Chilean Recipes

Browse recipes for Chilean-style sopapillas and empanadas, and the famed torta de mil hojas, complete with ratings, reviews, and cooking tips.

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Pisco Sour

Rating: 4.5 stars 23
Pisco is a style of brandy common to Peru and Chile that has a bit of a tequila flavor. The egg white gives this tangy pisco sour blender drink a smooth, full body. Don't forget the bitters, it's the secret ingredient!

Pollo Borracho

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
This luscious, satisfying chicken dish gains its richness from a sauce of shallots and brandy.

Isa's Cola de Mono

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
This is a traditional Chilean Christmastime drink of milk flavored with coffee and spices, passed down to me by our Chilean nanny Isa. It is delicious, and a must-try if you don't care for egg-nog. The recipe can be varied to suit your tastes - be creative with the proportions of coffee, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla, as well as with your choice of liqueurs.

Gambas Pil Pil (Prawns, Chilean Style)

Rating: 4 stars 7
Rich, golden garlic cloves and a splash of pisco flavor juicy prawns in this Chilean version of a classic Spanish tapa.

Leche Asada

Rating: 3.5 stars 8
This sweet, cinnamon-lemon custard is Chile's answer to the creme brulee.


Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Fried mashed potato cakes with pork rinds! Woo-hoo!!

Empanadas Fritas de Queso

Rating: 3.5 stars 7
These empanadas use queso chanco, but a good substitute is a mixture of Swiss and Havarti. I usually bake mine, but they are really good fried. I serve these with a chile-Chile sauce.

Chilean-Style Sopaipillas

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
This is a traditional Chilean snack, or maybe an appetizer. The truth is that it's a snack eaten during wintertime, especially when it rains. It is typical to arrive home after walking through the rainy streets of Santiago and sit down to have a cup of tea and eat a couple of sopaipillas. You can also eat ones sold by street vendors, but they usually don't taste as good as homemade ones. If you can't find zapallo, pumpkin is a good substitute.

Chilean Potato Pie (Pastel de Papas)

Rating: 4 stars 15
This is a lot like a Shepherd's Pie with a little Latin flair. Good comfort food.

Flan II

Rating: 4.5 stars 170
The best dessert ever invented!!

Fried Empanadas

Rating: 4.5 stars 188
These fried empanadas are the best! Raisins and eggs make this recipe extra delicious believe it or not!

Chilean Pebre Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 5
Pebre is a Chilean salsa and is most commonly used on bread. It is also used on meats or anything else you desire. My favorite way to use it is on barbecued tri-tip. You can vary the ingredients to suit your taste.

Inspiration and Ideas

Torta De Hojas
Rating: Unrated 18
"This recipe is an amazing authentic Chilean cake also known as 'Torta de Mil Hojas' or 'Thousand Layers Cake.' Totally worth it!" – chileanwife
Manjar (Dulce de Leche) from Scratch
Rating: Unrated 18
"This was my first attempt to make dulce de leche from scratch. The raw ingredient approach produces a far superior result." – Colleen
Porotos Granados (Chilean Bean Stew)
Rating: 4 stars 15

This hearty Chilean bean stew is perfect for the coldest nights but stands up just as well to the summer heat. Using frozen vegetables, you can put together this dish in minutes and have it on the table in an hour.