17 ideas for a Mexican Thanksgiving fiesta

Can’t Get Enough Mexican Food? Try a Mexican-Themed Thanksgiving!

Are you looking to spice up your Thanksgiving dinner by infusing some local Mexican flavor? We don’t blame you! We love Thanksgiving, but with so many Mexican ingredients right at our doorstep, why not shake things up with a South of the Border twist on your traditional Thanksgiving meal? Try these recipes to knock your family right out of their socks this Turkey Day. Our purpose here wasn’t to reinvent the wheel… many amazing folks have put together fantastic Mexican Thanksgiving recipes. We just tried to gather a feast-worth of these into one easy post for your consumption! So here goes:

Mexican Thanksgiving Starters

Mexican Thanksgiving starters - Polenta with chorizo

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Fried Polenta with Chorizo
This recipe harkens back to our Native American and Mexican neighbors by mixing polenta and chorizo. It is a winning combination that is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Mango Pomegranate Guacamole
If you are going to have a Mexican-themed Thanksgiving, you might as well have guacamole! This guac is anything but ordinary, though, incorporating pomegranates for a bit of seasonal flare.

Mexican Thanksgiving Breads

Mexican Thanksgiving Bread - Galletus de Suero

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Soft, home-made breads, rolls, and other doughy baked delights are definitely traditional Thanksgiving fare. Here are a couple of awesome Mexican takes:

Galletas de Suero (Buttermilk Biscuits)
This is a traditional Mexican biscuit that fits right in at a Thanksgiving dinner.

Roasted Chile Cornbread
Looking to add a little extra spice to your traditional cornbread? This is a recipe for you!

Vegetables and Sides for a Mexican Thanksgiving

Mexican Thanksgiving dinner vegetables - Roasted corn

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Mexican-Style Roasted Corn
This recipe is akin to the corn sold in Mexican street markets and is oh-so-good when garnished with a little cilantro and fresh chile powder.

Roasted Chile-Lime Broccolini
Add a little spice to this year’s Thanksgiving veggies with this recipe.

Brussels Sprouts with Chorizo
A delicious twist on a traditional fall vegetable.

Spicy Chorizo Pistachio Pear Stuffing
Ditch your normal stuffing in favor of this sweet and spicy alternative! Try it with cranberry sauce for a taste combination your guests won’t be able to resist!

The Bird – Mexican Thanksgiving Turkey

Mexican Thanksgiving Turkey in Mole

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OK, so the turkey is understandably the most important (read: stressful) part of any Thanksgiving meal. We understand if you are hesitant to try something new in this department. But, for those brave souls who are willing, here are two excellent Mexican takes on the Thanksgiving turkey.

Turkey in Mole Poblano
Mole poblano for Thanksgiving? Don’t mind if we do!

Chile-Rubbed Turkey with Beet Stuffing and Gravy
This recipe keeps it a bit more traditional, adding a bit of a kick with the chile flavors.

Desserts for a Mexican Thanksgiving!

Mexican Thanksgiving desserts - Pumpkin empanadas

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Mexican Bread Pudding
This recipe is traditionally a Lenten staple in Mexican culture, but we think that it is appropriate for Thanksgiving as well. Using piloncillo, a Mexican brown sugar, this is the ultimate end-piece to your Thanksgiving meal.

Pumpkin Empanadas
Trade in your pumpkin pie for these delicious pumpkin empanadas!

Tres Leches Pumpkin Flan
Flan can be tricky, but for those dedicated enough to try, here is a pumpkin version of this Mexican favorite!

Mexican Thanksgiving Drinks


Courtesy of Muy Bueno Cookbook

No real fiesta is complete without some liquid refreshment for the grown-ups, and we’ve found a couple of amazing fall recipe’s for you to try out:

Mexican Eggnog
The difference between this recipe and traditional eggnog? Mexican canela (cinnamon) and vanilla. I’ll take this alternative any day!

Cranberry Margarita
Skip the cranberry sauce and head straight to the liquor cabinet this year. Cranberry margaritas are the perfect Mexican Thanksgiving cocktail!

BONUS: Nontraditional Menu Options

Mexican Thanksgiving salad - Avocado and roasted Yam

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This ain’t your mama’s Thanksgiving dinner! Try these recipes for something totally different, with a traditional twist.

Pumpkin Tacos
This totally off the beaten track recipe has us intrigued with its Mexican pumpkin spread!

Avocado and Roasted Yam Fall Ensalada
Essentially a Mexican salad with yams-close enough for us!

You can make an entirely Mexican-inspired meal, or switch out a few recipes here and there. Or, if you just can’t wait for Thanksgiving to have an authentic Mexican meal, and you find yourself near Fort Worth, why not swing by and see us!