These Latino Thanksgiving dishes are traditional family recipes that work beautifully for your holiday cooking and feasting. While it’s true that Thanksgiving in not a holiday we celebrate in the Spanish-speaking places we come from, once we live here, many Latinos adopt this U.S. holiday that is all about family, gratitude and togetherness. Sprinkling a little authentic sabor into your family feast this Turkey Day is a soul-filling way to add beloved family traditions and flavors to your table.
Ready to wow your guests? Check out these 5 delicioso recipes trusted by 5 of our favorite Latino homecooks to cook their way home for the holidays.
Holiday Feast Dish 1: Arroz con Gandules for a Side
While you’re passing the mashed potatoes, how about also offering friends and family Doña Felipa’s family-famous recipe for arroz con gandules—for a little Puerto Rican sabor on the side?
Holiday Dish 2: Pumpkin Flan for Dessert
Instead of the expected apple and/or pumpkin pie, how about pumpkin flan, made either the classic way (mmm!) or in our Familia Kitchen Healthy & Delicioso flip—dairy-free and less sugar?
Holiday Dish 3: Flancocho for Dessert
If your guests love chocolate, serve them this D.R.-style flancocho, made as Dominican cake tradition dictates: with pineapple juice. Flancocho is 50% chocolate bizcocho, 50% lush flan: 100% rico.
Holiday Dish 4: Picadillo in Your Stuffing
Here’s one of our favorite ideas for Latino Thanksgiving dishes. Give your stuffing criollo Puerto Rican or Cuban flavor by mixing in beef picadillo with olives and mucho garlic to the bread, celery, onion and garlic—bypassing the usual sausage?
Holiday Dish 5: Mole for Turkey Leftovers
Time to talk leftovers. What better way to use what wasn’t devoured from your turkey (especially the dark meat and drumsticks!) than to serve it in a traditional mole sauce or in your tamales filling to feed the crowd still hanging around your house after T Day?
Spice Up Your Thanksgiving With These 5 Latino Dishes!
Here are 5 of Familia Kitchen’s favorite family-famous dishes to add traditional sabor to your Thanksgiving and keep it going for your Christmas and holiday feasting this year. Check out all 5 recipes in our Thanksgiving menu lineup: Make arroz con gandules as an alternate side to serve alongside las mashed papas. For dessert, try flancocho or pumpkin flan—super rico! And your Thanksgiving table will be the talk of your family and friends, garantizado, if you add savory beef picadillo to your stuffing. And when it’s all done, put those super-rico pavo leftovers in a family-famous mole recipe or in tamales because the crowd is always hungry for homecooking, hecho con amor.