Latinized Thanksgiving dishes

What's better than spending a lovely, delicious day with family on Thanksgiving? As far as I'm concerned, nothing. There have been years where I was not able to go home and have Mami's cooking, and those are the years that I always regret. That's why I'm so happy to be spending this Thanksgiving with my family. The thing I'm most looking forward to, though, is making a perfect Thanksgiving Day menu with these 10 Latinished dishes. 

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My family usually has a pretty multi-cultural Thanksgiving anyway, but this year I'm REALLY loving our dinner plan. From the cayenne brined turkey to the pomegranate sangria to the pumpkin pie with pepitas, there's a recipe here that everyone will love--I guarantee it.

I'm sure there will be something for you on this list. And while many of us already have a Latinized tradition for Día de Acción de Gracias, these dishes are truly unique and bring even more of our flavor to the forefront. ¡Buen provecho!

Spicy mashed potatoes is the perfect way to kick up a basic side dish. 1

4 large Russet potatoes, peeled, cut into thirds
1/2 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
1 tbsp. cumin, ground
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tbsp. garlic, ground
1 1/2 tbsp. ancho chile, ground
2 tsp. sea salt, finely ground 

Get the full recipe directions from Scarletta Bakes.


Jalapeño cotija corn bread will be a hit with all the spicy-food lovers. 2

1/2 cup jalapeño, minced
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup corn
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup soy milk
1 teaspoon vinegar
3/4 cup crumbled cotija
1/4 cup blue agave
salt to taste 

Get the full recipe directions from The Latin Kitchen.


Green plantain turkey stuffing is the only way you'll like your stuffing moving forward. 3

6 green plantains
Vegetable oil for frying
1 lb. cooked bacon (chopped into small pieces)
6 cloves garlic (chopped)
3 sweet chili peppers (seeded and finely chopped)
1 small onion (finely chopped)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup chicken broth 

Get the full recipe directions from

Avocado & roasted tomatillo soup is the perfect to excuse to have avocado on Thanksgiving. 4

1 pound tomatillos
1 Anaheim chile
1 white onion, finely chopped (about 1 ¼ cups)
2 avocados, separated
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 cup veggie broth
2 teaspoons fresh, chopped oregano
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
7-8 twists freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon crème fraiche
1/8 teaspoon chipotle pepper in adobo sauce

Get the full recipe directions from The Wimpy Vegetarian.


Pomegranate sangria is so official. 5

1 (750-mL) bottle red wine (I used Pinot Noir)
2 cups Pomegranate juice
2/3 cup brandy
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 pears, chopped
1 apple, chopped
Pomegranate seeds, for garnish


This brown sugar & cayenne brined turkey is pretty genius. 6

2 gallons cold water
3 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup kosher salt
1.5 tbsp cayenne pepper
1 14-20 lb turkey
1 onion, roughly chopped
2-3 large carrots, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp butter 

Get the full recipe directions from PBS Food.


Everyone should try chili relleno casserole at least once. 7

1 pound poblano peppers (about 4)
14 ounce carton medium-firm or firm, water-pack tofu, drained
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine or water
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons corn meal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
6 to 8 ounces Daiya cheese 

Get the full recipe directions from Chez Cayenne.

This spicy oven roasted brussel sprouts will make everyone at your party love brussel sprouts. 8

2 pounds Brussels sprouts cleaned and cut in half vertically
4 cloves peeled garlic minced
4 shallots sliced
1 teaspoon Red Chile Flakes
Salt and Pepper
3 tablespoons Olive Oil 

Get the full recipe directions from Melissa's.


We're wondering where this spiced cranberry sauce has been our entire lives? 9

12-ounce bag of cranberries, bruised ones discarded, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 cup water
zest from 1 orange, about 1 tablespoon
2 3-inch cinnamon stick
4 cardamom pods
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch dried cloves
2 tablespoons candied ginger, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier, optional 

Get the full recipe directions from The Kitchn.

PumpkinpPie with pepita nut and ginger topping sounds beyond delicious. 10

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons unsalted raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
Large pinch of salt
2 tablespoons slivered crystallized ginger
1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon mild-flavored (light) molasses
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream

Get the full recipe directions from Epicurious.