Traditional Thanksgiving Dishes: Hispanic Culture

Día de Acción de Gracias, also known as Thanksgiving, is a very well celebrated holiday all over the world. Although not always the exact same as the American version of Thanksgiving, many cultures celebrate a day of giving thanks. These celebrations often take place sometime in the month of November. Many countries have their various traditional Thanksgiving dishes, but today we are going to talk about traditional Hispanic/Latin Thanksgiving meals.

  1. In El Salvador, one of the most famous traditional dishes would be Panes de Pollo. This dish is made with stewed chicken, bread, and fresh sliced vegetables. It may be a simple dish, but it is delicious! 
  1. One of the many popular Hispanic dishes are tamales. In Mexico, they have Tamales Rojos which consist of spicy red chile pork that is wrapped in a soft masa dough. You can also spread red chile sauce all over the tamales. These are delicious and a great comfort dish. 
  1. If you are ever looking to try Empanadas, you should try Empanadas de Pino from Chile. Empanadas de Pino are beef filled with ingredients such as raisins, olives, and hard boiled eggs, which are then wrapped with dough. Very simple, but a tasty meal for Thanksgiving! 
  1. If you thought that the Chilean Empanadas were good, then you should try the Bolivian Empanadas called Salteña de Pollo. These empanadas are sweet and buttery with a juicy chicken filling as well as potatoes, chili peppers, raisins, and olives. Such a buttery and delicious meal!
  1. In Guatemala, they have a dish called Pepián de Pollo. This features tender chicken pieces in spiced tomato, toasted pumpkin seed, and chile sauce. Not only is this a traditional Thanksgiving dish, but it is also commonly known as Guatemala’s national dish!

Although there are many Hispanic Thanksgiving dishes, these are just a few of them. Thanksgiving is very different in every Hispanic/Latin country. Even though we have many different traditions and cultures, we all share some similarities. So, make sure to eat well this Thanksgiving, whatever your culture, but do not stuff your mouth too much! Happy Thanksgiving to all! 

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