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Main Courses - Platos Principales

In South America, the main course, or plato principal, is the heart of the meal. From grilled meat to vegetarian fare, there is something for everyone.

Swiss Chard and Chorizo Savory Tart - Pastel de Acelgas
This double crusted savory pie is filled with swiss chard and chorizo sausage.

Chicken Breasts in Creamy Coconut Sauce
Sauted chicken breasts in a creamy sauce made with coconut milk.

Brazilian Black-Eyed Peas and Rice - Baião de Dois
This tasty dish of black-eyed peas and rice is from Northeastern Brazil, and there is an interesting story behind its name.

Peruvian Roasted Chicken with Yellow Potatoes - Pollo a la Brasa
This roasted chicken recipe with yellow potatoes has the flavor of Peruvian rotisserie chicken, pollo a la brasa, and is very easy to make.

Peruvian Spicy Creamed Chicken - Aji de Gallina
Aji de gallina is a classic Peruvian dish, made with aji peppers, chicken, and a cream sauce.

Chimichurri Chicken en Croute
Chicken breasts seasoned with chimichurri sauce and baked in puff pastry - an elegant dinner.

Chancaca-Glazes Salmon with Pineapple Salsa
This glazed salmon is topped with a delicious pineapple salsa.

Grilled Fish with Plantain and Coconut Salsa in Banana Leaves
A recipe for grilled fish with plantain, wrapped in banana leaves.

Crockpot South American Pulled Pork
Cumin, oregano and green chiles and lime give this pulled pork delicious Latin flavor.

Quinoa Mushroom Risotto - Quinotto
Quinoa risotto, or "quinotto" is a rich and creamy version of the Andean grain quinoa.

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

Carne Guisada - Savory Beef Stew
A rich, slightly exotic beef stew with hints of the tropics, thanks to a secret ingredient.

Chicken Breasts with Ginger Passionfruit Sauce
This recipe for moist and tender chicken breasts, simmered in passionfruit juice and chicken stock, and glazed with a passionfruit ginger sauce, works well for a quick weeknight dinner or for a special occasion.

Guava Glazed Chicken
These chicken tenderloins glazed with guava jelly, ginger and soy sauce are quick to make and delicious.

Coconut Cashew Chicken Tenders with Sweet and Sour Guava Sauce
Crispy coconut cashew chicken tenders with a sweet and sour guava dipping sauce.

Pollo a la Brasa Chicken Breasts - Recipe for Peruvian Marinated Chicken
Baked chicken breasts with Peruvian roast chicken flavor.

Yellow Potato Gnocchi with Creamy Aji Sauce
This Latin Italian fusion dish features golden yellow potato gnocchi in a cream aji amarillo pepper sauce.

Pork and Sweet Potato Guiso Stew
This easy and nourishing stew is a crowd-pleaser, with its rich, sweet contrasting flavors.

Lomo al Trapo - Grill-Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Tender, delicious tenderloin steak roasted in a salt crust.

Lomo Saltado - Peruvian Stir-fried Beef and Potatoes
This a classic Peruvian dish, a mix of Chinese stir-fry and Peruvian meat and potatoes. Serve it with rice for a delicious hearty dinner.

Grilled Chicken Tacos
These grilled chicken tacos will please a crowd, even picky eaters.

Quick Peruvian-style Chicken Stir Fry - Pollo Saltado
This Peruvian-style chicken stir fry has onions, bell peppers, and fried potatoes - a Latin-Asian fusion dish that's sure to please.

Weeknight Skillet Chicken with Kale, Tomatoes, Amaranth & Quinoa
Sautéed chicken breasts, breaded with amaranth, are served over quinoa, kale and tomatoes in this weeknight, one-skillet meal.

Shrimp Paella - Arroz con Camarones
A quick and tasty dish of shrimp with rice.

Easy Chorizo Paella - Quick Chorizo and Rice
A quick and easy paella recipe for weeknights.

Bistec a lo Pobre - Steak and Potatoes with Fried Eggs
A satisfying dish popular that varies from place to place in South America, this dish is not complete without steak, fried eggs, fried potatoes, and fried onions.

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.

Marinated Grilled Flank Steak with a Kick
A delicious grilled flank steak that is marinated in a mixture of jalapeño "liquid", olive oil, and spices.

Charquican - Chilean Beef Stew
Charquican is a traditional Chilean beef stew made with dried beef (charqui), squash, and potatoes.

Chorizo Sausage & Beef Chili with Choclo Corn
This spicy beef and bean chili with chorizo sausage and choclo corn is even better the day after it's made.

Quinoa Sausage Casserole Pastel de Quinoa
This casserole works well as a main course, but can also be used as stuffing for poultry.

Venezuelan Chicken Pot Pie - Polvorosa de Pollo
Polvorosa de pollo is a delicious Venezuelan pastry filled with a rich chicken and vegetable mixture.

Grilled Steak Sandwich with Chimichurri and Sweet Onion Salsa Criolla
A delicious sandwich of grilled steak, garlicky chimichurri sauce, and sweet onion relish (salsa criolla).

Lechon Asado - Seasoned Roast Pork
Lechón asado is a deliciously seasoned tender pork roast that is perfect as a main course, with leftovers that make excellent sandwiches (pan con lechón).

Grilled Cumin Lime Chicken - Pollo a la Plancha
For foolproof juicy, flavorful grilled chicken - brining is the key!

Grilled Pork Ribs - Costillas de Cerdo a la Parilla
These pork ribs get lots of flavor from a spicy marinade and a smoky grill.

Pork Rib Plate with Fried Eggs - Costillas de Cerdo a la Riojana
This big plate of ribs, vegetables, french fries and fried eggs will satisfy any appetite, Argentinian-style.

Peruvian Stewed Chicken in Cilantro Sauce - Seco de Pollo
Seco de pollo is a delicious stewed chicken dish with a beautiful green cilantro sauce.

White Bean and Chicken Chili with Roasted Green Chile Peppers
A slightly spicy flavorful chili made with white beans, chicken or turkey, and roasted green chile peppers.

Ham and White Bean Stew - Guiso de Jamon y Frijoles Blancos
A nourishing winter stew of white beans and smoky ham.

Argentinian Sorrentinos - Ravioli Pasta with Ham and Mozzarella Cheese
Sorrentinos are a popular and unique Argentinian pasta. They are round stuffed raviolis, filled with ham and cheese and ricotta.

Creamy Venezuelan-style Lasagna - Pasticho Venezolana
This Venezuelan lasagna has lots of creamy bechamel sauce, in addition to the regular beef and tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.

Veggie Venezuelan Lasagna - Pasticho de Verduras
A rich vegetarian lasagna, prepared iVenezuelan-style with a creamy bechamel sauce

Pasta con Salsa de Berenjena - Pasta with Eggplant and Tomatoes
Pasta with eggplant and tomato sauce is an Italian dish that is quite popular in Argentina.

Tamales - How to Make Tamales
Tamales are one of the most famous South American foods. These tamales have a delicious pork filling which is easy to make in the crockpot.

Garden Produce Tamales
These vegetarian tamales have a savory filling of corn, vegetables, and cheese.

Quick and Easy Cheese Tamales - Tamales de Queso
These cheese tamales are delicious and easy to make.

Spanish Tortilla with Chorizo - Tortilla a la Espanola con Chorizo
A hearty Spanish omelette made with eggs, potatoes, and chorizo sausage.

Tamale Pie - Pastel de Tamal
This "tamale" pie is classic comfort food, and much simpler to make than traditional tamales.

Torta Espanola - Potato and Onion Frittata
This hearty one-skillet dish is simple yet satisfying.

Cheddar Potato Frittata - Torta Espanola con Queso
Potatoes, eggs, and cheese come together in this one-skillet comfort food dish.

Chorizo Breakfast Casserole - Pastel de Chorizo, Queso, y Pan
A rich and cheesy breakfast casserole made with fresh chorizo sausage.

Falso Conejo - Bolivian Beef with Onions
Breaded beef, sautéed onions, and vegetables are the main ingredients of this traditional Bolivian dish - but not rabbit, despite its name.

Easy Slow Cooker Stewed Chicken - Great for Empanadas or Tacos
This easy slow cooker stewed chicken is very versatile and makes a great filling for empanadas, tacos, and burritos.

Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable "Sliders" - Hamburguesas de Quinoa
These bite-size vegetarian quinoa "burgers" are tasty and good for you.

Tacachos con Cecina - Roasted Plantain Fritters with Pork
Tacachos are an specialty from the Amazon of grill roasted plantains with pork.

Breakfast Empanadas with Bacon and Eggs
These bacon and egg breakfast empanadas are a portable meal for any time of day.

Coconut Crusted Fish Fillets with Mango Salsa
A tasty and quick way to fry up some fish for dinner, this coconut crusted fish is delicious paired with the fresh mango salsa.

Spicy Aji Hamburger - La mejor hamburguesa - Como Bembo's?
Seasoned Latin-style grilled hamburgers are even better with chile ranch dressing and guacamole.

Tacu Tacu Veggie Burgers - Vegetarian Burgers with Black Beans and Rice
Spicy and delicious black beans and rice veggie burgers - a great vegetarian meal.

Savory Sausage Bread Pudding - Pudin de Pan Salado con Salchicha
This rich and savory bread pudding with sausage and cheese is great brunch dish.

Savory Bread Pudding with Mushrooms & Swiss Chard - Budin de Champiñones
A rich and savory bread pudding with mushrooms, swiss chard, and parmesan cheese.

Pastel de Col Rizada - Kale and Onion Tart with Queso Fresco
This savory vegetarian double-crusted vegetarian tart is filled with kale, caramelized onions, and cheese.

Shrimp in Plantain and Peanut Sauce - Cazuela de Camarón
Cazuela de camarón is a delicious shrimp "stew" with a rich coconut, plantain, and peanut sauce.

Peruvian Country Ham - Jamón del País
Peruvian jamón del pais is a specially prepared pork leg or loin, seasoned with aji peppers and other spices.

Argentinian-style Vegetable Pizza - Fugazzeta de Verdura
A double crust "stuffed" pizza, Argetinian-style, filled with veggies and cheese and topped with caramelized onions.

Grilled Fresh Corn Tamales - Tamales a la Parilla
These tamales are easy to cook on the grill, right alongside grilled meats.

Fugazzeta - Stuffed Argentinian-style Pizza
Argentinian-style double crust pizza stuffed with mozzarella cheese and topped with lots of onions.

Fugazza - Argentinian-style Focaccia
This Argentinian favorite is a focaccia-like pizza topped with lots of onions.

Fugazza - Onion Pizza
Fugazza is a foccacia-like pizza popular in South America that does not have tomato sauce and is often topped with onions.

Mexican Pizza with Refried Beans - Pizza Mexicana
A deep dish pizza with a cornmeal crust, topped with refried beans, cheese, and lots of Mexican flavor.

Chilean Beef and Corn Casserole - Pastel de Choclo
Pastel de choclo is a traditional dish from Chile. It's a beef casserole similar to shepherd's pie, but the meat and onions are topped with a delicious layer of creamed corn instead of mashed potatoes.

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.

Pollo en Escabeche - Chicken with Onions and Capers
A great weeknight dish of tangy chicken with onions and capers.

Oven Roasted Salmon with Plantains and Pineapple
This quick and healthy roasted salmon bakes in one pan with sweet roasted plantains and pineapple.

Salmon and Pineapple Skewers - Brochetas de Salmon y Piña
These salmon and pineapple skewers are sweet, salty, and savory all at the same time.

Spanish Tortilla with Sweet Potatoes and Bacon - Torta Espanola de Camote
This frittata-type dish from Spain is made with eggs and potatoes, and works well as an appetizer or main course.

Empanada Gallega - Spanish-style Empanada Pie
A large Spanish-style empanada "pie", filled with savory vegetables and tuna.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Manchego Cream Sauce - Noquis de Camote con Manchego
Soft gnocchi made with sweet potatoes, served in a rich manchego cheese sauce.

Savory Cheese Empanadas with Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Cauliflower
Small, tender empanadas with a flaky, cheesy crust, are filled with mashed potatoes and roasted cauliflower.

Parmesan Arepas with Roasted Butternut Squash - Arepas Parmesanas con Calabaza
Savory cheese arepas topped with roasted butternut squash make a great vegetarian entree.

El Salvador-style Chicharrón - Chicharrón Salvadoreño
In El Salvador, chicharron is seasoned shredded pork, used to fill pupusas, or thick corn tortillas.

Crockpot Carnitas - Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Carnitas are delicious pieces of pulled pork, perfect for tamales and arepas.

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

Torta de Fiambre - Urugayan Ham and Cheese Tart
Torta de fiambre is a savory pie, filled with ham, cheese and eggs.

Leek and Artichoke Tart with Queso Fresco - Pastel de Porro y Alcachofas
A beautifully tall and tasty tart, filled with savory green vegetables and creamy cheese.

Pastel Tart Dough - Masa para Pasteles
This recipe makes enough dough for a double crusted 9-inch savory tart.

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.

Venezuelan Perico - Scrambled Eggs with Onions and Tomatoes
Perico is a savory Venezuelan breakfast dish of scrambled eggs seasoned with onions and tomatoes.

Brazilian Açaí Bowl - Açaí Na Tigela
A refreshing bowl of nutritious acai with bananas and granola.

Weeknight Seasoned Chicken Tenders - Milanesas de Pollo
These seasoned chicken tenders are easy and quick to make.

Fish Tacos - Tacos de Pescado
Seasoned fish with corn and red pepper salsa fills warm corn tortillas.

Breaded Fried Steak - Milanesa
Milanesas crispy fried pieces of thin-sliced meat, usually steak.

Pineapple Mango Glazed Spiral Cut Ham
This pineapple mango glazed ham is perfect for a holiday celebration, or any large gathering.

Stuffed Red Peppers - Rocoto Relleno
In Peru this recipe is made with the rocoto pepper, which resembles a bell pepper but is extremely spicy. Rocoto peppers can be hard to find in the states, but this recipe is just as delicious when made with bell peppers.

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.

Argentinian Beef Stew - Carbonada Criollo
Carbonada criolla is a savory rich stew made with beef, tomatoes, potatoes, and corn, sweetened slightly with dried apricots. It's perfect for a winter supper.

Quick Skillet Steaks with Chimichurri - Lomo de Res al Sartén
Quick Argentinian-style steaks without firing up the grill.

Brazilian Shrimp and Okra Gumbo - Caruru de Camarão
Caruru de camarão is a quick and delicious shrimp and okra gumbo from Brazil.

Bahian Shrimp in Coconut Cashew Sauce - Vatap
This tropical and exotic dish is easy to prepare using frozen shrimp and canned coconut milk.

Brazilian Fish Stew - Moqueca de Peixe
This Bahian-style fish stew recipe is easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. Pieces of fresh fish are slmmered in palm oil and coconut milk with red peppers, onions, and tomatoes.

Corvina con Pimienta Molle - Chilean Sea Bass with Pink Peppercorns
Sea Bass and pink peppercorns are native to South America, and they are combined here in the novo andino (new andean) style. Novo andino cuisine uses traditional South American ingredients in new and creative ways, with influences from around the world.

Fried Rice with Okra - Arroz Frito com Quaibo
A quick weekend dish of fried rice with crisp fresh okra.

Black Bean Soup with Lime
A quick, low-fat black bean soup with the refreshing flavors of cumin and lime.

Navy Bean and Corn Soup from Argentina - Locro de Argentina
Locro is the Spanish word for stew, or thick soup. This navy bean soup is a version of locro from Argentina. It's similar to corn chowder, and is made with beans, chorizo, beef, smoked bacon, and squash, and served with a spicy salsa.

Quinoa Risotto with Roasted Corn - Quinotto con Choclo
A great fall dish of creamy quinoa "risotto", seasoned with bacon and onions, topped with roasted corn kernels.

Tahini Pasta with Chickpeas - Pasta con Garbanzos y Tahini
This creamy pasta has more Middle Eastern flavors than Italian, thanks to a tahini-based sauce and garbanzo beans.

Peruvian Shrimp and Potato Chowder - Chupe de Camarones
A thick and hearty shrimp chowder with yellow potatoes and corn.

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.

Anticuchos de Pollo - Grilled Chicken Skewers
Marinated chicken and vegetables are seasoned with cumin and hot peppers and grilled on skewers for a delicious main course. The chicken comes out tender and flavorful every time. This makes a great appetizer when served in smaller portions.

Grilled Beef Anticuchos - Anticuchos de Carne
Anticuchos are a South American specialty of marinated grilled meat on skewers. Garlic, vinegar and aji panca chile peppers give these beef anticuchos great flavor.

Weeknight Feijoada - Brazilian Black Bean Stew in the Slow Cooker
A simplified version of traditional Brazilian feijoada, prepared in the slow cooker.

White Beans and Sausage - Feijão Branco com Linguiça
These beans are a Brazilian favorite, cooked with Italian seasonings.

Quince, Chorizo, and Cornbread Dressing
Serve this cornbread and chorizo casserole with sweet potatoes and quince with roast chicken or turkey, or serve it on its own as a main course.

Turkey with Quinoa Chorizo Stuffing - Pavo Relleno con Quinoa y Chorizo
Quinoa and chorizo fill this elegant rolled turkey breast.

Arroz con Pollo Verde - Green Chicken with Rice
A basic comfort food recipe that has many variations throughout South America. This version has lots of cilantro, which is what gives it the striking green color. You can season this dish with saffron and paprika instead of cilantro, for a tasty variation known as yellow chicken with rice.

Lomo Asado - Patagonian-Style Grilled Tenderloin
Seasoned simply with coarse salt, these grilled steaks are tender and full of flavor.

Roast Turkey "A La Brasa" - Pavo Horneado
Roast turkey with the delicious flavor of the famous Peruvian pollo a la brasa.

Arroz Tapado con Carne - Covered Ground Beef and Rice
This simple but elegant beef and rice dish is great for company, but easy enough for any weeknight.

Vegetable Pastel de Choclo - Pastel de Choclo Vegetariano
Pastel de choclo is a traditional Chilean casserole which has a meat filling topped with a layer of creamed corn. This vegetarian version substitutes a flavorful vegetable ragout for the beef layer.

Leftover Tamal Casserole
This hearty casserole is a great way to use up leftover tamales.

Tira de Asado - Argentinian-style Grilled Beef Ribs
These ribs are cooked in the Argentinian way, with minimal seasoning and a special cut.

Ham and Potato Croquettes - Croquetas de Jamon y Queso
This croquettes are made of mashed potatoes, ham and cheese. Make them bite-size and serve as an appetizer, or make larger ones as a main course.

Quick Weeknight Chicken Tenders
These easy chicken tenders have a great South American flavor and are great in burritos or emapanadas.

Pollo Arvejado
This quick and easy version of pollo arvejado, a popular Chilean dish, is perfect for busy weeknights.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Potatoes "A La Brasa" - Pollo en Olla de Coccion Lenta
A simple way to enjoy the flavors of pollo a la brasa - thanks to the slow cooker.

Stuffed Flank Steak
Matambre is a stuffed flank steak, filled with vegetables. It's a popular dish in Argentina and Uruguay, and can be cooked on the grill or braised on the stove.

Chicken and Rice a la Valenciana - Arroz con Pollo Nicaraguense
A rich and complex version of arroz con pollo, loaded with ham, chicken, olives and vegetables.

Tallarines Verdes - Noodles with Spinach Pesto
The bright green sauce on these noodles is made with spinach and basil.

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash - Calabaza Bellota con Quinoa
This colorful baked squash is stuffed with quinoa and fresh corn.

Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers - Hamburguesas Vegetarianas de Frijol y Quinoa
These hearty vegetarian burgers are made with high protein quinoa and well seasoned black beans.

Uruguayan Pasta - with Caruso Sauce
A creamy rich pasta sauce with ham, cheese, and mushrooms.

Milanesa Napolitana - Argentinian Fried Steak, Italian-style
Milanesa napolitana is an Argentinian favorite - breaded fried steak topped with ham, tomato sauce, and cheese.

Spaghetti with Quinoa "Meatballs" and Marinara Sauce
Quinoa croquettes seasoned with pesto and oregano take the place of meatballs in this Italian-style spaghetti dish.

Chicken with Okra - Frango con Quiabo e Angu
A simple Brazilian dish of flavorful stewed chicken and fried okra, onions and bell peppers, served over polenta.

Gnocchi with Roasted Red Pepper Chile Sauce - Noquis con Salsa de Pimientos
This creamy roasted red pepper sauce is delicious on any kind of pasta.

Feijao de Coco - Black Eyed Peas with Coconut Milk
A delicious creamy comfort-food dish of black eyed peas and coconut milk.

Tortilla Casserole - Pastel de Tortillas, Queso, y Frijoles
A quick and easy layered, tex-mex lasagna made with beans, cheese, and corn tortillas.

Skillet Carne Asada - Seasoned Flank Steak with Tortillas
An inndoor version of tasty carne asada, this seasoned flank steak is quickly seared in a skillet.

Carne Asada - Colombian-style Grilled Flank Steak
Colombian-style grilled flank steak with a citrus marinade.

Chicken Skewers with Pineapple and Bacon
Grilled marinated chicken kabobs with bacon and pineapple.

Carne Mechada Chilena - Chilean-style Pot Roast
This tender pot roast with rich gravy is a popular Chilean dish called carne mechada.

Smoky Grilled Chicken - Pollo Picante a La Parilla
Quick and delicious, this grilled chicken is great on its own or in emapanadas, burritos, and arepas.

Passion Fruit Yogurt Parfait - Parfait de Yogur y Maracuyá
Perfect for breakfast or dessert, this refreshing parfait has layers of geek yogurt, passion fruit curd, granola, and fresh berries.

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.

Brazilian Cattleman Beans - Feijão Tropeiro
This hearty meal is made of manioc meal, beans, and cured meats - all traditional staple foods carried by Brazilian cattleman (tropeiros).

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