Are you looking to add flair to your traditional Thanksgiving meal? Surprise family and friends with these three Mexican dishes inspired by the Tex-Mex and Mexican food served at Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina. Filled with flavor, these dishes are certain to get rave reviews!
Latin American Cornbread Stuffing
Stuffing has always been a traditional dish at Thanksgiving, but why not jazz it up in true Latin American flair with a little cornbread? Use store-bought cornbread stuffing mix to save time.
Making the cornbread stuffing is easy. Here's what you need:
- 1/2 pound chorizo sausage
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
- 1 medium onion
- 1 jalapeno
- 2 stalks celery
- Cornbread stuffing mix
- 1 tsp. cumin
- Chicken broth
Chop up your sausage, cilantro, onion, jalapeno and celery. Place them in a frying pan and cook until the vegetables are tender. Transfer to a bowl. Add the package of cornbread stuffing to the mixture and stir until well combined. Mix in a teaspoon of cumin. Add enough chicken to moisten all the bread crumbs, usually a cup of broth is enough. Transfer the mixture to a buttered baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and voila!
Mexican Candied Sweet Potatoes
Almost every Thanksgiving table has sweet potatoes with the roasted marshmallow topping. Mexican Candied Sweet Potatoes capture the same sweetness, but the addition of cinnamon and cloves with a condensed milk drizzle truly impress your guests.
Peel two sweet potatoes and chop them into cubes. Two large sweet potatoes will feed approximately six to eight guests, so you may need to adjust the portion accordingly. Toss the cubes with 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and add cinnamon and cloves to taste. Transfer to a greased baking sheet and roast for 45 to 60 minutes. Drizzle with condensed milk before serving.
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
While pumpkin pie is traditionally served, many of your guests will go for a hearty pumpkin bread pudding. Again, it’s easy to make. Use your favorite bread pudding recipe and toss in one cup of canned pumpkin to the liquid mixture of eggs, milk and sugar. Pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves and allspice) complement this dish nicely. If you need a recipe, here’s a quick and easy one.
- 5 cups day-old bread cubes
- 1 ½ cup light cream
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon each ground cloves and allspice
Mix everything but the bread cubes together until well combined. Stir in the bread cubes and transfer to a greased casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
Treat yourself by letting someone else do the cooking as holiday shopping and social events take center stage. Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina specializes in bold, flavorful Tex-Mex and Mexican food throughout the year. Save money and take advantage of Papa Lopez’s free children’s meals every Monday and Tuesday. Relax and enjoy a hearty meal! You can even do your holiday shopping by purchasing Papa Lopez gift cards before you leave.