Our Story

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I grew up in Brooklyn with a big family, and dinner time was always loud, tasty and full of love.

Our kitchen was a delicious melting pot of my mother’s southern cooking and all the rich flavors she picked up from our Caribbean and Latin American neighbors. As I got older and started learning more about the importance of eating natural foods, I hated that there wasn’t an easy way to enjoy all the great dishes I grew up with. I started A Dozen Cousins because I want more families to have authentic foods that are delicious and easy to prepare. I named the brand after my daughter, her 11 cousins, and all the great family dinners we enjoy together. Also, it’s really fun to say :)

IBRAHEEM    Founder, A Dozen Cousins


Founder, A Dozen Cousins


Diverse Foods with Shared Origins

Our 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 this region.


Made with the Best Ingredients

We use wholesome, easy-to-recognize ingredients like beans, vegetables and nutrient dense avocado oil while avoiding GMO's and artificial flavors.  We want to make sure that we are all around long enough to enjoy time with our grandkids, and we believe that starts with a diet that is heavy on real food and light on junk.


We're on a Mission

to inspire families of all backgrounds to eat better food and live longer more vibrant lives. Unfortunately, there are many people that need a little extra help towards that goal. Americans living in under-served communities face real obstacles to living a healthy lifestyle. As a result, they are at far greater risk for obesity, diabetes and other diet-related illnesses. In order to help reverse this trend, we provide 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 our Mission & Social Impact