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Fiesta Style Cranberry Sauce - An easy cranberry sauce with unexpected and fantastic flavor!

We’re sharing this Fiesta Style Cranberry Sauce recipe as part of a sponsored post for Ocean Spray®.

As a food blogger, I have to say – I get invited to some very cool events! And if you follow me over on Instagram or Twitter then you might have seen some photos of my recent trip to New York City where I enjoyed a fabulous lunch right in the middle of a cranberry bog display at Rockefeller Center®!

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At the event, I joined our Massachusetts-based neighbors Ocean Spray®, special guest Australian Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone, and a group of other bloggers where we all suited-up in waders and explored The Evolving Thanksgiving Table.  At our lunch I learned that, according to a recent survey conducted by Ocean Spray, half of all Americans say their Thanksgiving dinner menu has changed over the years – and it now includes both traditional and globally-inspired fare.

Fiesta Style Cranbery Sauce - A Family Feast

During our lunch, Chef Stone spoke about his love of cooking with seasonal ingredients, and he also shared some delicious dishes – all made with Fall’s number one ingredient: the cranberry!  We enjoyed a menu consisting of a variety of dishes that incorporated traditional tastes, modern tweaks, and influences from around the globe.

Fiesta Style Cranberry Sauce - A Family Feast

Every ‘Thanksgiving Traditionalist’ and ‘Turkey Day Daredevil’ in attendance at our lunch found something to love on the menu!

Fiesta Style Cranberry Sauce - An easy cranberry sauce with unexpected and fantastic flavor!

And although our own family’s Thanksgiving menu leans more toward the traditional – my favorite recipe of the day was this Fiesta Style Cranberry Sauce that we’re sharing here today. It’s a very non-traditional sauce made with Ocean Spray fresh cranberries, oranges, serrano chile, lime zest and cilantro! I never would have thought to put these flavors together – but this cranberry sauce is absolutely fantastic, and we’ll be making this recipe for our own Thanksgiving dinner coming up in a few weeks!

Fiesta Style Cranberry Sauce - A Family Feast

Ocean Spray products – including Ocean Spray® Fresh Cranberries, Ocean Spray® Cranberry Juice Cocktail, or Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries are Thanksgiving menu staples! And is a great place to search for entrées, appetizers, side dishes, dessert or drink recipes that you and your guests will love. On their website, you’ll also find lots of helpful tips and tricks for entertaining this Thanksgiving season, and you can even take a fun quiz to find YOUR Perfect Thanksgiving Plate.

Visit Ocean Spray on their website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

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Ocean Spray is a grower-owned cooperative celebrating its 85th anniversary this year. Ocean Spray is made up of more than 700 grower-owners (including Glen and Clinton May, pictured above), many of whom have enjoyed the farming way of life for generations.

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Fiesta Style Cranberry Sauce

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups


Recipe reprinted with permission from Ocean Spray.


  • 3 cups Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
  • 2 oranges, peeled and segments removed, then coarsely chopped
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 small chopped serrano chile, seeds and veins removed for less heat if desired
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped


  1. Combine cranberries, oranges, sugar and water in a large saucepan and cook over medium-low heat until sugar has dissolved (about 30 seconds).
  2. Increase heat to medium and boil until cranberries pop and start to thicken slightly, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. Stir in serrano chile and lime zest.
  4. Cool completely, stir in cilantro before serving.

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Fiesta Style Cranberry Sauce - An easy cranberry sauce with unexpected and fantastic flavor!

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