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.
An explanation of ceviche, its ingredients, and preparation. Try some recipes for traditional ceviche as well as trendy variations of this popular dish.
Roti is a grilled flatbread, and there are many variations of roti in the cuisines of Suriame, Guyana, and French Guiana.
A list of classic Peruvian recipes, including appetizers, drinks, main courses and desserts.
The classic preparation for the famous pisco sour cocktail.
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 list of traditional recipes from Argentina.
Pupusas are thick corn tortillas that are stuffed with cheese, beans and/or pork and cooked on a griddle.
A collection of Brazilian recipes, from appetizer to dessert, to help you plan an authentic Brazilian meal.
Coxinhas are delicious fried chicken croquettes - a popular street food in Brazil.
Chicken empanadas are easy and fun to make, and they are excellent for lunch boxes or for a snack on the go.
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.
This slightly sweet empanada dough produces tender, golden empanadas.
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.
Aji de gallina is a classic Peruvian dish, made with aji peppers, chicken, and a cream sauce.
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.
Milanesas crispy fried pieces of thin-sliced meat, usually steak.
A creamy sauce with a spicy kick made from aji amarillo chile peppers and queso fresco cheese.
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.
Deep frying yuca is one of the best ways to enjoy the starchy, crispy texture of this edible root.
South American noodles with a fresh spinach and basil 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.
Thick Venezuelan-style arepas (corncakes) are delicious, and make great sandwiches.
This shrimp ceviche with mango and avocado tastes cool, bright, and refresing. It's great as a appetizer or a light lunch.
Empanadas don't always have to be savory. These dessert empanadas with a cinnamon apple filling and dulce de leche are a wonderful treat.
Information about Pisco, a popular brandy produced in Peru and Chile, most often enjoyed in the classic pisco sour cocktail.
These traditional Chilean empanadas have a delicious ground beef and onion filling.
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.
A list of traditional and modern recipes from Colombia.
Explanation of the special precooked corn flour that is used to make corn cakes called arepas, staple treats in Venezuela and Colombia.
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.
Aji amarillo is a South American hot yellow chile pepper that is used in many traditional dishes.
Sautéed chicken breasts in a creamy sauce made with coconut milk.
Carnitas are delicious pieces of pulled pork, perfect for tamales and arepas.
A list of traditional and modern recipes from Venezuela.
Dulce de Leche (also known as manjar, manjar blanco, and arequipe), is widely adored all over South America.
A list of classic Chilean recipes, including appetizers, drinks, main courses and desserts.
Peruvian stuffed potatoes are mashed potatoes that are shaped around a center of seasoned ground beef and then fried golden brown.
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.
The savory black bean and meat stew known as feijoada is the national dish of Brazil, traditionally enjoyed for lunch on Saturday.
This Ecuadorian-style ceviche has a delicious Latin-style cocktail sauce with lots of fresh lime juice and large kernel Andean corn.
Delicious and creamy, queso fresco cheese is really easy to make at home.
A tasty Brazilian pastry filled with creamy, savory chicken.
This spicy green sauce gets its unique flavor from huacatay, an Andean herb.
These appetizer-size empanadas have a cornmeal crust and tasty filling made of beef and potatoes.
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.
Fainá is an Italian-style flatbread made from chickpea (garbanzo) flour that is popular in Uruguay and Argentina.
This Peruvian-style chicken stir fry has onions, bell peppers, and fried potatoes - a Latin-Asian fusion dish that's sure to please.
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.
A list of the best dessert recipes with dulce de leche, a caramel sauce popular in Latin America.
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 roasted chicken recipe with yellow potatoes has the flavor of Peruvian rotisserie chicken, pollo a la brasa, and is very easy to make.
Pandebono is delicious cheese bread from Colombia made from cornmeal (masarepa) and tapioca flour, as well as farmer's cheese and eggs.
A layered tart of potatoes, onions, and eggs cooked in a skillet - a perfect one dish meal.
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.
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.
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 list of traditional recipes from the country of Ecuador, including appetizers, main courses and desserts.
In El Salvador, chicharron is seasoned shredded pork, used to fill pupusas, or thick corn tortillas.
These unique Brazilian-style crepes are made with tapioca starch and can be filled with sweet or savory filling.
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.
This onion relish is a traditional accompaniment to many Peruvian dishes, and is also great on sandwiches.
These delicious little Brazilian doughnuts are coated with cinnamon sugar.
Quinoa and amaranth are high protein grains that can popped like popcorn for a nutritious snack.
Aloo curry are easy to make curried potatoes with great flavor.
Dulce de leche pionono is a delicious jelly roll cake filled with dulce de leche and whipped cream.
A tasty and quick way to fry up some fish for dinner, this coconut crusted fish is delicious paired with the fresh mango salsa.
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.
An indoor version of tasty carne asada, this seasoned flank steak is quickly seared in a skillet.
Queso freso (literally. South American Food.
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.
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.
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.
These crunchy/chewy energy bars will keep you going all day long, thanks to the protein boost of quinoa.
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 beautiful cake has layers of delicate sponge cake filled with sweet tart mango mousse.
Milanesa napolitana is an Argentinian favorite - breaded fried steak topped with ham, tomato sauce, and cheese.
Kibes are a popular Brazilian fried beef and bulgur wheat snack with Middle Eastern origins.
These pretty guava pastries are easy as pie to prepare.
Guasacaca is a popular relish in Venezuela, served with grilled meats and fried foods.
Here you will find everything you need to know about making empanadas, including traditional empanada recipes from different South American countries.
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.
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.
Provoleta is grilled provolone cheese, and Argentinian specialty.
Chopped collard greens sauteed in olive oil with garlic and onions make a perfect accompaniment to many meals, especially the classic Brazilian feijoada.
A pretty cookie tart filled with dulce de membrillo (quince paste).
This excellent Colombian aji sauce goes well with grilled meats and arepas.
A hearty, cheesy, traditional potato soup from Ecuador.
A list of some of the most well-loved South American desserts. These are fun, easy recipes that will liven up any meal.
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 type of aji, or chile pepper, used in certain Peruvian dishes.
Argentinians and Uruguayans alike enjoy these fried circles of dough in the afternoon with yerba mate tea.
Alfajores are the quintessential street food in South America. They make a great afternoon snack with a cup of coffee or tea.
A spicy chile pepper condiment to accompany Chilean food.
Arepas are corn griddle cakes made with a special ground corn. These arepas feature sweet corn and queso fresco.
These beef ribs cook quickly on the grill and are seasoned only with salt, Argentinian-style.
This savory coconut rice has the delicious caramel flavor of toasted coconut and sweet raisins.
The cuisine of Suriname is as diverse as the country's population.
Enjoy this sweet cornmeal cake with a cup of coffee as a perfect mid-afternoon snack.
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.
Perico is a savory Venezuelan breakfast dish of scrambled eggs seasoned with onions and tomatoes.
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 potato cakes from Ecuador (llapingachos) are stuffed with white farmer's cheese and served with a simple but delicious peanut sauce.
Quinoa, prized by the Incas and cultivated for thousands of years in the Andes, is a nutritious and tasty addition to many dishes. Learn about this healthy grain and try some recipes.
The flavors of ceviche in salad form, with fresh mozzarella cheese in place of seafood.
Seco de pollo is a delicious stewed chicken dish with a beautiful green cilantro sauce.
Venezuelans love flan, also called quesillo - a pudding-like creamy dessert with lots of caramel.
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.
Quinoa risotto, or. South American Food.
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.
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.
All about making empanadas, including traditional empanada recipes from different South American countries.
A quick and easy paella recipe for weeknights.
This is a delicious way to make rice that is popular in Brazil. Tomato and onions are sautéed in oil before adding the rice and water.
Hogao is a tomato and onion based sauce enjoyed as a condiment and a seasoning for many Colombian dishes.
Recipe for Pabellon criollo. A traditional beans and rice dish from Venezuela, with seasoned black beans, white rice, and tender, savory flank steak.
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.
A delicious pudding-like dessert made with purple corn and fruit.
A quick and tasty version of arroz con camarones, this recipe is made with frozen shrimp and can include peas, bell peppers, or chorizo sausage.
Sopa de mani is typically made with beef ribs or chicken, but it works well as a vegetarian soup too.
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.
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.
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.
South Americans have enthusiastically adopted pizza into their national cuisines, adding their own flavors and style. Brazilians are particularly creative with this Italian treat.
A nutritious and healthy salad with simple fresh ingredients and minimal dressing.
These flaky empanada pastries are filled with a creamy cheese sauce and spinach.
A step-by-step guide to filling and shaping empanadas.
Seasoned simply with coarse salt, these grilled steaks are tender and full of flavor.
This Brazilian smoothie-in-a-bowl features the nutritious açaí berry (pronounced a-sa-EE), which is celebrated in health food circles for its antioxidant
The maracuya sour is a delicious variation of the famous pisco sour cocktail. It's made with passion fruit juice instead of lime juice.
This famous little combination of aged cheese and sweet quince paste makes a quick and elegant appetizer for any occasion.
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.
This passion fruit mousse cake recipe is both simple and elegant, with its layers of passion fruit mousse, vanilla sponge cake, and whipped cream.
A healthy breakfast bowl of frozen acai puree, bananas, and granola.
Humitas are made by steaming seasoned fresh ground corn inside corn husks. They are lovely to look at and delicious to eat.
A delicious meringue cake with peaches and whipped cream from Uruguay.
Homemade croutons are an excellent way to use up leftover bread.
Sweet corn pancakes made with fresh corn kernels.
Aji is a flavorful hot pepper sauce that is an essential condiment to Colombian food.
A thick and hearty shrimp chowder with yellow potatoes and corn.
A collection of traditional recipes for Bolivian food and drink.
This recipe for quindim, a Brazilian coconut flan or custard, can be made in one large pan, or as individual mini-flans.
Try this Peruvian recipe for rice and seasoned ground beef. The rice is molded into a dome shape, and there's a hidden layer of ground beef and vegetables inside. It's comfort food, but the cool presentation makes it great for company.
Chorizo sausage and melted cheese with onions makes a delicious warm appetizer.
A collection of South American recipes for the grill, including side dishes, salsas, and desserts.
A tangy yet sweet salad dressing that works especially well with spinach salads and fruit. Passion fruit has an intense acidic flavor that goes well with savory dishes as well as sweet ones.
A quick and easy bread machine recipe for bread made with the nutritious Andean grain called quinoa.
Twice fried green plantain makes an outstanding appetizer, especially paired with aji amarillo sauce.
These cheesy corn cakes are cooked in butter on a griddle. They make an excellent breakfast treat or an afternoon snack with coffee.