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Delicious and Versatile Chimicurri Sauce
Chimichurri sauce is an intensely flavored garlic and herb salsa. It's served with steak in Argentina, but it's delicious on just about everything.
Ceviche 101: Recipes, Variations, and History
An explanation of ceviche, its ingredients, and preparation. Try some recipes for traditional ceviche as well as trendy variations of this popular dish.
An Easy Recipe for South American Roti Flatbread
Roti is a grilled flatbread, and there are many variations of roti in the cuisines of Suriame, Guyana, and French Guiana.
Traditional Chilean Pollo Arvejado in White Wine
A popular everyday recipe in Chile, this flavorful chicken stew is a great weeknight supper meal.
Coxinha - Brazilian Street Food
Coxinhas are delicious fried chicken croquettes - a popular street food in Brazil.
An Easy 4-Step Recipe for a Classic Pisco Sour...
The classic preparation for the famous pisco sour cocktail.
An Easy Recipe for Salsa a la Huancaína,...
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.
Make Flavorful Arroz Chaufa: Chinese Peruvian...
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.
How to Make Empanada Dough (Masa para...
This slightly sweet empanada dough produces tender, golden empanadas.
Recipes from Argentina
A list of traditional recipes from Argentina.
Tapioca - Brazilian Crepes
These unique Brazilian-style crepes are made with tapioca starch and can be filled with sweet or savory filling.
Make Rich, Creamy Aji de Gallina, Peruvian...
Aji de gallina is a classic Peruvian dish, made with aji peppers, chicken, and a cream sauce.
Recipes for Favorite Peruvian Dishes
A list of classic Peruvian recipes, including appetizers, drinks, main courses and desserts.
How to Make Basic Arepas: Venezuelan and...
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.
How to Make Spicy and Versatile Crema de...
A creamy sauce with a spicy kick made from aji amarillo chile peppers and queso fresco cheese.
How to Make Delicious Empanadas de Pollo
Chicken empanadas are easy and fun to make, and they are excellent for lunch boxes or for a snack on the go.
Traditional and modern recipes from Brazil
A collection of Brazilian recipes, from appetizer to dessert, to help you plan an authentic Brazilian meal.
How to Make Delicious Salvadorian Pupusas,...
Pupusas are thick corn tortillas that are stuffed with cheese, beans and/or pork and cooked on a griddle.
Empanadas de Pino
These traditional Chilean empanadas have a delicious ground beef and onion filling.
Try Creamy Tallarines Verdes, Noodles with...
South American noodles with a fresh spinach and basil sauce.
How to Make Crispy Yuca Fries, or Yuca Frita
Deep frying yuca is one of the best ways to enjoy the starchy, crispy texture of this edible root.
All You Need to Know about Pisco, the Famous...
Information about Pisco, a popular brandy produced in Peru and Chile, most often enjoyed in the classic pisco sour cocktail.
An Easy 5-Step Recipe for Potatoes in Spicy...
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.
A 5-Step Recipe for Yellow Potatoes with...
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.
Humitas Step by Step- Steamed Corn Tamales
Humitas are the Andian version of Mexican tamales. Sweet fresh corn is ground blended with milk, cooked in oil, then wrapped in the husks and steamed. Learn how to make humitas with this step by step photo guide.
Secret Peruvian Huacatay Salsa Recipe for Pollo...
This spicy green sauce gets its unique flavor from huacatay, an Andean herb.
Sweet Apple Cinnamon 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.
How to Fill and Shape Empanadas
A step-by-step guide to filling and shaping empanadas.
Quick Peruvian-style Chicken Stir Fry - Pollo...
This Peruvian-style chicken stir fry has onions, bell peppers, and fried potatoes - a Latin-Asian fusion dish that's sure to please.
A Tantalizing List of Traditional and Modern...
A list of traditional and modern recipes from Venezuela.
What Is Masarepa? An Intro to the Precooked...
Explanation of the special precooked corn flour that is used to make corn cakes called arepas, staple treats in Venezuela and Colombia.
Try an Easy, Refreshing Chilcano de Pisco...
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.
How to Make Colombian Empanadas: Fried...
These appetizer-size empanadas have a cornmeal crust and tasty filling made of beef and potatoes.
A Simple Recipe for Milanesas, Breaded Fried...
Milanesas crispy fried pieces of thin-sliced meat, usually steak.
Easy Recipe for Cebiche de Langostinos: Shrimp...
This shrimp ceviche with mango and avocado tastes cool, bright, and refresing. It's great as a appetizer or a light lunch.
Get to Know Aji Amarillo, the Peruvian Yellow...
Aji amarillo is a South American hot yellow chile pepper that is used in many traditional dishes.
Skillet Carne Asada: Colombian Citrus Marinaded...
An indoor version of tasty carne asada, this seasoned flank steak is quickly seared in a skillet.
An Introduction to South American Food
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.
Easy to make arepas go with any meal.
Thick Venezuelan-style arepas (corncakes) are delicious, and make great sandwiches.
Brazilian Cinnamon "Raindrop" Doughnuts -...
These delicious little Brazilian doughnuts are coated with cinnamon sugar.
Make Chinese-Peruvian Stir-Fried Beef and...
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.
Peruvian Stewed Chicken in Cilantro Sauce -...
Seco de pollo is a delicious stewed chicken dish with a beautiful green cilantro sauce.
A Simple Recipe for Crockpot Carnitas, Slow...
Carnitas are delicious pieces of pulled pork, perfect for tamales and arepas.
Mazamorra Morada - Peruvian Purple Corn Pudding
A delicious pudding-like dessert made with purple corn and fruit.
Try Churros, Fried Dough Sticks with Cinnamon...
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.
Milanesa Napolitana - Argentinian Fried Steak,...
Milanesa napolitana is an Argentinian favorite - breaded fried steak topped with ham, tomato sauce, and cheese.
Make Colombian Chicken in Creamy Coconut Sauce...
Sautéed chicken breasts in a creamy sauce made with coconut milk.
A Collection of Recipes from Colombia
A list of traditional and modern recipes from Colombia.
A Tasty Recipe for Arroz con Pollo Verde: Green...
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.
Make Tempting Chilean-style Fried Cheese...
These are quick and easy empanadas with a simple melted cheese filling, but they are irresistible.
Peruvian Roasted Chicken with Yellow Potatoes -...
This roasted chicken recipe with yellow potatoes has the flavor of Peruvian rotisserie chicken, pollo a la brasa, and is very easy to make.
How to Make Ecuadorian Shrimp Ceviche with...
This Ecuadorian-style ceviche has a delicious Latin-style cocktail sauce with lots of fresh lime juice and large kernel Andean corn.
Recetas de Ecuador - Ecuadorian Recipes
A list of traditional recipes from the country of Ecuador, including appetizers, main courses and desserts.
Popped Quinoa and Amaranth (Kiwicha) - How to...
Quinoa and amaranth are high protein grains that can popped like popcorn for a nutritious snack.
Salsa Criolla - Peruvian Onion, Pepper &...
This onion relish is a traditional accompaniment to many Peruvian dishes, and is also great on sandwiches.
Want to Cook Chilean Food? Check Out These...
A list of classic Chilean recipes, including appetizers, drinks, main courses and desserts.
Make Crowd-Pleasing Empanadas Tucumanas: A Beef...
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.
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.
An Easy Recipe for Scrumptious Pandebono,...
Pandebono is delicious cheese bread from Colombia made from cornmeal (masarepa) and tapioca flour, as well as farmer's cheese and eggs.
Pan de Quinoa y Miel Recipe: How to Make...
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.
Creamy Tropical Lucuma Ice Cream
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.
Papa Rellena - Stuffed Mashed Potatoes
Peruvian stuffed potatoes are mashed potatoes that are shaped around a center of seasoned ground beef and then fried golden brown.
Make Mouthwatering Coconut-Crusted Fish Fillets...
A tasty and quick way to fry up some fish for dinner, this coconut crusted fish is delicious paired with the fresh mango salsa.
A Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial for Making Dulce...
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.
Queso Fresco and Queso Blanco - Definition of...
Queso freso (literally. South American Food.
Salvadorian-style Chicharrón -...
In El Salvador, chicharron is seasoned shredded pork, used to fill pupusas, or thick corn tortillas.
How to Make Yummy Pao de Queijo, Brazilian...
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 Quick and Easy Recipe for Fainá,...
Fainá is an Italian-style flatbread made from chickpea (garbanzo) flour that is popular in Uruguay and Argentina.
Brazilian Farofa - Skillet Toasted Manioc Flour
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 Tasty Recipe for Kibe, Brazilian Beef...
Kibes are a popular Brazilian fried beef and bulgur wheat snack with Middle Eastern origins.
A Traditional Andean Food: Cuy (Guinea Pig)
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.
Love Guacamole? Try This Venezuelan Guasacaca
Guasacaca is a popular relish in Venezuela, served with grilled meats and fried foods.
Try Brazilian Black-Eyed Pea and Shrimp Fritters
Traditional street food from Brazil, these deep-fried black-eyed pea fritters are split and stuffed with caramelized onions and shrimp.
5 Fun and Easy South American Dessert Recipes
A list of some of the most well-loved South American desserts. These are fun, easy recipes that will liven up any meal.
A Basic 6-Step Recipe for Dulce de Leche, a...
Dulce de Leche (also known as manjar, manjar blanco, and arequipe), is widely adored all over South America.
Pasta Frola - Quince Tart
A pretty cookie tart filled with dulce de membrillo (quince paste).
Quick Guava and Cheese Pastries - Pastelitos de...
These pretty guava pastries are easy as pie to prepare.
Huacatay - Peruvian Black Mint
Huacatay is a mint-like herb that is used in Peruvian cuisine.
Aji Panca - Peruvian Red Pepper
A type of aji, or chile pepper, used in certain Peruvian dishes.
Postre Chajá - Peach Meringue Cake
A delicious meringue cake with peaches and whipped cream from Uruguay.
Empanadas for Breakfast
Empanadas are ideal for a breakfast on the go. These breakfast empanadas are filled with bacon, eggs, and pepper jack cheese.
Quick and Easy Tortas Fritas (South American...
Argentinians and Uruguayans alike enjoy these fried circles of dough in the afternoon with yerba mate tea.
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.
Spinach & Ricotta Empanadas - Empanadas de...
A delicious empanada pastry filled with sautéed spinach and ricotta cheese.
Rich and Hearty Brazilian Feijoada
The savory black bean and meat stew known as feijoada is the national dish of Brazil, traditionally enjoyed for lunch on Saturday.
Torta Espanola - Potato and Onion Frittata
A layered tart of potatoes, onions, and eggs cooked in a skillet - a perfect one dish meal.
Manchego Cheese and Quince Paste Hors d'Oeuvres
This famous little combination of aged cheese and sweet quince paste makes a quick and elegant appetizer for any occasion.
Creamy Venezuelan-Style Lasagna with Bechamel...
Pasicho is a Venezuelan lasagna-like dish with lots of creamy bechamel sauce in addition to the tomato sauce and beef.
12 Decadent Dulce de Leche Dessert Recipes
A list of the best dessert recipes with dulce de leche, a caramel sauce popular in Latin America.
Pastel de Choclo - Comfort Food from Chile
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.
An Easy Recipe for Brazilian Chocolate Fudge...
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.
Basic Argentinian-Style Grilled Beef Ribs (Tira...
These beef ribs cook quickly on the grill and are seasoned only with salt, Argentinian-style.
Breakfast treats straight from Brazil.
Brazilians enjoy a variety of things for breakfast (besides coffee of course), including tropical fruit, cheese bread, smoothies in a bowl, and even cake!
Best South American Empanada Recipes
Here you will find everything you need to know about making empanadas, including traditional empanada recipes from different South American countries.
Top South American Recipes for the Grill
A collection of South American recipes for the grill, including side dishes, salsas, and desserts.
Savory Chicken and Cream Cheese Fried Pastry...
A tasty Brazilian pastry filled with creamy, savory chicken.
Fresh Colombian Hot Pepper Salsa (Salsa de Aji...
This excellent Colombian aji sauce goes well with grilled meats and arepas.
Picarones - Pumpkin Doughnuts
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.
How to Make a Delicious Dulce de Leche Pionono
Dulce de leche pionono is a delicious jelly roll cake filled with dulce de leche and whipped cream.
Basic South American-Style White Rice with Garlic
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.
Empanadas de Espinaca - Spinach and Cheese...
These flaky empanada pastries are filled with a creamy cheese sauce and spinach.
Grilled Chicken Skewers - Anticuchos de Pollo
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.
Pollo a la Brasa Chicken Breasts - Recipe for...
Pollo a la Brasa , baked chicken breasts with Peruvian roast chicken flavor.
Homemade Queso Fresco - Queso Fresco Casero
Delicious and creamy, queso fresco cheese is really easy to make at home.
The Mango Mousse Cake Recipe That's Sure to...
This beautiful cake has layers of delicate sponge cake filled with sweet tart mango mousse.
Tacu Tacu - Peruvian Comfort Food
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.
Twelve Great South American Appetizer Recipes
A collection of South American appetizers, from entradas (first courses) to bocaditos (little bites).
High Protein Granola Bars - Quinoa Energy Bars
These crunchy/chewy energy bars will keep you going all day long, thanks to the protein boost of quinoa.
Have this for breakfast and you will be...
A healthy breakfast bowl of frozen acai puree, bananas, and granola.
Arroz con Coco
This savory coconut rice has the delicious caramel flavor of toasted coconut and sweet raisins.
Maracuyá Sour - Passion Fruit Pisco Sour
The maracuya sour is a delicious variation of the famous pisco sour cocktail. It's made with passion fruit juice instead of lime juice.
Sopa de Mani - Peanut and Potato Soup
Sopa de mani is typically made with beef ribs or chicken, but it works well as a vegetarian soup too.
The Chivito - Uruguay's Most Iconic Sandwich
The chivito is a meatlover's sandwich from Uruguay that will sate any appetite.
Sweet Venezuelan-Style Flan Dessert (Quesillo)
Venezuelans love flan, also called quesillo - a pudding-like creamy dessert with lots of caramel.
Peruvian Stuffed Spicy Red Peppers (Rocoto...
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.
Simple Argentinian Grilled Provolone Appetizer...
Provoleta is grilled provolone cheese, and Argentinian specialty.
Spicy Rocoto Pepper Sauce - Crema de Rocoto
A creamy, mayonnaise-based sauce made with rocoto chile peppers.
The Cuisine of Suriname
The cuisine of Suriname is as diverse as the country's population.
Quick and Easy Colombian Red Beans with...
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.
Couve a Mineira: A Recipe for Garlicky Collard...
Chopped collard greens sauteed in olive oil with garlic and onions make a perfect accompaniment to many meals, especially the classic Brazilian feijoada.
Try this delicious Chilean-style salsa with...
A spicy chile pepper condiment to accompany Chilean food.
Brazilians put more than cheese and pepperoni...
South Americans have enthusiastically adopted pizza into their national cuisines, adding their own flavors and style. Brazilians are particularly creative with this Italian treat.
How to Make Quinoa Oatmeal Bread in a Bread...
A quick and easy bread machine recipe for bread made with the nutritious Andean grain called quinoa.
Chipa Guazú - Paraguayan Corn Souffle
This rich and creamy corn casserole is a popular dish in Paraguay, and it makes a great side dish for a barbeque (asado).
South American Empanada Recipes
All about making empanadas, including traditional empanada recipes from different South American countries.
Llapingachos - Ecuadorian Potato Pancakes
These potato cakes from Ecuador (llapingachos) are stuffed with white farmer's cheese and served with a simple but delicious peanut sauce.
How to Make Sweet and Tasty Traditional...
Alfajores are the quintessential street food in South America. They make a great afternoon snack with a cup of coffee or tea.
Vegetarian Ceviche Salad - Ceviche de Verduras
The flavors of ceviche in salad form, with fresh mozzarella cheese in place of seafood.
Locro de Papa Ecuatoriano
A hearty, cheesy, traditional potato soup from Ecuador.
Butifarra Sandwich - Peruvian Butifarra Pork...
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.
Frozen Pisco Sour - Peruvian Brandy Cocktail
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.
Tamal Recipes and Tips
Tamales are an old and traditional South American food, a portable and nutritious meal - fun to make and delicious.
Creamy Polenta - Receta de Polenta
This buttery, creamy polenta is a great winter side dish.
Smooth and Creamy Cocada Venezolana: Frozen...
A frozen treat from Venezuela made with fresh coconut blended with milk and ice, and sprinkled with a bit of cinnamon.
How to Make Colombian Buñuelos,...
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 dozen Brazilian-style cakes to make right now!
A collection of Brazilian cake recipes, with photos.
Venezuelan Coconut Cream Cake - Bien Me Sabe
You can prepare this delicious dessert using a cake mix to save time, or use your favorite white cake or sponge cake recipe.
Yuquitas Rellenas - Yuca Fritters
Mashed yuca (also known as cassava or manioc root) is shaped into bite-size balls with a piece of queso fresco in the center, then rolled in bread crumbs and fried until crispy. Serve them with salsa huancaína, a spicy cheese dipping sauce.
Venezuelan Pepito Sandwich - Pepito Venezolano
Classic Venezuelan street food, the pepito is a grilled beef sandwich with all the fixin's.
Savory Vegetarian Empanadas with Black Beans...
Vegetarian empanadas with a delicious black bean, corn, and cheese filling.
Latin Corn Salad with Queso Fresco in Cilantro...
A nutritious and healthy salad with simple fresh ingredients and minimal dressing.
Arepas de Choclo: Sweet Corn Cakes with Cheese
Arepas are corn griddle cakes made with a special ground corn. These arepas feature sweet corn and queso fresco.
A Super-Easy Recipe for Pastel de Tres Leches,...
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.
Cool Off with Homemade Frozen Limeade
Cold, tart, and refreshing, this recipe for homemade, frozen limeade is perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day.
Venezuelan Steak with Black Beans and Rice -...
Recipe for Pabellon criollo. A traditional beans and rice dish from Venezuela, with seasoned black beans, white rice, and tender, savory flank steak.
How to Cook South American Rice, Step by Step
White rice (arroz blanco) is a daily staple thoughout most of South America. It's always cooked perfectly, with a subtle taste of garlic. Check out this step by step guide to preparing rice the Latin way, and you'll want to eat it every day too. Plus, learn the Magic Spoon Trick.
Venezuelan Corn Pancakes with Cheese
Sweet corn pancakes made with fresh corn kernels.
A Flavorful Recipe for 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.
Crockpot South American Pulled Pork
Cumin, oregano and green chiles and lime give this pulled pork delicious Latin flavor.
Marraquetas - Chilean French Bread Rolls
Pan marraqueta is a popular roll with a characteristic shape in Chile, which has very similar taste and texture to french bread.

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