Thanksgiving with Latin Flavor

Thanksgiving with Latin Flavor

Add a touch of Latin flavor to traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and bring your own favorites as well.



Even though Latin countries don't celebrate American Thanksgiving, there’s still a chance to blend cultures and traditions. It’s the perfect holiday for bicultural families. It's a time to gather together, to celebrate and to create your own traditions.

The Turkey
Turkey is the focal point of Thanksgiving, and there are many, many ways to cook it – including a bit of Latin flavor. Some options to consider:

  • Brine the turkey in a ceviche-esque marinade of lime, garlic and cilantro
  • Serve your bird with mole sauce
  • Make a pumpkin-avocado salsa to go alongside (or instead of) traditional cranberry sauce

The Sides
Traditional staples like mashed potatoes, stuffing and green bean casserole can probably go unchanged. But the side dishes are a great way to add some variety without having to come up with a whole new recipe.

Picadillos, oven-baked plantains, mashed yucca or fried yuquitas, and gallo pinto are all great options.

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Again, your roots (and tastes) should determine how you dress your mesa: corn on the cob with cilantro-lime crema, corn tamales, pulled pork or beef, potato or pasta salad, empanadas. The menu is yours to create.

The Desserts
A traditional Thanksgiving meal means there's always at least one pumpkin pie, one apple pie, and lots of whipped cream at the ready.

But there's also tres leches. And oven-baked plantains. And dulce de leche. And pan de elote. And ice cream, of course.

Argentineans might serve chocotorta. Peruvians could whip up individual servings of suspiro limeño. Mexicans consider their best flan recipe. The only question you need ask is: what sweets would Abuela have made?


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