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Beans, Grains, & Potatoes

These are the true staple ingredients of the South American diet, and they can be prepared in so many creative ways. Try these delicious traditional recipes from different South American countries.
  1. Bean Dishes (15)
  2. Potato Dishes (14)
  3. Rice Dishes (7)

South American Recipes for Beans
Beans are abundant in South America, and an important part of the cuisine. Every country seems to have its special bean variety, and a traditional recipe to go with it. Beans are nutritious and economical, and the leftovers are often delicious the next day, wrapped in a tortilla for lunch. Enjoy this list of typical South American recipes that feature the humble frijol, and remember that canned…

Feijoada - Brazilian Black Beans with Smoked Meats
This savory black bean and meat stew is the national dish of Brazil, traditionally enjoyed for lunch on Saturday.

Venezuelan Steak with Black Beans and Rice - Pabellon Criollo
Pabellon criollo is a traditional beans and rice dish from Venezuela, with seasoned black beans, white rice, and tender flank steak.

Plato Paceño - La Paz Lunch Plate of Fried Cheese, Potatoes, Beans & C
Plato paceño is a typical lunch meal in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. It's a simple vegetarian meal of fried cheese, corn on the cob, lima beans, and potatoes that will keep you fueled for a long afternoon of work or play.

Peruvian Steak, Rice & Beans
Leftover rice and beans are combined into a pancake, fried, then covered with a thin blanket of steak. The whole thing is topped off with a fried egg. Served with a side of fried plantains, tacu tacu is one of the most delicious example of a hearty Peruvian midday meal.

Colombian Red Beans - Frijoles Colombianos
This is quick version of the traditional Colombian red beans and rice, using canned beans in order to skip the overnight soaking and long cooking.

Dhal Lentil Stew
These East Indian dish made its way to the South American countries of Suriname and Guyana, where some tropical touches were added.

Lentil and Potato Casserole - Torta de Batata com Lentilha
Savory lentils and mashed potatoes come together in this hearty vegetarian shepherds pie.

Smoky Black Bean Chili with Ham - Guiso de Frijoles Negros con Jamón
A rich and smoky black bean chili, perfect for chilly nights.

Aloo Curry - Curried Potatoes
Aloo curry are easy to make curried potatoes with great flavor.

Savory Quinoa Porridge - Pesque de Quinua
This savory, creamy quinoa is a traditional Bolivian dish.

Chimichurri Roasted Potatoes - Papas Asadas con Chimichurri
Toss some potato wedges with chimichurri sauce, throw them in a hot oven, and you'll have tasty latin roasted potatoes in no time.

Marinated New Potatoes - Batatinha em Conserva
These marinated baby potatoes are a popular side dish for Brazilian-style churrasco.

Roasted Red, White and Blue Potatoes on the Grill
Celebrate the 4th with this patriotic dish of roasted red, white and blue potatoes cooked on the grill.

Colombian Coconut Lentils and Rice - Arroz con Lentejas y Coco
A quick and delicious recipe for rice and lentils, this makes a great vegetarian filling for tortillas. In Colombia this dish is served with steak and fried plantains.

Lima Bean Salad - Ensalada de Pallares
Enjoy this lima bean salad made with tender lima beans, onions, and tomatoes tossed in a lime juice vinaigrette.

Chilean Bean and Corn Stew
A Chilean specialty, porotos granados is a savory vegetarian stew of fresh cranberry beans, squash, and corn.

Crispy Yuca Fries
Deep frying yuca is one of the best ways to enjoy the starchy, crispy texture of this edible root.

Papa a la Huancaína - Peruvian Potatoes in Spicy Cheese Sauce
Papa a la Huancaína is a traditional dish from the Peruvian town of Huancayo. Boiled potatoes are sliced and drenched in a delicious cheese sauce made with yellow chile peppers, and garnished with slices of hard boiled egg and black olives.

Best Pinto Beans - Frijoles Pintos
These tasty pinto beans are seasoned with smoked ham and sautéed vegetables.

Papa a la Huacaína Potato Salad - Ensalada de Papas con Huancaina
A twist on the Peruvian dish papa a la huancaina, this potato salad is dressed with creamy huancaína sauce and garnished with hard boiled eggs, bacon bits, and green onions.

Arroz Blanco - Basic South American-style White Rice
Here's a simple yet delicious recipe for making rice. First some garlic is sautd in oil, and then the water and rice are added. This simple extra step makes an enormous difference in flavor.

Quinoa and Cranberry Pilaf
Cranberries, cinnamon and cumin spice up this deliciously aromatic pilaf. Great with bread and salad as a meatless main course, or alongside chicken or fish.

Black Eyed Peas and Rice - Arroz con Frijol Carita
Slightly spicy black and eyed peas and rice for a quick and tasty meal.

Papas Chorreadas - Colombian Potatoes with Cheese Sauce
Papas chorreadas are a Colombian specialty - red potatoes smothered in a delicious sauce made with onions, tomatoes and cheese.

Peruvian-style Frijoles Escabechados
These Peruvian-style black beans are prepared "escabechado", which means something similar to "pickled", but results in a great sweet/sour flavor combination.

Bandeja Paisa - Colombian Steak, Red Beans & Rice
A classic Colombian dish, bandeja paisa is a meal for those with hearty appetites. Fried steak, red beans, rice, chicharron (fried pork rind), an arepa, and a fried egg are all served together on one (big) plate. It's certainly not a dieter's dish, but once in a while it's fun to indulge.

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