A Dozen Cousins products are inspired by traditional Black and Latino recipes from throughout the Americas. For hundreds of years, African, Spanish, and Indigenous peoples mixed and interacted – creating dozens of sub-cultures and leaving behind a thread that connects the food, art, and music of the region.

Diverse Foods with Shared Origins

A Dozen Cousins Founder and CEO, Ibraheem Basir

As a child in Brooklyn, A Dozen Cousins founder and CEO Ibraheem Basir grew up on a steady diet of his mother’s traditional Southern or Creole family dishes. Surrounded by neighbors who were from the Caribbean or other parts of Latin America, his family’s table incorporated those cultural recipes and dishes, resulting in a delicious melting pot of Creole, Caribbean, and Latin American cooking.

As he got older and learned the importance of eating naturally, he hated that it was hard to find convenient foods that were both healthy and authentic. He started A Dozen Cousins so that it would be easier to enjoy authentic cultural recipes made with wholesome ingredients.

From Virginia to Venezuela there are few dishes loved more universally than a good pot of beans. To keep that love alive, A Dozen Cousins slow cook their beans using real, wholesome ingredients and season them using time-tested recipes.

On a Mission to eliminate socio-economic health disparities

A Dozen Cousins is on a mission to inspire families of all backgrounds to eat better food and live longer, more vibrant lives. The company’s vision is for all Americans to live a healthy lifestyle, regardless of who they are, where they live, or how much they make. People living in under-served communities (such as low-income families and members of certain ethnic minorities) face many obstacles to living a healthy lifestyle. Because of a wide range of factors such as tighter food budgets, lower nutritional education, and limited access to outdoor play spaces, these communities are at far greater risk for obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related illnesses. In order to help reverse this trend, in addition to making healthy and delicious products, A Dozen Cousins provides an annual grant (and volunteer support) to non-profit organizations that are working to eliminate socio-economic health disparities in the US. Learn more about their Mission and Social Impact.

A Dozen Cousins at GreenStar

Try A Dozen Cousins meals, and enjoy a modern twist on a classic dish. A Dozen Cousins cooks their ready-to-eat beans, with real non-GMO ingredients and nutrient-dense avocado oil. Pair them with rice, put them in a taco or burrito, make a bowl, or enjoy them on their own. You can pick up A Dozen Cousins Cuban Black Beans, Mexican Cowboy Beans, Trini Chickpea Curry, or Classic Refried Beans in Aisle 3 at our 770 Cascadilla Store, and embark on your own culinary adventure!