Getting Started with South American Cooking
Get started here with the basics: the special ingredients, the most popular traditional dishes, and the history and traditions that have shaped South American cooking.
South American food is known for its use of fresh local ingredients, including seafood, exotic tropical fruits, and unusual Andean grains and tubers.
- Aji Amarillo - Peruvian Chile Pepper
- Aji Panca - Mild Red Peruvian Chile Pepper
- Andean Potatoes
- Choclo - Andean Corn
- Dulce de Leche - Milk Caramel
- Limes from South America
- Kiwicha - Andean Grain
- Masarepa - Precooked Corn Flour
- Queso Fresco Cheese
- Quince - Membrillo
- Quinoa - The Andean Supergrain
- Tuna Fruit
- Shopping for South American Ingredients
- Yuca, Cassava, Manioc
Most Popular South American Dishes
Certain classic South American dishes have achieved world-wide recognition and popularity. Foods like ceviche and empanadas may vary from country to country, but they remain quintessentially South American.
- Asado - South American Grilling
- Breads of South America
- Ceviche - Marinated Seafood Salad
- Basic South American-style Rice
History and Culture
South American food is more than just recipes. The cuisine is tied into the culture - so much so that almost every recipe has an elaborate story to tell. This is a collection of some of the interesting anecdotes and history related to South American food.
- An Introduction to South American Food
- South American Grilling
- The Gaucho Knife
- Yerba Mate Tea
- Chicha Morada - The Purple Corn Drink
- Seasoning and Salsas
- Sushi in South America
- Chifa: Peruvian-Chinese Fusion