South American Food: Most Popular Articles
A garlic and parsley sauce that always accompanies grilled steak in Argentine, chimichurri is also perfect as a marinade for beef or chicken.
A list of traditional recipes from Argentina.
The classic preparation for the famous pisco sour cocktail.
Roti is a grilled flatbread, and there are many variations of roti in the cuisines of Suriame, Guyana, and French Guiana.
Pupusas are thick corn tortillas that are stuffed with cheese, beans and/or pork and cooked on a griddle.
Arepas are corn cakes made from pre-cooked corn flour, water, and salt and cooked on a griddle. They're hugely popular in Venezuela and Colombia and make a great addition to breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
A collection of Brazilian recipes, from appetizer to dessert, to help you plan an authentic Brazilian meal.
An explanation of ceviche, its ingredients, and preparation. Try some recipes for traditional ceviche as well as trendy variations of this popular dish.
A list of classic Peruvian recipes, including appetizers, drinks, main courses and desserts.
A list of traditional and modern recipes from Colombia.
A list of traditional and modern recipes from Venezuela.
Carnitas are delicious pieces of pulled pork, perfect for tamales and arepas.
A list of classic Chilean recipes, including appetizers, drinks, main courses and desserts.
Sautéed chicken breasts in a creamy sauce made with coconut milk.
Chicken empanadas are easy and fun to make, and they are excellent for lunch boxes or for a snack on the go.
This slightly sweet empanada dough produces tender, golden empanadas.
This sauce originates from the Andean region of Peru called Huancayo. It's made with queso fresco or farmer's cheese, onions, and yellow aji chile peppers.
Coxinhas are delicious fried chicken croquettes - a popular street food in Brazil.
Arroz chaufa is the perfect quick supper dish, and a great way to reinvent leftover rice. Make it with leftover roast chicken, roast pork, or just whatever vegetables you have on hand.
Deep frying yuca is one of the best ways to enjoy the starchy, crispy texture of this edible root.
A list of the best dessert recipes with dulce de leche, a caramel sauce popular in Latin America.
Dulce de leche pionono is a delicious jelly roll cake filled with dulce de leche and whipped cream.
Thick Venezuelan-style arepas (corncakes) are delicious, and make great sandwiches.
Milanesas crispy fried pieces of thin-sliced meat, usually steak.
Aloo curry are easy to make curried potatoes with great flavor.
These little Brazilian chocolate candies, called brigadeiros, look like truffles, but are much simpler to make. Serve them in little paper cups for an elegant treat.
These delicious cheese rolls from Brazil (pão de queijo) are made with cassava (tapioca) flour, which gives them their distinctive taste and texture. They're also gluten free.
Papa a la Huancaina is a traditional dish from the Peruvian town of Huancayo, and is enjoyed all over Peru. 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.
The savory black bean and meat stew known as feijoada is the national dish of Brazil, traditionally enjoyed for lunch on Saturday.
These traditional Chilean empanadas have a delicious ground beef and onion filling.
Empanadas don't always have to be savory. These dessert empanadas with a cinnamon apple filling and dulce de leche are a wonderful treat.
Chopped collard greens sauteed in olive oil with garlic and onions make a perfect accompaniment to many meals, especially the classic Brazilian feijoada.
Aji de gallina is a classic Peruvian dish, made with aji peppers, chicken, and a cream sauce.
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.
Empanadas are meat filled pastries, and Argentina is famous for them. They are many kind of empanadas, but this recipe for beef filled empanadas is from a region in Argentina called Tucumán.
A creamy sauce with a spicy kick made from aji amarillo chile peppers and queso fresco cheese.
South American noodles with a fresh spinach and basil sauce.
Information about Pisco, a popular brandy produced in Peru and Chile, most often enjoyed in the classic pisco sour cocktail.
A layered tart of potatoes, onions, and eggs cooked in a skillet - a perfect one dish meal.
A list of tradition Ecuadorian recipes, including appetizers, main courses and desserts.
Explanation of the special precooked corn flour that is used to make corn cakes called arepas, staple treats in Venezuela and Colombia.
Chifles are a popular snack in South America. They are made by frying thin slices of the starchy yellow fruit called plantain, a firmer, less sweet cousin of the banana.
These are quick and easy empanadas with a simple melted cheese filling, but they are irresistible.
Traditional street food from Brazil, these deep-fried black-eyed pea fritters are split and stuffed with caramelized onions and shrimp.
Alfajores are the quintessential street food in South America. They make a great afternoon snack with a cup of coffee or tea.
A tasty and quick way to fry up some fish for dinner, this coconut crusted fish is delicious paired with the fresh mango salsa.
These delicious little Brazilian doughnuts are coated with cinnamon sugar.
Fainá is an Italian-style flatbread made from chickpea (garbanzo) flour that is popular in Uruguay and Argentina.
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.
This rich butternut squash soup gets a taste of the tropics thanks from coconut milk.
This beautiful cake has layers of delicate sponge cake filled with sweet tart mango mousse.
Dulce de Leche (also known as manjar, manjar blanco, and arequipe ), is widely adored all over South
Causa is made with papas amarillas, yellow potatoes that resemble yukon golds. The potatoes are mashed and seasoned with lime juice and aji amarillo ( yellow chile pepper), layered with chicken or tuna salad and slices of avocado, and garnished with parsley and black olives.
Twice fried green plantain makes an outstanding appetizer, especially paired with aji amarillo sauce.
Honey quinoa bread is a moist, satisfying, high-protein bread. It has nutty texture that comes from the cooked grains of quinoa. It keeps very well, and is excellent toasted.
These delicious fritters are made from a dough of fresh farmer's cheese (queso fresco) and cornstarch, shaped into balls, and deep fried. They are delicious, and are only slightly sweet.
Peruvian stuffed potatoes are mashed potatoes that are shaped around a center of seasoned ground beef and then fried golden brown.
Each South American country has a unique cuisine that was shaped by its history, geography, and culture. The result is an exciting variety of flavors and traditions.
A step-by-step guide to making this essential Latin dessert. Dulce de leche is made by slowly caramalizing a mixture of milk and sugar. It's an important ingredient in many South American cakes, cookies, and pastries, and it's amazingly good when it's homemade.
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.
In El Salvador, chicharron is seasoned shredded pork, used to fill pupusas, or thick corn tortillas.
Quinotto is the clever hybrid name (quinoa + risotto) of this rich and creamy dish. Quinoa is a high
These appetizer-size empanadas have a cornmeal crust and tasty filling made of beef and potatoes.
Aji amarillo is a South American hot yellow chile pepper that is used in many traditional dishes.
This Ecuadorian-style ceviche has a delicious Latin-style cocktail sauce with lots of fresh lime juice and large kernel Andean corn.
This Peruvian-style chicken stir fry has onions, bell peppers, and fried potatoes - a Latin-Asian fusion dish that's sure to please.
This savory coconut rice has the delicious caramel flavor of toasted coconut and sweet raisins.
Delicious and creamy, queso fresco cheese is really easy to make at home.
These crunchy/chewy energy bars will keep you going all day long, thanks to the protein boost of quinoa.
These light and crispy doughnut-like fried treats are sold as a snack or served for dessert in Peru and Chile. Picarones are amazingly good when freshly deep fried and drenched in a fruity, spiced syrup that compliments the squash and sweet potato flavors perfectly.
Pandebono is delicious cheese bread from Colombia made from cornmeal (masarepa) and tapioca flour, as well as farmer's cheese and eggs.
These pretty guava pastries are easy as pie to prepare.
Quinoa and amaranth are high protein grains that can popped like popcorn for a nutritious snack.
This onion relish is a traditional accompaniment to many Peruvian dishes, and is also great on sandwiches.
This shrimp ceviche with mango and avocado tastes cool, bright, and refresing. It's great as a appetizer or a light lunch.
This roasted chicken recipe with yellow potatoes has the flavor of Peruvian rotisserie chicken, pollo a la brasa, and is very easy to make.
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, which makes a tasty variation known as yellow chicken with rice.
All about making empanadas, including traditional empanada recipes from different South American countries.
A list of some of the most well-loved South American desserts. These are fun, easy recipes that will liven up any meal.
Passion fruit is a native South American fruit used in many dessert and beverage recipes. Learn more about passion fruit and how to use passion fruit in recipes.
An inndoor version of tasty carne asada, this seasoned flank steak is quickly seared in a skillet.
Milanesa napolitana is an Argentinian favorite - breaded fried steak topped with ham, tomato sauce, and cheese.
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.
This is the easiest and most fun way to serve hot chocolate. El submarino is an Argentinian treat - a
Kibes are a popular Brazilian fried beef and bulgur wheat snack with Middle Eastern origins.
A pretty cookie tart filled with dulce de membrillo (quince paste).
Farofa is an essential condiment to many Brazilian dishes. It's made with manioc meal, or the ground root of the cassava or manioc plant.
A quick and easy paella recipe for weeknights.
A spicy chile pepper condiment to accompany Chilean food.
Pabellon criollo is a traditional beans and rice dish from Venezuela, with seasoned black beans, white rice, and tender, savory flank steak.
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.
: The terms queso fresco ("fresh cheese") and queso blanco ("white cheese") are often used interchangeably,
This famous little combination of aged cheese and sweet quince paste makes a quick and elegant appetizer for any occasion.
Bien me sabe is a rich coconut cake with layers of cream and meringue.
Perico is a savory Venezuelan breakfast dish of scrambled eggs seasoned with onions and tomatoes.
This spicy green sauce gets its unique flavor from huacatay, an Andean herb.
Tequenos are a popular Venezuelan snack of fried cheese wrapped in a crispy dough.
Chorizo sausage and melted cheese with onions makes a delicious warm appetizer.
When you have a craving for tres leches cake but don’t have time to make it from scratch, try this version that starts with a cake mix.
Black welsh cake, or torta negra galesa, is a traditional recipe of the Welsh settlers in the Chubut river region of Patagonia. It's a delicious fruitcake that keeps very well - even nonfruitcake eaters enjoy this cake.
A relatively quick method for making panettone, the yeasted holiday fruitcake.
Marinated chicken and vegetables seasoned with cumin and hot peppers and grilled on skewers. The chicken comes out tender and flavorful every time. This makes a great appetizer when served in smaller portions.
A tasty Brazilian pastry filled with creamy, savory chicken.
A collection of recipes for celebrating Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Easter - ¡Felices Pascuas!
All about making empanadas, including traditional empanada recipes from different South American countries.
The cuisine of Suriname is as diverse as the country's population.
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.
Pasicho is a Venezuelan lasagna-like dish with lots of creamy bechamel sauce in addition to the tomato sauce and beef.
Venezuelans love flan, also called quesillo - a pudding-like creamy dessert with lots of caramel.
The Latin American word for underwear - calzones - used to be a great source of amusement (and confusion)
Humitas are made by steaming seasoned fresh ground corn inside corn husks. They are lovely to look at and delicious to eat.
This refreshing Venezuelan fruit drink is like a tropical version of sangria.
Seco de pollo is a delicious stewed chicken dish with a beautiful green cilantro sauce.
This particular drink from Venezuela is mostly just fresh coconut, however, blended with some milk and ice, and sprinkled with a bit of cinnamon.
Charquican is a delicious beef stew that is traditionally made with dried beef (charqui), squash, and potatoes.
Arepas are corn griddle cakes made with a special ground corn. These arepas feature sweet corn and queso fresco.
Argentinians and Uruguayans alike enjoy these fried circles of dough in the afternoon with yerba mate tea.
A delicious pudding-like dessert made with purple corn and fruit.
Guasacaca is a popular relish in Venezuela, served with grilled meats and fried foods.
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.
This tropical and exotic dish is easy to prepare using frozen shrimp and canned coconut milk.
A hearty, cheesy, traditional potato soup from Ecuador.
Seasoned simply with coarse salt, these grilled steaks are tender and full of flavor.
Provoleta is grilled provolone cheese, and Argentinian specialty.
A chilcano de pisco is a refreshing mixed drink made with ginger ale, pisco (a type of brandy from Peru and Chile), and lime juice.
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.
These potato cakes from Ecuador (llapingachos) are stuffed with white farmer's cheese and served with a simple but delicious peanut sauce.
Empadinhas de palmito are Brazilian-style empanadas. This version has a delicious filling of creamed hearts of palm, onions, and black olives.
Guinea pigs are an important source of protein in the Andean region, and are a very traditional Peruvian food dating back to pre-Colonial times.
Enjoy this sweet cornmeal cake with a cup of coffee as a perfect mid-afternoon snack.
Traditional flan gets a boost of caramel flavor from the addition of dulce de leche.
The famous Pisco Sour is a Peruvian adaptation of a whiskey sour. Pisco Sours are made from the grape distilled brandy called Pisco and tart South American key limes. It is a popular cocktail in both Peru and Chile. The frozen version is made in a blender with crushed ice.
These beef ribs cook quickly on the grill and are seasoned only with salt, Argentinian-style.
A type of aji, or chile pepper, used in certain Peruvian dishes.
This excellent Colombian aji sauce goes well with grilled meats and arepas.
A popular way to eat pizza in Argentina and Uruguay in which the pizza is topped with a thin slice of fainá (garbanzo flatbread).
Here's a simple yet delicious recipe for making rice. First some garlic is sautéd in oil, and then the water and rice are added. This simple extra step makes an enormous difference in flavor.
South Americans have enthusiastically adopted pizza into their national cuisines, adding their own flavors and style. Brazilians are particularly creative with this Italian treat.
These Chilean-syle sopaipillas are delicious fried rounds of pumpkin dough soaked in a spiced syrup.
Lucuma is an unusual fruit from the Andean region of South America with a distinctive, aromatic sweet flavor. It's popular in many desserts, but lucuma ice cream is one of South America's best kept secrets. If you come across some frozen lucuma pulp at your local Latin market, try this ice cream. You will not be disappointed.
A classic Peruvian dessert made with manjar blanco (dulce de leche) and a port meringue.
This passion fruit mousse cake recipe is both simple and elegant, with its layers of passion fruit mousse, vanilla sponge cake, and whipped cream.
These cheesy corn cakes are cooked in butter on a griddle. They make an excellent breakfast treat or an afternoon snack with coffee.
Flan, a rich custard dessert topped with a layer of soft caramel, is very popular in most South American countries.
This vegetable sushi made with quinoa is healthy and delicious.
This recipe for quindim, a Brazilian coconut flan or custard, can be made in one large pan, or as individual mini-flans.
A popular everyday recipe in Chile, this flavorful chicken stew is a great weeknight supper meal.
Rosca de pascua is a sweet bread filled with pastry cream that is often enjoyed at Easter in Argentina.
A chunky-style guacamole from Venezuela to serve with grilled meats.
Natilla is traditionally served at Christmastime in Colombia. Natilla is like a cross between flan and dulce de leche. It is thick enough to be cut into squares, but it has a pudding-like texture. It's very rich and delicious.