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Snacks & Street Food

There's a food vendor on just about every street corner in South America, selling grilled meats, sandwiches, empanadas, ice cream and all kinds of pastries. Everyone loves this kind of food once in a while, and these recipes are fun to make at home.

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

Everything about Empanadas
All about making empanadas, including traditional empanada recipes from different South American countries.

How to Fill and Shape Empanadas
A step by step guide to filling and shaping empanadas.

Empanada Dough Recipe - Masa para Empanadas
This slightly sweet empanada dough produces tender, golden empanadas.

Empanadas de "Leftovers"
Empanadas are the perfect way to reincarnate your leftovers into something new and exciting.

Chicken Empanadas - Empanadas de Pollo
Traditional chicken empanadas with onions and olives in a flaky dough.

Chilean Empanadas - Empanadas de Pino
These traditional Chilean empanadas have a delicious ground beef and onion filling.

These beef filled empanadas are from the Tucumán region in Argentina.

Colombian Empanadas - Fried Empanadas with Beef and Potato Filling
These appetizer-size empanadas have a cornmeal crust and tasty filling made of beef and potatoes.

Ecuadorian Fried Cheese Empanadas - Empanadas de Viento
Crispy fried cheese empanadas from Ecuador.

Chorizo and Potato Empanadas
Hearty empanadas with a slightly spicy sausage and potato filling.

Chorizo, Black Bean & Cheese Empanadas
Delicious empanadas filled with smoky chorizo sausage and black beans.

Quick Empanadas with Seasoned Pork and Cheese
These tasty empanadas are quick to make, thanks to the convenience of frozen puff pastry dough.

Best BBQ Empanadas
Delicious empanadas filled with Southern-style bbq, cheese, and aji chile sauce.

Pizza Empanadas - Empanadas de Pizza
TPizza empanadas make a great snack for kids, as well as fun party appetizers.

Empanadas de Jamón y Queso - Ham & Cheese Empanadas
This recipe uses a short cut - purchased frozen puff pastry dough - that compliments the creamy ham and cheese filling perfectly.

Empanadas Fritas de Queso - Chilean-style Fried Cheese Empananas
These are quick and easy empanadas with a simple melted cheese filling, but they are irresistible.

Spinach and Cheese Empanadas - Empanadas de Espinaca
Delicious vegetarian empanadas with a creamy spinach and onion filling.

Spinach & Ricotta Empanadas - Empanadas de Espinaca
A delicious empanada pastry filled with sauted spinach and ricotta cheese.

Sweet Potato Empanadas - Empanadas de Camote
These savory sweet potato empanadas are stuffed with caramelized onions, bacon, and queso fresco cheese.

Vegetarian Empanadas wtih Black Beans, Corn, and Cheese
Black beans, corn, and cheese provide a delicious vegetarian filling for these empanadas.

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

New World Chicken Empanadas - Empanadas de Pollo, Frijoles, Salsa y Queso
These empandas feature ingredients from both the new world (chicken, cheese) and the old (beans, corn).

Empadinhas de Palmito - Brazilian Empanadas with Hearts of Palm
Empadinhas de palmito are Brazilian-style empanadas. This version has a delicious filling of creamed hearts of palm, onions, and black olives.

Empanadas de Verde con Queso - Green Plantain Empanadas with Cheese
Fried green plantains in the form of an empanada, with a filling.

Healthier Empanada Dough - Masa Para Empanadas Light
A lower calorie empanada dough, made with greek yogurt in place of some of the vegetable shortening.

Quince Paste and Manchego Cheese Empanadas - Empanadas de Manchego y Membrillo
These elegant dessert empanadas are filled with manchego cheese and quince paste, a classic pairing.

Sweet Cinnamon Apple Empanadas
Empanadas don't always have to be savory. These dessert empanadas with a cinnamon apple filling and dulce de leche are a wonderful treat.

Blueberry and Peach Empanadas - Empanadas de Fruta
These flaky, buttery, dessert empanadas are filled with summer fruit.

Sweet Potato Tamales with Bacon - Tamales de Camote con Tocino y Cebolla
These tamales filled with sweet potatoes, bacon and caramelized onions are both savory and sweet.

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

Traditional Acaraj - Brazilian Black Eyed Pea Fritters
Acaraje are fritters made with black eyed peas, and are a popular street food snack in Brazil.

Tapioca - Brazilian Crepes
Delicious and unique, these crepe-like pancakes can be filled with both sweet and savory fillings.

Hearts of Palm Fried Pastries - Pastel de Palmito
Crisp pastry surrounds a creamy filling of hearts of palm and onions.

All About Arepas
Arepas are an iconic South American treat. They are essentially corncakes, but they are prepared in many different and elaborate ways.

Arepas, Pupusas, and Gorditas
Three different kinds of South American corn cakes - all delicious.

Venezuelan-style Arepas
Thick Venezuelan-style arepas (corncakes) are delicious, and make great sandwiches.

Kibe - Brazilian Fried Meat Balls
Kibe is a popular Brazilian fried beef and bulgur wheat snack with Middle Eastern origins.

Traditional Hominy Arepas - Arepas de Maiz Peto
From scratch hominy corn arepas, like a grandmother would make.

Sacrametos de Jamon y Queso - Ham and Cheese Croissants
These flaky croissant-like pastries are filled with sliced ham and cheese.

Salchipapas - Hot Dogs and Fries
Salchipapas - a combination of salchichas (hot dog) and papas (french fries) - are a popular Latin American street food.

Bacon Cheddar Arepas - Venezuelan-style Corncakes with Bacon
Thick Venezuelan-style arepa corncakes with bacon and cheddar cheese make a great breakfast.

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

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.

Salteña de Carne - Bolivian-style Beef Empanadas
These Bolivian-style empanadas have a savory beef filling with potatoes and peas.

Pupusas - Stuffed Corn Tortillas - How to Make Pupusas
Pupusas are thick corn tortillas that are stuffed with cheese, beans and/or pork and cooked on a griddle.

Picada Argentina - A Sampler Tray of Cured Meats and Cheeses
Host an Argentinian-style gathering and serve a picada - a meal of cured meats and cheeses for everyone to share.

Min Pao - Peruvian-style Chinese Buns
These slightly sweet Chinese-style buns are filled with savory mashed potatoes.

Homemade Masa for Tamales - Masa Para Tamales
Fresh homemade masa, made from freshly ground soaked hominy corn, is a delicious alternative to commercial masa harina when making tamales.

Rabanadas - Brazilian/Portuguese French Toast
Brazilian "French toast" is richer and more decadent than what you find in North America.

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

Fried Tamales - Tamales Fritos
Frying tamales is the best way to reheat leftover tamales and enjoy them a second time.

Popped Quinoa and Amaranth (Kiwicha) - How to Pop Andean Cereals
Quinoa and amaranth grains are easy and fun to "pop" like popcorn.

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

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

Spicy Aji Panca Beef Jerky - Carne Seca con Aji
It's easy to make beef jerky at home - just marinate and microwave.

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

Chivito Sandwich from Uruguay
The chivito is a meatlover's sandwich from Uruguay that will sate any appetite.

Chorípan - Chorizo Sandwich on French Bread
A popular South American sandwich of chorizo on a crusty bread roll.

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

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

Fainá - Garbanzo Flatbread
Fainá is an flatbread made with chickpea (garbanzo) flour. It's very popular in both Argentina and Uruguay, and often served with pizza.

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.

Pizza a Caballo
A popular way to eat pizza in Argentina and Uruguay in which the pizza is topped with a thin slice of fana (garbanzo flatbread).

Flaky Pastry Dough - Masa Hojaldre Para Facturas
A flaky pastry dough that works well for making croissants and other Argentinian facturas.

Pastel Frito de Frango - Recipe for Brazilian Pastel with Chicken
A tasty Brazilian pastry filled with creamy, savory chicken.

Fainá with Chorizo, Blue Cheese, and Spinach
Fainá is a flatbread made the garbanzo bean flour. This appetizer-style faina is topped with chorizo sausage, spinach, and blue cheese.

Butifarra Sandwich - Peruvian Butifarra Pork Sandwich
Butifarra is a kind of sausage from Spain, but it is also the name of a popular Peruvian sandwich made with jamón del país and salsa criolla.

Coxinha - Brazilian Chicken Croquettes
Coxinhas are delicious fried chicken croquettes - a popular street food in Brazil.

Venezuelan Pepito Sandwich - Pepito Venezolano
Classic Venezuelan street food, the pepito is a grilled beef sandwich with all the fixin's.

Peruvian Triple Sandwich - Sandwich Triple
The triple sandwich is a Peruvian classic, consisting of three slices of bread, avocado, tomatoes, and chicken or egg salad.

X-Tudo: Brazil's Extreme Burger
Brazil's extreme cheeseburger, with all the toppings.

How to Make Cancha - Toasted Chulpe Corn
Cancha is the homemade Andean version of corn nuts. It's made from a special variety of corn called maiz chulpe, which pops without puffing up.

Arepas Con Huevo - Corncake and Egg Breakfast Sandwich
Arepas con huevo are delicious fried corncakes, filled with an egg. Much better than an egg mcmuffin - they'll warm you up and keep you going all morning.

Bolo de Fuba - Brazilian Cornmeal Cake
A sweet, light cornmeal cake that is perfect as a mid-afternoon snack with a cup of coffee.

Cachapas - Venezuelan-style Fresh Corn Pancakes
Sweet corn pancakes made with fresh corn kernels.

Golfeados - Venezuelan Sweet Rolls
These unusual and delicious sweet rolls are flavored with panela, a molasses-like unrefined sugar, anise, aand salty cheese.

Mandocas - Venezuelan Corn Fritters
Mandocas are Venezuelan-style corn fritters, made with plantains and cheese.

Arepa Sandwich with Chicken and Avocado - Reina Pepiada
Reina pepiada is a popular Venezuelan street food option - an arepa sandwich stuffed with chicken salad and avocado.

Churros - Cinnamon Sugar Fried Dough Sticks
Churros are a type of doughnut with a distinctive tube shape and a delicious crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside, sugary, cinnamony taste. Churros are quick to make, and can be filled with dulce de leche, chocolate, or pastry cream for an extra treat.

Arepas with Pulled Pork and Cilantro Garlic Mayonnaise
Arepas are corncakes that can be split and filled with many different sandwich fillings. These arepas are filled with pulled pork and cilantro garlic mayonnaise.

Hominy Corn Cakes - Colombian Arepas de Maiz Peto
Colombian corn cakes (arepas) made with hominy corn (peto).

Raspberry Cream Popsicles - Paletas de Frambeusa y Crema
These rich and creamy raspberry popsicles are easy to prepare - all you need is a blender and some popsicle molds.

Dulce de Leche Popsicles - Chupetes Helados de Dulce de Leche
These creamy frozen dulce de leche treats are perfect for a hot summer day.

Pineapple Passion Fruit Popsicles - Chupetes Helados de Pina y Maracuya
Both sweet and tart, these pineapple passionfruit popsicles are refreshing tropical treats.

"Leftover" Nachos
Nachos are a great way to clean out the fridge!

Steak Arepas with Caramelized Onions
Arepas are popular type of corn griddle cake from Venezuela and Colombia, and they make excellent sandwiches.

Sweet Potato Spice Cake Doughnuts
A spice cake mix, mashed sweet potatoes, and buttermilk are the basic componants of these delectable doughnuts.

Apple Cider Doughnuts with Brown Sugar Glaze -
Apple cider adds great flavor to these cake-like spice doughnuts.

Picarones - Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Doughnuts
These light and crispy doughnut-like fried treats are sold as a snack or served for dessert in Peru and Chile. They are amazingly good when freshly deep fried and drenched in a fruity, spiced syrup that compliments the squash and sweet potato flavors perfectly.

Chilean-style Sopaipillas - Pumpkin Fritters
These Chilean-syle sopaipillas are delicious fried rounds of dough made with pumpkin that are soaked in a spiced syrup.

Alfajores - Caramel Sandwich Cookies
Alfajores are the quintessential street food in South America. They make a great afternoon snack with a cup of coffee or tea.

Brazilian Cinnamon "Raindrop" Doughnuts - Bolinhos de Chuva
These delicious little Brazilian doughnuts are coated with cinnamon sugar.

Mani Confitados - Candied Peanuts
These sweet candied peanuts are sold as a snack all over South America. They are easy to make, and the recipe works for any kind of nut. Try candied pecans, macadamia nuts, walnuts, almonds, or mix them all up. They make a delicious addition to salads.

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

Quinoa Oatmeal Granola Bars
Quinoa is a high-protein Andean grain that adds a lot of nutrition to these delicious granola bars.

Alfajores de Chocolate - Chocolate Caramel Sandwich Cookies
One of the best variations on a traditional alfajor sandwich cookie, chocolate is added to both the cookie dough and to the filling. The result is a decadent chocolate treat.

High Protein Granola Bars - Quinoa Energy Bars
These energy bars pack extra protein, thanks to the nutritious Andean grain quinoa.

Savory Queso Freso Cheese Muffins
Onions, peppers, cornmeal and queso fresco cheese make these savory muffins a great addition to the dinner table.

Tortas Fritas - Argentinian and Uruguayan Fry Bread
Argentinians and Uruguayans alike enjoy these fried circles of dough in the afternoon with yerba mate tea.

Chicken and Hearts of Palm Pizza - Pizza de Frango com Palmito
This thick crust pizza is topped with the popular combination of chicken, cream cheese, and hearts of palm.

Mango Blueberry Muffins with Almond-Lime Glaze
Mango blueberry muffins combine the fresh tropical flavor of mango with blueberries and lime.

Aborrajados - Fried Sweet Plantains with Cheese
Abborajados are a Colombian treat - fried sweet plantains stuffed with cheese.

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

Pizza with Chimichurri Sauce and Chorizo Sausage
A pizza bursting with South American flavors, including garlicky chimichurri sauce.

Corn and Cheese Empanadas - Empanadas con Choclo y Queso
A savory sweet vegetarian empananada that will please everyone.

Pan con Palta - French Bread Roll with Avocado
This traditional Chilean treat of mashed avocado on toasted french bread makes a great breakfast or snack.

Bolivian Cheese Empanadas - Llauchas
These Bolivian-style cheese empanadas are popular in La Paz, where they are often enjoyed as a midmorning snack.

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