Thanksgiving Day is a special time in Puerto Rico; it’s also the start of the best holiday time, tropical edition.

Here are some tips on what to expect the next couple of days! Puerto Rican holidays is all about food. Just knowing the right names to the best local cuisine can make your experience an unforgettable one.

“Pasteles, tembleque, coquito, arroz con dulce, guineítos en escabeche, aguacate, pique, arroz con gandules, pavochón… “.

Just some of the names of traditional Puerto Rican delicacies you will find everywhere during Thanksgiving Day:

  • Pasteles: a savory traditional dish made of mashed green bananas, plantains, yautía, cassava roots and made into a rectangular shape filled with pork, raisins, peppers, olives and nicely wrapped in green banana leaves. Boiled to perfection, soft textured and delicious flavors.
  • Tembleque: a favorite dessert made of coconut, coconut milk and topped with cinnamon.
  • Coquito: coconut drink with rum similar to eggnog but fantastically better.
  • Arroz con Dulce: another favorite sweet dessert made of rice, raisins, coconut milk and topped cinnamon.
  • Guineítos en Escabeche: green banana salad seasoned with garlic, onions, peppercorns, olive oil and vinegar.
  • Aguacate: The national fruit, everything goes with avocado.
  • Pique: a local, homemade hot sauce like nothing you have ever tasted.
  • Arroz con Gandules: delicious rice and pigeon peas that sometimes has meat in it and is covered with green banana leaves for a sensory experience and smoked flavor
  • Pavochón: turkey with a tropical flavor with all the condiments of how a roasted pork (lechón) is done. The result: a well seasoned and rich flavor.

Happiness and food coma guaranteed! Thanksgiving day is just a preview of what’s to come. Hope you are ready! Share with us your experiences in Puerto Rico!

“¡Buen Provecho!”