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Tired of Turkey? Try These Alternative Holiday Dinners Ideas

Dec. 3, 2021

If you’re ready to ditch the turkey and serve more interesting and unique holiday meals, then use delicious Mission tortillas to create fun options for your family. With everything from tacos to spicy mac and cheese, you’re sure to find new holiday meals that everyone will enjoy.

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If you’re planning your menus for the rest of the holiday season, try spicing things up and adding some fun, surprising dishes to the table! It’s easy to move beyond turkey and cranberries when you can combine rich flavors, unique spices, and delicious Mission tortillas into something different and fun. Here are six ideas for alternative holiday meals that will leave your family wanting more.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter Chicken Tacos

For an alternative holiday meal that still highlights flavors of the season, try this pumpkin butter chicken. You can easily make this meal even with the busiest holiday schedule since most of the cooking is done in the crockpot without supervision! Assembling the delicious pumpkin butter chicken along with fresh and crispy apple slaw in our Extra Thin Yellow Corn Tortillas makes for a new twist on traditional pumpkin flavors this time of year.

Grilled Salmon Tacos with Cherry-Chipotle Salsa

Amid the turkey and ham of the holiday season, why not add in some delicious fish? Salmon has a rich flavor that’s perfect for complimenting other holiday ingredients, and these tacos are just the recipe for impressing your guests with elevated fare. A surprising cherry-chipotle salsa gives these tacos their standout flavor (and is a great alternative to yet another meal with cranberry sauce!). Use our Organic White Corn Tortillas for a soft taco shell that won’t overpower the salmon.

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Margherita Flatbread Pizza

Holiday meals often involve gathering lots of family and friends together, but cooking for a big crowd can be overwhelming! Put some fun back into meal prep by letting everyone help prepare their own personalized pizzas using our Fresh Signature Flatbread. The perfect size for a personal pizza, these flatbreads crisp to perfection after about 10 minutes in the oven. Set out a toppings bar so that everyone can choose what they like while chatting with friends and relatives during this special season.

Poblano Mac & Cheese

The beauty of mac and cheese is that it’s a dish everyone loves – from kids to grandparents, nothing beats this creamy and flavorful dish. For some festive fun this season, kick things up a notch and add poblano peppers to the traditional recipe (and blackening the skin first will bring out a rich, smoky flavor). For even more surprising fun, our Thin and Crispy Tortilla Chips crumbled on top add a crunch that balances the creaminess and spice perfectly. Bring the dish to the table while the cheese is still bubbling for a memorable holiday meal.

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Chicken Verde Enchilada Bake

For a holiday-themed meal that goes beyond traditional turkey, try these chicken verde enchiladas. Full of flavor and fun (and a little bit of spice!), this dish can easily be prepared to serve any size group, from a small family to the whole extended crowd! Rather than using traditional tortillas for these enchiladas, make things easier by crushing our Strips Tortilla Chips in the bottom of the dish before piling delicious toppings to the brim. Every scoop of these enchiladas will be cheesy, spicy, and crunchy.

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Bite-Sized Fare

If your holiday dinner features more mingling and less sitting-down-to-eat, then appetizers that are easy to share might be more fun (and easier!). For something festive without being fussy, this Pimento Cheese Dip Star is the perfect food that doubles as decoration! The kids would even love to help put this display together. For heartier appetizers that still highlight the holidays, try making these Cauliflower Roll Ups or Rosemary Chicken Pinwheels using our Garden Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Basil Wraps for the ultimate combination of flavor and fun. Your holiday party will be pleasing to the eye and palate!

When you’re ready to set aside the turkey, try one of these fun holiday meals instead – everyone around your table will be impressed!


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