South American Food: Most Popular Articles
Roti is a grilled flatbread, and there are many variations of roti in the cuisines of Suriame, Guyana, and French Guiana.
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.
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 classic Peruvian recipes, including appetizers, drinks, main courses and desserts.
The classic preparation for the famous pisco sour cocktail.
An explanation of ceviche, its ingredients, and preparation. Try some recipes for traditional ceviche as well as trendy variations of this popular dish.
A collection of Brazilian recipes, from appetizer to dessert, to help you plan an authentic Brazilian meal.
Pupusas are thick corn tortillas that are stuffed with cheese, beans and/or pork and cooked on a griddle.
A list of traditional and modern recipes from Venezuela.
This slightly sweet empanada dough produces tender, golden 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.
Coxinhas are delicious fried chicken croquettes - a popular street food in Brazil.
A list of traditional and modern recipes from Colombia.
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.
Chicken empanadas are easy and fun to make, and they are excellent for lunch boxes or for a snack on the go.
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.
Deep frying yuca is one of the best ways to enjoy the starchy, crispy texture of this edible root.
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.
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.
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.
A list of classic Chilean recipes, including appetizers, drinks, main courses and desserts.
A creamy sauce with a spicy kick made from aji amarillo chile peppers and queso fresco cheese.
These traditional Chilean empanadas have a delicious ground beef and onion filling.
Milanesas crispy fried pieces of thin-sliced meat, usually steak.
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 recipes from the country of Ecuador, including appetizers, main courses and desserts.
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.
Dulce de Leche (also known as manjar, manjar blanco, and arequipe), is widely adored all over South America.
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.
South American noodles with a fresh spinach and basil sauce.
Dulce de leche pionono is a delicious jelly roll cake filled with dulce de leche and whipped cream.
Carnitas are delicious pieces of pulled pork, perfect for tamales and arepas.
Pandebono is delicious cheese bread from Colombia made from cornmeal (masarepa) and tapioca flour, as well as farmer's cheese and eggs.
A list of the best dessert recipes with dulce de leche, a caramel sauce popular in Latin America.
Explanation of the special precooked corn flour that is used to make corn cakes called arepas, staple treats in Venezuela and Colombia.
This pretty purple jam is made with açaí fruit from the Amazon, combined with blueberries, blackberries and a touch of lime.
Delicious and creamy, queso fresco cheese is really easy to make at home.
These appetizer-size empanadas have a cornmeal crust and tasty filling made of beef and potatoes.
Information about Pisco, a popular brandy produced in Peru and Chile, most often enjoyed in the classic pisco sour cocktail.
Thick Venezuelan-style arepas (corncakes) are delicious, and make great sandwiches.
This Ecuadorian-style ceviche has a delicious Latin-style cocktail sauce with lots of fresh lime juice and large kernel Andean corn.
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.
Aji amarillo is a South American hot yellow chile pepper that is used in many traditional dishes.
These delicious little Brazilian doughnuts are coated with cinnamon sugar.
This rich butternut squash soup gets a taste of the tropics thanks from coconut milk.
Traditional street food from Brazil, these deep-fried black-eyed pea fritters are split and stuffed with caramelized onions and shrimp.
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.
These are quick and easy empanadas with a simple melted cheese filling, but they are irresistible.
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.
Fainá is an Italian-style flatbread made from chickpea (garbanzo) flour that is popular in Uruguay and Argentina.
Alfajores are the quintessential street food in South America. They make a great afternoon snack with a cup of coffee or tea.
Peruvian stuffed potatoes are mashed potatoes that are shaped around a center of seasoned ground beef and then fried golden brown.
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.
A list of some of the most well-loved South American desserts. These are fun, easy recipes that will liven up any meal.
Here you will find everything you need to know about making empanadas, including traditional empanada recipes from different South American countries.
Quince paste is a sweet candy made from the delicious apple-like quince fruit. Quince paste is delicious served with cheese.
A delicious beef stew with an elegant presentation, perfect for the centerpiece of a holiday meal.
The savory black bean and meat stew known as feijoada is the national dish of Brazil, traditionally enjoyed for lunch on Saturday.
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.
Guasacaca is a popular relish in Venezuela, served with grilled meats and fried foods.
A tasty Brazilian pastry filled with creamy, savory chicken.
This spicy green sauce gets its unique flavor from huacatay, an Andean herb.
This Peruvian-style chicken stir fry has onions, bell peppers, and fried potatoes - a Latin-Asian fusion dish that's sure to please.
Sautéed chicken breasts in a creamy sauce made with coconut milk.
Quinoa and amaranth are high protein grains that can popped like popcorn for a nutritious snack.
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 onion relish is a traditional accompaniment to many Peruvian dishes, and is also great on sandwiches.
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.
Milanesa napolitana is an Argentinian favorite - breaded fried steak topped with ham, tomato sauce, and cheese.
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 famous little combination of aged cheese and sweet quince paste makes a quick and elegant appetizer for any occasion.
A creamy winter soup seasoned with cumin and smoky aji chile peppers.
A step by step guide to filling and shaping empanadas. Page 5.
Queso freso (literally. South American Food.
An indoor version of tasty carne asada, this seasoned flank steak is quickly seared in a skillet.
These unique Brazilian-style crepes are made with tapioca starch and can be filled with sweet or savory filling.
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.
Venezuelans love flan, also called quesillo - a pudding-like creamy dessert with lots of caramel.
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.
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.
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.
In El Salvador, chicharron is seasoned shredded pork, used to fill pupusas, or thick corn tortillas.
A delicious pudding-like dessert made with purple corn and fruit.
A type of aji, or chile pepper, used in certain Peruvian dishes.
A hearty, cheesy, traditional potato soup from Ecuador.
Brazilians enjoy a variety of things for breakfast (besides coffee of course), including tropical fruit, cheese bread, smoothies in a bowl, and even cake!
These pretty guava pastries are easy as pie to prepare.
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.
The Latin American word for underwear - calzones - used to be a great source of amusement (and confusion)
This excellent Colombian aji sauce goes well with grilled meats and arepas.
A relatively quick method for making panettone, the yeasted holiday fruitcake.
This roasted chicken recipe with yellow potatoes has the flavor of Peruvian rotisserie chicken, pollo a la brasa, and is very easy to make.
This pumpkin soup is smooth and creamy, with a touch of chile pepper and queso fresco to liven it up.
These Chilean-syle sopaipillas are delicious fried rounds of pumpkin dough soaked in a spiced syrup.
Recipe for Pabellon criollo. A traditional beans and rice dish from Venezuela, with seasoned black beans, white rice, and tender, savory flank steak.
Turrón de doña pepa is a traditional Peruvian sweet eaten in October, the month when many Peruvians wear purple in honor of the Lord of Miracles, a Catholic celebration.
Chopped collard greens sauteed in olive oil with garlic and onions make a perfect accompaniment to many meals, especially the classic Brazilian feijoada.
Pasicho is a Venezuelan lasagna-like dish with lots of creamy bechamel sauce in addition to the tomato sauce and beef.
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.
Kibes are a popular Brazilian fried beef and bulgur wheat snack with Middle Eastern origins.
Seco de pollo is a delicious stewed chicken dish with a beautiful green cilantro sauce.
This shrimp ceviche with mango and avocado tastes cool, bright, and refresing. It's great as a appetizer or a light lunch.
The cuisine of Suriname is as diverse as the country's population.
Perico is a savory Venezuelan breakfast dish of scrambled eggs seasoned with onions and tomatoes.
All about making empanadas, including traditional empanada recipes from different South American countries.
Serve this dense, savory corn bread with soup or stew, or enjoy it toasted with butter.
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.
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.
A layered tart of potatoes, onions, and eggs cooked in a skillet - a perfect one dish meal.
Vegetarian empanadas with a delicious black bean, corn, and cheese filling.
Charquican is a delicious beef stew that is traditionally made with dried beef (charqui), squash, and potatoes.
These potato cakes from Ecuador (llapingachos) are stuffed with white farmer's cheese and served with a simple but delicious peanut sauce.
Host an Argentinian-style gathering and serve a picada - a meal of cured meats and cheeses for everyone to share.
This refreshing Venezuelan fruit drink is like a tropical version of sangria.
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.
Twice fried green plantain makes an outstanding appetizer, especially paired with aji amarillo sauce.
This sweet savory bread is a popular Christmas treat in Venezuela.
This savory coconut rice has the delicious caramel flavor of toasted coconut and sweet raisins.
You can prepare this delicious dessert using a cake mix to save time, or use your favorite white cake or sponge cake recipe.
Enjoy this sweet cornmeal cake with a cup of coffee as a perfect mid-afternoon snack.
A pretty cookie tart filled with dulce de membrillo (quince paste).
Sopa de mani is typically made with beef ribs or chicken, but it works well as a vegetarian soup too.
Provoleta is grilled provolone cheese, and Argentinian specialty.
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.
Chorizo sausage and melted cheese with onions makes a delicious warm appetizer.
These cheesy corn cakes are cooked in butter on a griddle. They make an excellent breakfast treat or an afternoon snack with coffee.
Arepas are corn griddle cakes made with a special ground corn. These arepas feature sweet corn and queso fresco.
Aloo curry are easy to make curried potatoes with great flavor.
A tasty and quick way to fry up some fish for dinner, this coconut crusted fish is delicious paired with the fresh mango salsa.
Tequenos are a popular Venezuelan snack of fried cheese wrapped in a crispy dough.
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.
Cachitos are a Venezuelan breakfast treat - a delicious crescent roll filled with ham.
These crunchy/chewy energy bars will keep you going all day long, thanks to the protein boost of quinoa.
A spicy chile pepper condiment to accompany Chilean food.
Argentinians and Uruguayans alike enjoy these fried circles of dough in the afternoon with yerba mate tea.
A quick and easy bread machine recipe for bread made with the nutritious Andean grain called quinoa.
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.
A delicious layer cake for summer, with layers of almond cake, blackberry ice cream, meringue, and whipped cream.
South Americans have enthusiastically adopted pizza into their national cuisines, adding their own flavors and style. Brazilians are particularly creative with this Italian treat.
Aji is a flavorful hot pepper sauce that is an essential condiment to Colombian food.
Empadinhas de palmito are Brazilian-style empanadas. This version has a delicious filling of creamed hearts of palm, onions, and black olives.
A collection of South American appetizers, from entradas (first courses) to bocaditos (little bites).
These flaky empanada pastries are filled with a creamy cheese sauce and spinach.
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.
These beef ribs cook quickly on the grill and are seasoned only with salt, Argentinian-style.
These halloween jack-'o-lantern empanadas are cute but also tasty with their savory butternut squash filling.
Traditional flan gets a boost of caramel flavor from the addition of dulce de leche.