Elevate Your Holiday Dinner With These Mexican-Inspired Recipes

As Thanksgiving approaches, many families look forward to the traditional feast featuring turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. While these classics hold a special place in our hearts, why not spice up your Thanksgiving table this year with Mexican food? Join us this month at California Burritos as we explore two mouthwatering Mexican-inspired dishes that are sure to add a festive twist to your holiday dinner!

Fried Polenta with Chorizo:


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled chorizo
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil
  • Gradually whisk in the cornmeal and salt, stirring constantly to avoid lumps
  • Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens
  • Remove the polenta from heat and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro, and crumbled chorizo
  • Transfer the polenta to a greased baking dish and let it cool and set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours
  • Once the polenta has set, cut it into squares or your desired shape
  • Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and fry the polenta squares until golden brown on each side
  • Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro for an irresistible appetizer or side dish

Roasted Chile Cornbread:


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn 
  • 2 tablespoons diced roasted green chilies


  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and grease a baking dish or cast-iron skillet
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, and eggs
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined
  • Fold in the corn and diced roasted green chilies
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish or skillet
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
  • Allow the cornbread to cool slightly before slicing and serving


Get the Best Mexican Food at California Burritos!

Did we spark your cravings for delicious Mexican food? To discover all of our food options, we encourage you to check out our online menu or visit one of our four locations today. In the meantime, we look forward to dining with you!

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