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Latinos Have Their Own Thanksgiving Traditions, Here’s a List!

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, meant to celebrate the (not so sweet) origins of our country. Although the history of this holiday is much less savory than turkey dinner, its message of gratitude is a positive one, and ain’t nothing wrong with a day devoted to food. Plus, the definition of “American” is rich and complex—and Latinx folks have roots that go much further back in our country’s history than the very first Thanksgiving. So…if Thanksgiving is an American celebration, it is definitely a Latinx celebration, and you don’t know Thanksgiving til you’ve indulged in some of these Latinx traditions.

Pairing a pernil with the turkey.

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Pernil is also popular around Navidad, but it’s not unusual to see one alongside the usual turkey. As either a pork roast or pork shoulder, this bad boy is marinated overnight and slow roasted for ultimate tenderness and flavor. IMO, the pernil is much more mouthwatering than that big stuffed bird—that is, unless the turkey is a serious pavochon (adobo and extra meat, anyone?).

Stuffing the turkey with chorizo or bacon or beef—or ALL OF THE ABOVE.

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That’s right—no bland bread-based stuffings in this bird. A proper Latinx turkey comes with ALLLL the meat (usually pork, though: pavo/turkey, lechon/pork). Not only can you create a delicious stuffing with this meaty mixture, but you can prepare the turkey as though it were a roast suckling pig, slathering it with adobo, sazon, garlic, and oregano. Buenísimo.

Serving some kind of rice as a side dish.

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The stereotypical Thanksigiving menu comes with a lot of sides, but rice isn’t usually one of them (at least, not in non-Latinx homes). It’s definitely typical to see some type of rice—arroz verde, arroz con gandules, arroz amarillo, arroz con leche (though we’ll get to that later)—squeezed onto that very full, very tantalizing table.

Bringing mashed potatoes and/or mofongo.

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Latinx families are broad and super diverse, hailing from all over North, South, and Central America. While they definitely bring their own cultural flavor to the Thanksgiving meal, dinner might still involve things like mashed potatoes. But how do you think mashed potatoes stand up to mofongo, that scrumptious, salty smash of fried plantain, garlic, and olive oil? We know the answer, but it’s also nice to have options.

Dressing up just to sit together in la sala all night.

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Everyone knows everyone, and everyone knows what everyone looks like sin arreglarse. Sometimes no one even leaves the house all day. Still, it’s somehow important to look nice for all the tíos.

Chismeando, chismeando, chismeando.

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This is obvious—what’s a holiday without gossip? Of course, everyone is talking a million miles a minute (almost definitely in Spanglish), reminiscing and telling stories and catching up. But that sweet, sweet chisme—it’s the bread and butter (well, the pan de bono) of the whole conversation. It’s sustenance, baby, and it never runs out.

Drinking a TON of alcohol. Seriously…a lot of it.

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Coquito? Tequila? Poncha caliente? Pisco sours? Refajo? Depends on what tu familia prefers, but those glasses are always full of some kind of boozy goodness. Thanksgiving is a time for gathering and recognizing all the things there are to be thankful for—for spending quality time with your loved ones. But for Latinx families, it’s also the perfect reason to throw a raucous fiesta.

Drinking plenty of non-alcoholic beverages, too.

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For the niños (or those who don’t drink), there is no shortage of traditional non-alcoholic concoctions at the Thanksgiving feast. From champurrado to atole de arroz, the options are limitless and perfectly seasonal—these potions warm you to your soul.

Bailando, bailando, bailando.

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No matter what you’re drinking, you are probably dancing along with everyone else. Throughout the whole preparation of the meal, and the many hours after, la casa is bumping with salsa and bachata. The true champions are the tíos and primos and even los abuelos who can dance with a plate full of food in one hand, and a glass full of something in the other. Thanksgiving is lit, y’all.

Replacing stereotypical Thanksgiving desserts with an abundance of Latinx treats.

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Oh, yeah. Like the arroz con leche mentioned above, Thanksgiving desserts in Latinx households are the cherry on top of a truly magical meal. Instead of pies—pumpkin, apple, pecan, whatever—think flan (of any variety), turrónchurros, guava paste, pastel de tres lechesdulce de zapallo (and the list goes on and on). No matter how stuffed you are from dinner, there is always room for some of this good good.

No matter how your family celebrates, make sure to enjoy Thanksgiving with the people you love. Eat incredible food, drink yummy beverages, and dance the night away!

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BREAKING: After Almost Thirty Years, A Tía Abuela Took The Plastic Off Of Her Chair And Twitter Is Sweating

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BREAKING: After Almost Thirty Years, A Tía Abuela Took The Plastic Off Of Her Chair And Twitter Is Sweating

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In 2001, the Wall Street Journal wrote a piece about plastic slipcovers. The headline? Plastic Slipcovers Are the Clear Choice For Immigrants — and Trend-Setters. The piece examined the reasons why immigrants in particular use plastic slipcovers. Of course, as children of immigrants and immigrants ourselves, we don’t need A Wall Street Journal article from the early aughts to tell us why they come in handy. Furthermore, why they’ve proven to be a household essential amongst our families. For so many Latino households, slipcovers have been used as protective devices. Things to preserve our furniture for special occasions years and years down the line like if the President or Jesus ever come around. In short, the slipcovers only come off for very special occasions.

One abuela recently decided that she was done waiting for special occasions and stripped the covers off.

In a recent post to a user’s Twitter page, an abuela can be seen carefully doing away with a slipcover she’d been using for 30 years.

In a post to Twitter, a user known as @TheTaeWae shared a video of her great aunt peeling a very old and yellowed slipcover off of her fancy couch. “Y’all my great aunt took the plastic off of her chair for the first time in 30 some years,” she shared in the post.

The great abuela is not the only one pumped though. Users on Twitter cannot get enough of it.

Literally the video is the sweetest thing because the user’s great aunt is so clearly excited to have a chance to sit down on the fancy fabric of the chair.

Fans were super excited to see what the rest of this woman’s house looks likes.

And many users were eager to share cleaning tips to keep the sofa in shape.

Seriously, if you’ve got hot tips tell us in the comments below.

Because some Latinas are revealing that their own aunts and abuelas’ furniture looks like.

And we are here to cheer them on as they take them off.

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Get Ready To Loosen Your Belt– KFC Is Launching A New Chicken Sandwich

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Get Ready To Loosen Your Belt– KFC Is Launching A New Chicken Sandwich

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We’ll just come out and say it. Chick-fil-A just isn’t worth it.

Known for sparking a fried chicken sandwich craze and Sunday closures, Chick-fil-A should be better known for its long history of contributions to charities with anti-LGBTQ stances. It also has ties to a 2019 decision by a Ugandan government minister to announce his intention to make homosexuality punishable by death in the country. The National Christian Foundation has ties to the promotion of the bill to make homosexuality punishable by death. The foundation has funded projects that opposed LGBT rights in Uganda. The WinShape Foundation, which has ties to Chick-fil-A, has funded the National Christian Foundation.

Now some chicken sandwiches are worth the regret, but when a wimpy bun with teeny tiny pickles comes with a side of homophobic murders… we’ll take a hard pass.

All of this is to say that when it comes to eating good fried chicken sandwiches there are other and better options. And it turns out we’re coming into a bit more luck because KFC is launching a new one!

Kentuck Fried Chicken’s New Sandwich

It turns out “KFC Chicken Sandwich,” KFC is testing an extra crispy chicken that might just cause another series of riots like Popeyes did a year ago. Set on a buttered brioche bun, topped with pickles and spicy mayonnaise. This one is definitely one to try when it comes out.

Price: $3.99

Popeyes

Popeyes sparked riots of all kinds when it launched its now-beloved fried chicken sandwich made with brioche bun, a substantial cut of buttermilk battered chicken, pickles, and mayonnaise. Many have argued that its the best chicken sandwich in the fast-food realm for quite some time and we have to agree it’s pretty flawless.

Price: $3.99

Wendy’s

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Toasted bun, chicken breast, tomato, lettuce, and mayonnaise you got it! The chain with a head of red hair and pigtails laid down the gauntlet a while back when it claimed on Twitter that it has the best fried chicken sandwich and that its competitors were simply “fighting for second best.” And truth be told, it’s not bad.
Price: $5.79

Burger King

Made with a potato bun, white meat chicken filet, tomato, lettuce, and mayonnaise, Burger King lends a Crispy Chicken Sandwich that lives up to its claims of royalty.

Price: $5.99

Jack in the Box

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Greasy, fried, and delicious chicken sandwich is a value-menu item that comes at a pretty cheap price.

Price: $1.89

Arby’s

Arby’s offers up a solid sandwich in the name of the chicken sandwich wars with a star cut bun, buttermilk breaded chicken, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and mayonnaise.

Price: $4.99

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