Mexican Thanksgiving Menu

If you love Mexican food, you'll want to dig in to these Thanksgiving dinner ideas immediately. All your favorite holiday foods are here, but with a South-of-the-Border twist! Roasted Pumpkin Guacamole, Chipotle-Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie, and more are on the menu.

Your go-to Mexican foods and your favorite Thanksgiving fare have combined to create a one-of-a-kind, totally tasty Thanksgiving dinner. Starting with Roasted Pumpkin Guacamole and finishing with Chipotle-Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie, this Mexican Thanksgiving menu offers the best of both worlds from the first course to the last bite.

Once you've tried all the yummy recipes on this menu, check out more of our favorite Mexican meal ideas. As amazing as these autumn-inspired dishes are, there are even more great recipes to last you the entire year.

Appetizer: Roasted Pumpkin Guacamole

Homemade guac is always a winner. Make your guacamole extra fitting for fall by adding in roasted pumpkin! This flavorful seasonal twist is enhanced by the addition of pumpkin seeds, cilantro, cumin seed, lime juice, and more. Add a little kick with jalapeno, then enjoy this colorful and delicious autumn guacamole with tortilla chips.

Fan Rave: "This is a really good recipe! We mashed the contents together for a more dip-like consistency. With both lime-flavor and blue corn chips, it is fantastic." — Katy Gulya

Get the recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Guacamole

Salad: Roasted Butternut Squash and Beet Salad with Queso Cotija

Beets, butternut squash, and pumpkin seeds: This salad is full of autumnal flavor and color. Of course, there are plenty of good-for-you greens to balance out the richer cuisine to come.

If that isn't enough to make you excited to eat your salad, there's a Marinated Red Onion Vinaigrette recipe to bring everything together. Sprinkle on some Cotija cheese for a finishing touch. 

Tip: If you can't find pumpkin seed oil for the vinaigrette, try toasted sesame oil or olive oil instead.

Get the recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash and Beet Salad with Queso Cotija

If you're hosting a large fiesta, add another one or two of our best Mexican appetizers and sides.

Vegetable Side Dish: Chorizo-Stuffed Squash

Say adios to boring vegetables! This baked squash is stuffed with ingredients that capture the best flavors of the season with a hint of Mexican flair. Peppers, chorizo, raisins, Cotija cheese, and a blend of herbs and spices all make an appearance.

This dish looks fancy, but is secretly simple to make with only 25 minutes of hands-on time.

Get the recipe: Chorizo-Stuffed Squash

Potato Side Dish: Baked Sweet Potatoes

Sweet and spicy is a perfect combination in this recipe! Skip the sweet on sweet (like the traditional marshmallows on top of sweet potatoes) in favor of spicy on sweet by topping baked sweet potatoes with jalapeno chile peppers, crumbled queso fresco, and/or kosher salt. Worried that the sweetness of the potatoes will be lost amidst these flavors? Don't fear! There's also honey, canela (Mexican cinnamon), and nutmeg in the mix to keep a good balance of sweet to spicy.

Get the recipe: Baked Sweet Potatoes

Entree: Cilantro-Lime-Rubbed Turkey

Cliantro isn't just for salsa! This roast turkey recipe includes a half cup of the fresh, citrusy herb. Add in some parsley, lime peel, honey, and other seasonings, and your bird will be tastier than ever.

In addition to instructions for this delectable turkey, we're also sharing our tips to make a Cilantro-Lime Gravy. (Save some to drizzle over the Baked Sweet Potatoes, too!)

A succulent herb-infused turkey paired with a rich gravy is a winning Thanksgiving combo that your guests will definitely appreciate.  

Get the recipe: Cilantro-Lime Rubbed Turkey

Dessert: Chipotle-Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie

Q: What do you get when you combine cheesecake, pumpkin pie, and a chipotle pepper twist?

A: This incredible sweet and spicy dessert.

It's an unexpected and original recipe that will disappear from your dessert table in a flash. Start with a pastry crust, then add a cream cheese layer with vanilla and cranberry sauce. Next, mix up your pumpkin mixture (which includes the chipotle pepper!), and pour it on top of the cream cheese mixture. Bake and plate with a dusting of cinnamon and powdered sugar, if desired.

Get the recipe: Chipotle-Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie

Add a special touch to your dessert with these easy yet showy crust techniques. All start with the same single-crust recipe called for in this Mexican pumpkin pie recipe!

Add a Cocktail (or Mocktail)

Instead of wine, this Mexican Thanksgiving menu is begging to be paired with a mixed drink, punch, or fresh juice. Might we recommend:

Even More Mexican Meals

Ready to try more delicious Mexican recipes (like these fully loaded nachos)? Whether you want a dish that's easy to make or one that won't destroy your diet, there's a dish for everyone.  

Prepare to discover your new favorite Mexican recipe!


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