Here you will find top Kwanzaa recipes for every course. This collection of recipes for the week long holiday will impress any crowd. You will find everything from soul food classics to Caribbean one-pot stews.
What Is Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is a celebration of African-American culture and life that lasts from December 26th to January 1st. Kwanzaa is does not have a religious affiliation. It was created by activist Maulana Karenga and first celebrated in the United Stated In 1966. Food is a large part of African-American culture and Kwanzaa too. On the final day, it’s common to have a large feast called karamu.
What Is Food Is Served?
Kwanzaa is a celebration of African-American culture. Menus include classic soul food recipes and foods of the African diaspora. This means everything from gumbo, to jerk chicken to candied yams. The recipes in this collection are all by African-American bloggers.
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Top Kwanzaa Recipes - Beverages
Southern Sweet Tea
Learning how to make Southern Sweet Tea is super easy. I will show you how Southerners make this essential drink made for the summertime and Sunday supper dinner refreshments.
Classic Jamaican Lemonade
This Jamaican Lemonade recipe is refreshing and delicious. Made with limes instead of lemons, this is a recipe that is perfect for those hot summer days.
Pineapple Coconut Rum Cocktail
This Pineapple Coconut Rum Cocktail is only 5 ingredients! So yummy and so refreshing, it’s a taste of the Caribbean!
Sorrel – Treat yourself to a refreshing, spiced-infused, fruity drink that will quench your thirst this summer and all year round. Something new and unique with a delicious blend of sweet, spicy, and tangy flavors. Just the perfect drink to wow your guest at every party.
Jamaican Rum Punch Recipe
This Jamaican Rum Punch Recipe is delicious and refreshing and the perfect drink to bring you to the Caribbean.
This version of homemade eggnog is a creamy and deliciously thick homemade cooked eggnog spiced up with nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. You can enjoy this drool-worthy and versatile holiday drink with or without booze. You’ll never buy store-bought eggnog again!
Super easy Jungle Juice is a great way to take care of drinks at a big party. Not only is it easy, but it’s also a cheap cocktail. Whether it’s for the neighborhood cookout, Super Bowl party, or some “me time”, this delicious drink with chunks of fruit floating in rum, vodka, triple sec, real fruit juice, and soda is a winner.
Winter Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail (With Cran-Rosemary Infused Simple Syrup)
This Winter Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail will impress all of your guests! It’s a twist on a classic gin fizz, made with an easy rosemary infused simple syrup and only a few ingredients!
New Orleans Hurricane Drink Recipe
The New Orleans Hurricane Drink is the quintessential NOLA cocktail that always get the party started. Perfectly sweet, tropical, and highly addictive, they bring a little bit of The Big Easy right to your home!!
Pomegranate Orange Champagne Cocktail
A delicious and refreshing Pomegranate Orange Champagne Cocktail perfect for the holiday season.
Top Kwanzaa Recipes - Main Course
Instant Pot Southern Hoppin’ John
Instant Pot Southern Hoppin’ John is a hearty & flavorful recipe that uses simple, affordable ingredients. Black-eyed peas star in this comforting Southern meal that’s perfect for New Year’s.
Brown Stew Chicken
Brown Stew Chicken – This classic Jamaican stewed chicken dish is incredibly rich in flavor. All the complementary sweet and spicy notes will make you want to whip this up for a weeknight meal and entertaining. And besides being delicious, it’s an absolute breeze to make!
Here you will find a list of the most authentic New Orleans style and best gumbo recipes online. Perfect for Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) celebrations or all year round for a dose of delicious Cajun creole comfort food.
Dirty Rice – What!!? You have to try this flavor-packed Cajun classic with ground beef or sausage, incredible spices (including the holy trinity), and soul-satisfying rice. Dirty rice is downright delicious and super easy for those busy weeknights.
Southern Neck Bones
This Southern-style Neck Bones (neckbones) recipe features tender, fall-off-the-bone pork necks covered in a light gravy. Each bite is packed with flavor thanks to the sage-infused spice rub.
Okra & Tomatoes with Chicken
This okra & tomatoes with chicken recipe is a healthy one-pot recipe that can be served any day of the week. Make this simple yet flavorful Southern recipe with ease in the slow cooker or Instant Pot.
Chitterlings, affectionately known as chitlins, is not a dish for the faint of heart. The mild taste of this quintessential soul food is hard to describe, and it’s nothing like it smells when cooking. The finished product is oh so good, especially when you serve it with vinegar and hot sauce next to collard greens, fried chicken, and cornbread.
Caribbean Grilled Whole Red Snapper
Fairly easy to make CARIBBEAN GRILLED WHOLE RED SNAPPER with a great blend of spice from ground allspice, garlic, ginger, paprika, basil, and thyme. Moist, tender, and oozing with great flavors!
Slow cooker turkey legs is an easy recipe that’s full of flavor. Switch things up this holiday season and cook your turkey in the crockpot. These rotisserie seasoned turkey legs can also be made in the Instant Pot.
Seafood Pot Pie Recipe
This Creamy Seafood Pot Pie is easy to make using store-bought crust, shrimp, lobster, crab, and frozen veggies. Load up on this double crust pie, it’s the ultimate comfort food dish the whole family will love.
Cajun Red Beans and Rice
Cajun Red Beans and Rice is the signature dish of Louisiana if there ever was one. This boldly spiced, thick, and hearty stew suits all seasons, moods, and meals. It’s easy understand the timeless appeal of such humble ingredients once you’ve experienced it for yourself.
Braised Beef Neck Bones
Braised Beef Neck Bones are richly flavored beef with fall-apart tenderness. They are pan-seared and slow-cooked in a pool of luscious wine-infused broth to achieve mouthwatering goodness. Indeed a comforting meal perfect for the whole family, especially when you pair it with mashed potatoes, fried rice, or egg noodles.
Jamaican Oxtails Recipe
This Jamaican Oxtails Recipe is fall off the bone tender and full of amazing flavor. It can be made in about an hour with your pressure cooker or cook it low and slow in a slow cooker.
Honey Butter Salmon
Cajun Honey Butter Salmon is the perfect balance of sweet and savory. It includes seared Cajun salmon and an easy honey garlic butter sauce. Make this easy dinner main dish in about 15 minutes using just one skillet.
Pot Roast Recipe
Pot roasts are one of my favorite foods. They are easy to make, juicy, and tender. And, thanks to the Ninja Foodi (or your favorite pressure cooker), the juicy tender meat does not need to take all day.
Fabulous Fried Chicken Recipes
Fried Chicken Recipes – Crispy, flavorful, juicy fried chicken is number #1 on the top ten soul foods list. And this cookout essential is easier than you think. Whether you decide to brine it in buttermilk, ramp up the spices, or go for a more traditional approach, we have it all.
Southern Fried Catfish
This Southern Fried Catfish is golden brown on the outside and flaky and delicious on the inside. Seasoned through and through, it’s the perfect recipe for when you want a good piece of fried fish
Pig’s Feet – Moist, succulent, and packed with flavor! Slow-cooked over low heat makes for an unbelievably tender, juicy, and perfectly flavorful meal. This is soul food at its best!
Jamaican Callaloo and Saltfish Recipe
This Callaloo and Saltfish recipe is an easy and healthy delicious meal. Popular in Jamaica and usually eaten for breakfast, it’s a dish that your whole family will enjoy.
Top Kwanzaa Recipes - Side Dishes
Green Beans and Potatoes
These Southern Green Beans and Potatoes are the perfect combination of flavors. Green beans and potatoes are cooked until tender in a flavorful broth. Have them on the side of your favorite Southern entree.
Jamaican Gungo Peas and Rice
This Jamaican Gungo peas and rice recipe is a classic Caribbean side dish that is full of traditional Caribbean flavor. Made with coconut milk, rice, and other delicious spices, this side dish goes well with your favorite Caribbean meal.
Collard Greens With Ham Hocks
This recipe will show you how to make traditional Southern collard greens by boiling the meat from a smoked ham hock. Collard greens with ham hocks is a soul food staple side dish and is served during the holidays and for Sunday dinners.
Classic African American Cornbread Dressing
This Classic African American Cornbread Dressing is made the traditional way and is the version prepared and served by most Black families. It’s baked with the Holy Trinity ingredients, green pepper, onions, celery, and sage. Serve this for soul food side dish for Sunday dinners, Christmas, or Thanksgiving.
Jollof Rice is probably the most famous West African dish. It’s long-grain rice spiced up with tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, garlic, and thyme, then simmered in a delicious chicken broth for a flavor-packed comfort food guaranteed to soothe your soul.
Southern Fried Cauliflower
This recipe for Southern Fried Cauliflower will satisfy all your comfort food cravings. You’ll never miss the chicken with this plant-based snack on the menu! They’re lightly battered and seasoned with savory spices for a perfectly crispy, flavorful finish.
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole delivers the ultimate comfort food. Creamy potatoes, flavorful cheddar, and the perfect amount of spice create a drool-worthy one-pot meal. A make-ahead casserole that comes together in 20 minutes for the win!
Slow Cooker Candied Sweet Potatoes
This slow cooker sweet potatoes recipe is sweet & savory. Free up your stove-top or oven this holiday season and cook this comforting side dish in the slow cooker!
This Southern Fried Okra Recipe features okra breaded in a delicious cornmeal coating then fried until golden creating a perfect crunchy texture! Typically served with Fried Catfish, this is truly an amazing comfort side dish!!
Patti Labelle’s Mac and Cheese Recipe
This mac and cheese recipe is famous and belongs to the one and only Patti Labelle. This baked macaroni and cheese is cheesy, seasoned, and delicious. Also known as “over the rainbow mac and cheese”, it’s a recipe that has been made and shared by many home cooks.
Vegan Buttermilk Biscuits
These delicious Vegan Buttermilk Biscuits have a rich and flaky texture with only 7 ingredients! They taste just like the buttermilk biscuits you know and love, but dairy free
Fried Plantains with Poulet DG
Fried Plantain with Poulet DG (Director General) is a super flavorful African meal featuring fried plantains, chicken, and vegetables in a tasty herb sauce inspired by French cuisine. Fancy and delicious, this dish is traditionally reserved for special occasions.
Jamaican Patties Recipes
I’m sharing a fantastic collection of Jamaican patties recipes that will give you soul-satisfying goodness. With so many to choose from—meaty or vegan, sweet, spicy, and savory—these buttery and flaky pastry pockets filled with exquisite fillings are highly addicting.
Top Kwanzaa Recipes - Desserts
Black Folks’ Sweet Potato Pie
A buttery, crispy crust filled with sweet mashed potatoes and warm spices make this sweet potato pie recipe the only one you’ll ever need. The beloved traditional Southern dessert has been passed down for generations. It’s economical, easy, and downright delicious.
Bacardi Rum Cake
This Bacardi Rum Cake Recipe is incredibly moist and boozy. Made with Bacardi rum and other simple ingredients, this cake is easy to make but tastes amazing.
A super easy and delicious 4 ingredient no bake Kool-Aid Pie made famously in the South. It comes together in minutes!!
Easy Peach Cobbler (with Canned Peaches)
This Peach Cobbler made with canned peaches is delicious and easy to make. With an easy homemade crust and a gooey and tasty filling, this cobbler is the perfect Southern dessert.
One of the creamiest mixtures of gooey sour and sweet, this Southern buttermilk pie, like this Buttermilk Pound Cake, is a family staple meant for every dinner gathering and holiday.
Southern Pecan Pie Recipe
Southern Pecan Pie – Complete your holiday feast with a richly decadent dessert on the table. This classic Southern pecan pie is filled with sweet buttery goodness and crunchy pecans. And it’s a super easy pie to make, yet truly impressive, making it perfect for any occasion.
Southern Chess Pie
Southern Chess Pie – A Southern classic comfort food that celebrates the holidays in style. Decadent, rich, and perfectly sweet custard filling wrapped up pin a flaky homemade pie crust is happiness on a fork. Plus, it’s a breeze to throw together!
Best Banana Pudding Recipes
The Best Southern Banana Pudding Recipes is a vast collection of traditional and unique twists of the Black Southern Banana Pudding recipe that is perfect for those that love this classic Southern dessert.
Ambrosia Salad – Indulge in this heavenly, creamy salad loaded with fruit, marshmallows, grated coconut, and crunchy nuts. Light and refreshing, it comes together in less than 10 minutes. Sweet, tangy, and fruity, oh my!
Buttermilk Pound Cake
Pound cake is classic Southern comfort food, and you can never have too many recipes. There’s just something so soul-satisfying about the perfect ratio of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. Make it a buttermilk pound cake, and you can overcome anything.