This collection of recipes for South American dips and salsas might come in handy when you have an excess of tortilla chips lying around, but these dips and salsas can be used in many other ways as well. Try serving them over chicken and rice, or with pasta, with vegetables, or as part of a filling for burritos or empanadas.
Guasacaca is Venezuela's version of guacamole, and it is typically served as a condiment for grilled meats. This guasacaca recipe has a chunky texture that's perfect for chips (see recipe for creamy-style guasacaca here
Chimichurri is one of most delicious and versatile sauces around. It's traditionally served with grilled steak, and is an essential part of the Argentinian parilla, but it goes great with chicken and fish too.
This versatile, spicy yellow sauce is the perfect accompaniment to roasted chicken, vegetables, french fries, and fried yuca. The star ingredient is the aji amarillo chile pepper
, a staple in Peruvian cooking.
The key ingredient in this special green sauce (a favorite accompaniment to pollo a la brasa
) is the Andean herb known as huacatay ("wah-ka-tay"), or Peruvian black mint.
Quick and easy to prepare, salsa criolla is the perfect accompaniment to many dishes. The lime juice is what makes this onion salsa/relish special. It adds a bright flavor that sweetens the onions and livens up everything else on the plate.
This bright green salsa goes well with just about anything - empanadas
, grains (toss it with some just cooked quinoa
), grilled meats, etc. It is similar to chimichurri sauce, but with scallions and spicy green chiles instead of garlic.
Huancaína (wan-kay-eena) sauce is typically served over cold sliced potatoes in the famous Peruvian dish Papa a la Huancaína
. Made with aji amarillo peppers
, it is a versatile sauce that goes with many flavors.
This hummus-like dip makes a great substitute for guacamole when avocados are scarce. It's delicious on nachos, spread on bread, or as a topping for a vegetable pizza.
Mango sauce is an excellent accompaniment to chicken or fish. You could also use it as a basting glaze for grilling
, or as a dipping sauce for empanadas
(fried cheese wantons).
This passion fruit sauce is one of my favorite recipes. It's easy to make and goes well with so many different dishes. Try it brushing over grilled chicken, and then serve the chicken with mango salsa
and rice. It's excellent drizzled over tropical sushi rolls
. You can also omit the garlic and use this as a dessert sauce.
Dulce de Leche (also known as manjar, manjar blanco, and arequipe), is widely adored all over South America. It's in birthday cakes, ice cream, pastries, cookies and more. Dulce de leche is extremely versatile as a dessert ingredient, but it's just as delicious eaten plain with a spoon.