Foods & Drinks

Best Foods In Argentina

Argentina may be known as the mecca of football, tango and wine, but it’s also at the top of its game when it comes to delicious traditional food. From the north to the south, each region has its own specialities, and there are some typical dishes that can be found all over the country. We round up the best foods in Argentina for your cuisine exploration. Read on for more information.

The Best Foods In Argentina

1. Asado

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The way to Argentina’s heart is through its asado, or barbecue, also known as parrillada. Don’t leave the country without spending a leisurely afternoon beside the warmth of a grill or open fire, feasting on copious grilled meats. This is the national dish, originating from the country’s gauchos, or cowboys, who would subsist on the abundant cows dotting the country’s plains. Expect to find beef, pork, ribs, sausages, blood sausages and sweetbreads hot off the fire. In Patagonia, look out for a whole lamb or pig roasting over an open flame. Lightly salted, topped with chimichurri and paired with malbec – this is Argentina.

2. Chimichurri

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A green salsa made of finely chopped parsley, oregano, onion, garlic, chilli pepper flakes, olive oil and a touch of acid, such as lemon or vinegar, chimichurri is the country’s go-to condiment.. This tangy, garlickly salsa is sometimes used as a marinade, though most often it’s found blanketing grilled meats and heaps of other savoury foods throughout the country.

3. Provoleta

Argentineans give whole new meaning to grilled cheese with their trademark dish of provoleta. A consequence of the significant Italian immigration to Argentina, provoleta is the country’s variant on provolone. Pungent, sharp, sliced discs of the cheese are topped with chilli flakes and herbs, like oregano, then grilled. The nearly melted cheese is served crisp and slightly caramelised on the outside, gooey and smokey on the interior. Top it off with a drizzle of olive oil or a spoonful of chimichurri.

4. Empanadas

Empanadas literally translate to “wrapped in bread.” How could that not be delicious? An empanada is one of Argentina’s most popular street foods. Also, typically served as an appetizer. They were brought over by Spanish immigrants during the 16th century. Empanadas are stuffed dough pockets. They’re commonly baked or fried. Empanadas are stuffed with different meats and veggies. If you’re looking to explore this Argentine food, there are a variety of delicious ways to stuff an empanada.

5. Locro

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Traditionally served to commemorate Argentina’s May Revolution on May 25 but also as a cure for the cold winters, locro is considered a national dish. It’s about a thick, hearty soup made from a combination of corn, beans, potatoes and/or squash and some form of meat, seasoned with cumin and bay leaf. Usually, it’s served with a splash of chimichurri, a typical hot sauce made from paprika, onions, chili, garlic, parsley and other herbs smothered in olive oil.

6. Choripan

This is the Argentinian hot-dog. Named out of its ingredients which are chorizo and pan (bread), Choripan is one more proud example of Argentina’s street food scene. Cheap and delicious regardless its simplicity, it’s topped with fresh and spicy chimichurri.

7. Fainâ

Highly influenced by their Neapolitan cousins, Argentinian’s love pizza and they serve the cheesiest in the world! They follow three simple rules. Thick crust, light sauce and loads of cheese, dripping down the side of each slice. Toppings include green olives, oregano, and dried chili flakes. If you want to eat your pizza like a local, then order a slice of fainâ to go with it. Fainâ is a crunchy, thin flatbread and it’s made from chickpea flour. Served in slices, its purpose is to be set on top of the pizza as a crunchy top layer. Doubles as an edible tissue to absorb the fat drippings from the extra cheese.

8. Cordero a la cruz

A Patagonian speciality, this lamb dish is one of the best foods in Argentina. Cooked in a traditional manner on wooden poles formed into a cross and stuck in a red-hot fire, the lamb comes out crispy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth on the inside. It’s tough to find lamb in other parts of Argentina, but if you go to Patagonia you will see it on every menu.