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Recipes from Argentina
A list of traditional recipes from Argentina.
An Easy 4-Step Recipe for a Classic Pisco Sour...
The classic preparation for the famous pisco sour cocktail.
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.
Delicious and Versatile Chimicurri Sauce
A garlic and parsley sauce that always accompanies grilled steak in Argentine, chimichurri is also perfect as a marinade for beef or chicken.
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.
How to Make Empanada Dough (Masa para...
This slightly sweet empanada dough produces tender, golden empanadas.
Pan de Jamon - Venezuelan Ham and Olive Bread
This sweet savory bread is a popular Christmas treat in Venezuela.
A Tantalizing List of Traditional and Modern...
A list of traditional and modern recipes from Venezuela.
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.
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.
Recipes for Favorite Peruvian Dishes
A list of classic Peruvian recipes, including appetizers, drinks, main courses and desserts.
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.
Traditional and modern recipes from Brazil
A collection of Brazilian recipes, from appetizer to dessert, to help you plan an authentic Brazilian meal.
Quick and Easy Recipe for Panettone
A relatively quick method for making panettone, the yeasted holiday fruitcake.
Natilla - Colombian Christmas Custard
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.
Coxinha - Brazilian Street Food
Coxinhas are delicious fried chicken croquettes - a popular street food in Brazil.
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 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.
A Collection of Recipes from Colombia
A list of traditional and modern recipes from Colombia.
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.
Chilean Holiday Fruitcake - Pan de Pascua
Pan de pascua is a holiday tradition in Chile. While Italian panettone cake is enjoyed during the holidays throughout most of Latin America, pan de pascua is a closer relative to German stollen.
Empanadas de Pino
These traditional Chilean empanadas have a delicious ground beef and onion filling.
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.
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.
Want to Cook Chilean Food? Check Out These...
A list of classic Chilean recipes, including appetizers, drinks, main courses and desserts.
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.
Recetas de Ecuador - Ecuadorian Recipes
A list of traditional recipes from the country of Ecuador, including appetizers, main courses and desserts.
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.
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.
Make Rich, Creamy Aji de Gallina, Peruvian...
Aji de gallina is a classic Peruvian dish, made with aji peppers, chicken, and a cream sauce.
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.
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.
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 Menu of Traditional South American Christmas...
A list of recipes and ideas for a South American Christmas menu.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Make Colombian Empanadas: Fried...
These appetizer-size empanadas have a cornmeal crust and tasty filling made of beef and potatoes.
Brazilian Cinnamon "Raindrop" Doughnuts -...
These delicious little Brazilian doughnuts are coated with cinnamon sugar.
A Simple Recipe for Crockpot Carnitas, Slow...
Carnitas are delicious pieces of pulled pork, perfect for tamales and arepas.
A Simple Recipe for Milanesas, Breaded Fried...
Milanesas crispy fried pieces of thin-sliced meat, usually steak.
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.
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.
Rabanadas - Brazilian/Portuguese French Toast
A Brazilian version of French toast that is delicious and often enjoyed at Christmas time.
Tamal Recipes and Tips
Tamales are an old and traditional South American food, a portable and nutritious meal - fun to make and delicious.
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.
Make Tempting Chilean-style Fried Cheese...
These are quick and easy empanadas with a simple melted cheese filling, but they are irresistible.
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 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.
Try Creamy Tallarines Verdes, Noodles with...
South American noodles with a fresh spinach and basil sauce.
Easy to make arepas go with any meal.
Thick Venezuelan-style arepas (corncakes) are delicious, and make great sandwiches.
Panettone - A Latin American Christmas Tradition
Panettone is a yeasted fruitcake that is enjoyed throughout Latin American during the Christmas holiday. Learn more about this tradition and try recipes for this delicious sweet bread.
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.
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.
Sweet Venezuelan-Style Flan Dessert (Quesillo)
Venezuelans love flan, also called quesillo - a pudding-like creamy dessert with lots of caramel.
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.
Panettone in the Bread Machine - Easy Panettone...
This traditional holiday fruitcake is easy to prepare with the help of a bread machine.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Skillet Carne Asada: Colombian Citrus Marinaded...
An indoor version of tasty carne asada, this seasoned flank steak is quickly seared in a skillet.
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.
Quick and Easy Cheese Tamales - Tamales de Queso
These cheese tamales are easy to make and delicious.
Quick Guava and Cheese Pastries - Pastelitos de...
These pretty guava pastries are easy as pie to prepare.
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.
Salvadorian-style Chicharrón -...
In El Salvador, chicharron is seasoned shredded pork, used to fill pupusas, or thick corn tortillas.
Panettone - Holiday Fruitcake
Panettone is a sweet yeasted bread packed with dried fruit and nuts that is enjoyed at Christmas time in Latin America.
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.
Make Colombian Chicken in Creamy Coconut Sauce...
Sautéed chicken breasts in a creamy sauce made with coconut milk.
Chocolate Panettone - Chocottone
This chocolate version of the Italian panettone has chocolate chips and nuts instead of the traditional dried fruits.
Love Guacamole? Try This Venezuelan Guasacaca
Guasacaca is a popular relish in Venezuela, served with grilled meats and fried foods.
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.
Popped Quinoa and Amaranth (Kiwicha) - How to...
Quinoa and amaranth are high protein grains that can popped like popcorn for a nutritious snack.
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.
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!
Calzones Rotos - Chilean "Underwear" Cookies
The Latin American word for underwear - calzones - used to be a great source of amusement (and confusion)
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.
Savory Chicken and Cream Cheese Fried Pastry...
A tasty Brazilian pastry filled with creamy, savory chicken.
Milanesa Napolitana - Argentinian Fried Steak,...
Milanesa napolitana is an Argentinian favorite - breaded fried steak topped with ham, tomato sauce, and cheese.
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.
Locro de Papa Ecuatoriano
A hearty, cheesy, traditional potato soup from Ecuador.
The Cuisine of Suriname
The cuisine of Suriname is as diverse as the country's population.
Can You Make Brazilian Farofa Without Toasted...
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.
Bien Me Sabe - Venezuelan Coconut Cream Cake
You can prepare this delicious dessert using a cake mix to save time, or use your favorite white cake or sponge cake recipe.
Aji Panca - Peruvian Red Pepper
A type of aji, or chile pepper, used in certain Peruvian dishes.
Cachitos - Venezuelan Ham Croissants
Cachitos are a Venezuelan breakfast treat - a delicious crescent roll filled with ham.
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.
Mazamorra Morada - Peruvian Purple Corn Pudding
A delicious pudding-like dessert made with purple corn and fruit.
Vegetarian Tamal with Cheese
These tamales are made with traditional corn masa, and have a filling of fresh sweet corn and tomatoes.
Chilean Beef and Corn Casserole - Pastel de...
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.
Tapioca - Brazilian Crepes
These unique Brazilian-style crepes are made with tapioca starch and can be filled with sweet or savory filling.
Buñuelos & Natilla
Bunuelos and natilla are important parts of the Christmas menu in Colombia.
Argentinian Beef Stew with Dried Apricots and...
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.
Irresistible Fried Venezuelan Queso Blanco...
Tequenos are a popular Venezuelan snack of fried cheese wrapped in a crispy dough.
Quick and Easy Tortas Fritas (South American...
Argentinians and Uruguayans alike enjoy these fried circles of dough in the afternoon with yerba mate tea.
Peruvian Stewed Chicken in Cilantro Sauce -...
Seco de pollo is a delicious stewed chicken dish with a beautiful green cilantro sauce.
Savory Vegetarian Empanadas with Black Beans...
Vegetarian empanadas with a delicious black bean, corn, and cheese filling.
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.
How to Fill and Shape Empanadas
A step by step guide to filling and shaping empanadas. Page 5.
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.
South American Bite-Size Desserts
A collection of recipes for small bite size dessert treats, perfect for passing around at a party or for giving as gifts.
Arroz con Coco
This savory coconut rice has the delicious caramel flavor of toasted coconut and sweet raisins.
Secret Peruvian Huacatay Salsa Recipe for Pollo...
This spicy green sauce gets its unique flavor from huacatay, an Andean herb.
Canelazo - Spiced Cinnamon Rum Drink
Canelazo is a spiced fruit drink that is spiked with aguardiente or rum, and served hot. It's a favorite in Ecuador, and is especially enjoyed around Christmas.
Patagonian Black Welsh Cake - Torta Negra Galesa
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.
South American Empanada Recipes
All about making empanadas, including traditional empanada recipes from different South American countries.
Chifles - Fried Plantain Chips
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.
Salsa Criolla - Peruvian Onion, Pepper &...
This onion relish is a traditional accompaniment to many Peruvian dishes, and is also great on sandwiches.
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.
Latin American Holiday Cookies
A collection of South American-style cookies for the holidays.
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.
Queso Fresco and Queso Blanco - Definition of...
Queso freso (literally. South American Food.
Pizza a Caballo (Cheese Pizza Topped with Slice...
A popular way to eat pizza in Argentina and Uruguay in which the pizza is topped with a thin slice of fainá (garbanzo flatbread).
Venezuelan Corn Pancakes with Cheese
Sweet corn pancakes made with fresh corn kernels.
A Tasty Recipe for Kibe, Brazilian Beef...
Kibes are a popular Brazilian fried beef and bulgur wheat snack with Middle Eastern origins.
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.
Just in Time for Summer: Venezuelan Tropical La...
This refreshing Venezuelan fruit drink is like a tropical version of sangria.
Argentinian-Style Sampler Tray of Cured Meats...
Host an Argentinian-style gathering and serve a picada - a meal of cured meats and cheeses for everyone to share.
Quince Paste - Dulce de Membrillo
Quince paste is a sweet candy made from the delicious apple-like quince fruit. Quince paste is delicious served with cheese.
Golfeados - Venezuelan Sweet Rolls
These delicious Venezuelan sweet rolls have a sweet molasses flavor.
Spinach and Cheese Empanadas - Empanadas de...
These flaky empanada pastries are filled with a creamy cheese sauce and spinach.
Turrón de Doña Pepa - Anis Cookie...
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.
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.
Pasta Frola - Quince Tart
A pretty cookie tart filled with dulce de membrillo (quince paste).
Fresh Colombian Hot Pepper Salsa (Salsa de Aji...
This excellent Colombian aji sauce goes well with grilled meats and arepas.
How to Make Aloo Curry, Curried Potatoes, in 7...
Aloo curry are easy to make curried potatoes with great flavor.
Homemade Queso Fresco - Queso Fresco Casero
Delicious and creamy, queso fresco cheese is really easy to make at home.
El Submarino - Argentinian Hot Chocolate
This is the easiest and most fun way to serve hot chocolate. El submarino is an Argentinian treat - a
Sopa Paraguaya - Cheesy Cornbread from Paraguay
Serve this dense, savory corn bread with soup or stew, or enjoy it toasted with butter.
Peruvian Steak, Rice & Beans
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.
Anise Seed Bread Rolls - Pan de Anis
Anis is a popular ingredient in South American desserts and baked goods. These small, slightly sweet rolls have a soft texture, and make a great afternoon snack with tea or coffee.
Try this delicious Chilean-style salsa with...
A spicy chile pepper condiment to accompany Chilean food.
The Chivito - Uruguay's Most Iconic Sandwich
The chivito is a meatlover's sandwich from Uruguay that will sate any appetite.
Postre Chajá - Peach Meringue Cake
A delicious meringue cake with peaches and whipped cream from Uruguay.
Make Yummy Patacones, Twice-Fried Green...
Twice fried green plantain makes an outstanding appetizer, especially paired with aji amarillo sauce.
Maracuyá Sour Cocktail - Passion Fruit...
The maracuya sour is a delicious variation of the famous pisco sour cocktail. It's made with passion fruit juice instead of lime juice.
Get Creative with This Shrimp Paella Recipe
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.
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.
Slow Cooked Chilean Beef Stew with Squash and...
Charquican is a delicious beef stew that is traditionally made with dried beef (charqui), squash, and potatoes.
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.
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.
Chilean-Style Sopaipillas (Spiced Pumpkin...
These Chilean-syle sopaipillas are delicious fried rounds of pumpkin dough soaked in a spiced syrup.
Dulce de Leche Flan
Traditional flan gets a boost of caramel flavor from the addition of dulce de leche.
Hogao - Colombian Tomato and Onion Sauce
Hogao is a tomato and onion based sauce enjoyed as a condiment and a seasoning for many Colombian dishes.
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