When it came to Thanksgiving I knew everyone ate turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, what I didn’t know is that they didn’t have tamales and menudo with their meal. However, in high school I quickly learned that my non-Latino friends and classmates had their own family history to tell on a plate.

Like most American families we had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, but that was in addition to the tamales, menudo, chile con queso, homemade pasteles, and whatever else my grandma, mother, and tia’s made for our large family potluck.

So this year at Thanksgiving may your family’s plate be filled with all the recipes you love and treasure most. Remember to write the ones you never want to forget and hold them dear.

If you want to add a few Mexican inspired dishes to your traditional Thanksgiving meal check out these flavorful dishes for some ideas. Even if you don’t want to recreate an entire menu, putting out some pumpkin empanadas or starting the meal with some spicy acorn soup may bring some unexpected conversation to your meal.

From Our House to Yours

May your Thanksgiving be filled with the joys of home and family, warmed by the blessings of friendship, and touched with the beauty of the season.

Pumpkin Empanadas

Galletas de Suero (Buttermilk Biscuits)

Capirotada (Mexican Bread Pudding)

Chile con Queso

Brie and Figs

Avocado and Roasted Yam Fall Ensalada (Salad)

Spicy Acorn Squash and Apple Soup

Persimmon Mojitos

Champurrado (Mexican Hot Chocolate)

Calientito (Warm Pear Cider)

Cranberry Margarita

Tres Leches Pumpkin Flan

Mini Pumpkin Pies

We all know the star of Thanksgiving is the turkey but what else is your favorite dish on Thanksgiving?

Photography by Jeanine Thurston