No strangers are invited 1
While some non-Latinnos allow random people to come over to eat with their families, Latinos generally don’t play that. It’s not that we aren’t friendly--we are just cautious. You won’t get invited to a Latino Thanksgiving dinner without being close to the family or having them know you for years and earning the title of “prima” without actually being a cousin.
Everyone gets involved 2
This is the time of the year that mamás and abuelas put the younger generation to work in the kitchen! Whether it’s peeling plátanos or potatoes, everyone has a part in making the Thanksgiving feast, which makes it feel even more about familia.
A telenovela is on at some point 3
There may be a celebration going on, but there is always at least one television in the house that has a telenovela playing in the background. Abuelitas are really thankful for that.
Our stuffing has cilantro in it 5
There's nothing wrong with a traditional turkey stuffing, but we all know that Latin spices, especially cilantro, makes everything better. The Latino turkey stuffing is rich in flavors and just can't be beat!
There’s turkey AND ham 6
You probably won’t go to a Latino Thanksgiving dinner and just spot a turkey on the table. A roasted pork (pernil) or ham is a must for the relatives that would rather pass on the hot bird.
Rice and beans are a must 7
Yes, you’ll have the traditional sides like lasagna and mashed potatoes, but rice and beans will not be missing from the table. Thank goodness.
We have desserts covered 8
Pumpkin and apple pies are delicious, but flan, tres leches or bread pudding always take the cake. Our Thanksgiving Day feasts are all about variety and feature un poco de todo. Of course dessert isn’t complete without a cup of espresso or café con leche.
There's no holding hands at the table 9
Claro, we say a prayer and give thanks, but there is none of that holding hands business at the table. ¡A comer!