5 Mexican Ways to Eat Turkey for Thanksgiving

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BLECCH...
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which is my most-hated of all holidays. Forget the whole Indian slaughter thing--Thanksgiving messes with our production schedule. Turkey as served by gabachos is vile. Thanksgiving is a manufactured holiday that forces families together usually torn apart by the machinations of capitalism.

But does anyone listen to me? HELL NO. Hell, my own Mexican mom has zealously celebrated El Dia de Acción de Gracias even though it's not a Mexican tradition, going so far as to make a full turkey, cranberry dressing, stuffing, and all that jazz. She has always ignored my pleas to do something, anything not involving an American-style turkey. Maybe I should show her this list, because turkey is not only indigenous to Mexico, but we have regional recipes far better than what Butterball has convinced us is the only way to eat guajolote. And, no: turkey tacos or enchiladas, or turkey rubbed with chipotle or using turkey as a substitute for chicken doesn't count. We're talking about dishes with some heritage, cabrones.

5. Turkey Mole

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Mole poblano de guajolote

This one is obvious, and it's also historic. Mexico's ancients were eating mole long before cows, pigs, and chickens invaded the Valley of the Sun, so they were likely slathering sauces on turkeys when the Visigoths were still ruling Spain. Here, the infamously dry meat becomes sprightly due to the all-encompassing mole.

4. Turkey Tamales

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And if the ancients weren't eating their turkey in mole, then they were stuffing them in masa, steaming the results, and creating tamales. Turkey tamales usually come with a green sauce ala their pollo hermano, the better to let it all soak in.

3. Caldo de Pavo

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This is caldo de queso, not caldo de pollo, but you get the drift...

Turkey soup--'nuff said.

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downtownbrown
downtownbrown

Ju forgot the best one, Turkey hash burritos.  Take a scoop of stuffing, some mashed potatoes and yams, some shredded  turkey meat and gravy in a bigazz tortilla.  Roll it like cheech and you're good to go.

Manny Gonzalez-Reyna
Manny Gonzalez-Reyna

Igualmente Miguel, Oj-Alah que la pasen de lo mejor en compania de los suyos, Happy Thanksgiving!

Miguel Berumen
Miguel Berumen

Pura calidad, excepto para el pobre pavo jajaja feliz die de accion de gracias

Ralph Pope
Ralph Pope

just make me some thanksgiving tamales homes.

Mern Matimoom
Mern Matimoom

Awww come on now. Some of us Mexicans like the traditional American Thanksgiving. Don't knock it

Angela Bagby
Angela Bagby

The REAL first Thanksgiving was with the Spaniards and they ate bean soup, duh! Don't do Mex on Thanksgiving but that extra turkey sometimes sitting in the freezer is always good for turkey mole later with cheesy refried beans.

Manny Gonzalez-Reyna
Manny Gonzalez-Reyna

wow a mi me gusta mucho el adobo y el chipotle! le preparo a mi esposa comida Mexicana! (y)

Manny Gonzalez-Reyna
Manny Gonzalez-Reyna

Pavo COCHINITA PIBIL Style! [achiote & naranja agria] ...Y bajarsela with Horchata!!! YUMMY!

JV Joaquin Vazquez Jr.
JV Joaquin Vazquez Jr.

Caldo de panochas? Surely you refer to the in studio crew and guest on Tom Leykis Ask a Mexican segment lol.

Juan Torres
Juan Torres

Iliana Cornejo remember the sopa de lima con pavo....

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

The most Mexican way to eat your turkey dinner this Thursday, is also the most easiest way. With a Herdez jalapeño. Tell me I'm wrong?

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Is turkey a part of traditional mexican cuisine at all? 

Miguel Berumen
Miguel Berumen

Turkey skewers marinated in Lime, achiote and epazote with tamarindo and peanut dipping sauce. Wash it down with agua fresca de chia and have some mini tamales de cacao sweetened with agave syrup.

Ascary Morera
Ascary Morera

First day we eat it normal then the coming days I make tacos, tortas and caldo.

Luz Maria Encinas
Luz Maria Encinas

STFU Jason McLeanMcLean. I used instant to feed 209 ppl at work....not for my fam function.

Jason McLean
Jason McLean

Why do all my Mexican friends use instant potatoes?? It makes no sense. Ain't that right Luz??

Massy
Massy

My dad doesn't like turkey so we eat a giant jamón. The leftovers are amazing. You can put ham on everything!

Juan E Gutierrez
Juan E Gutierrez

wheres the turkey taco in the article, con tortilla guey!

Nash Alvarado
Nash Alvarado

SAZ! Since I was tadpole, I hated the taste of turkey and the smell. When I first tried the stuffing, I raplhed it! The smell still makes me wanna ralph. I got a cure for that. I stay outside and get me a burger.

Marianna Peña
Marianna Peña

I like my traditional turkey with all the fixings. I don't want to be tired of tamales by the time Christmas rolls around.

Milla CK
Milla CK

Thank you Gus! i need something to do with the elftovers!

Suzanne Hernandez
Suzanne Hernandez

We have deep fried turkey and all the trimmings (my husband is southern) plus red and green tamales, red chile to smother and pho (my sister's husband is Vietnamese). Gotta love our mixed multicultural family especially at the holidays.

Samantzin Molina
Samantzin Molina

My grandma cooks it pibil. So sometimes we get pabo pibil :D

Lynn Maners
Lynn Maners

Mole de guajalote? (I just finished reading Planet Taco)

James Bean
James Bean

My brother makes an excellent Pastilla chili with ground turkey. Low fat diabetic friendly and very tasty!

Bradley James Rogers
Bradley James Rogers

My step dad and I would make Burritos with left over turkey - dressing and sriracha sauce.

Kelly Brown
Kelly Brown

Also ensalada de pavo ( instead of pollo) and I make a great tinga de pavo con salsa de chipotle .

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