South American Recipes

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Argentinian Recipes

Argentine Meat Empanadas

Rating: Unrated
89
My original version for the Argentinean recipe. Rich and delicious. Any meat can be used for this recipe, just be sure to cut it up into tiny pieces.
Everyday Cooking

Silpancho from Cochabamba, Bolivia

Rating: Unrated
4
A delicious typical food from Bolivia. Enjoy it!
Quick Bread

Brazilian Cheese Rolls (Pao de Queijo)

Rating: Unrated
19
These are very easy, very tasty Brazilian cheese rolls, much like you might find at a churrascaria.
Sauces

Chef John's Chimichurri Sauce

Rating: Unrated
145
Chimichurri is a fabulous green sauce that's been steadily growing in popularity across the American restaurant landscape. This herby, garlicky, tangy, spicy, and very green condiment is great on all kinds of grilled meats.
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Beef Pie

Bolivian Saltenas

Rating: Unrated
30
This is a Bolivian meat pastry, a cousin to the empanada. This recipe is one handed down from my grandmother. It makes 16 medium-sized saltenas.
Peruvian Recipes

Peruvian Arroz con Pollo

Rating: Unrated
53
I was taught by my Peruvian mother-in-law how to cook some of my husband's favorite meals. I have perfected one of her dishes...she even says it is better then hers!
Colombian Recipes

Colombian Stewed Flank

Rating: Unrated
31
This wonderful dish has so much flavor. It reminds me of the great flavors of Colombian cooking. Slow-cooked, simmered steak makes this dish so tender and juicy! If you desire some heat, like I do, add a jalapeno pepper. You can also substitute beer for half the water for another variation on the flavor. Serve over rice or with tortillas.
Peruvian Recipes

Suspiro Limeno

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4
This is a classic Peruvian dessert which is very popular in Chile, it's irresistible for all ages! It's easy and I've been able to prepare it myself since I was little! Try it, you won't regret it!
Quick Bread

Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo)

Rating: Unrated
259
These yummy gluten/wheat free breads are good for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance. These are good either served plain, or with marinara sauce. For more variety, try adding a variety of herb seasonings, such as Italian seasoning or try substituting other cheeses for the Parmesan.
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Chilean Recipes

Grilled Sea Bass

Rating: Unrated
322
This is a truly flavorful dish with a lovely plate presentation. My mom and I experimented and made this for lunch. It came out so good I promptly went to the fish market so I could make it for my dinner guests that night. YUMMY!
Quick Bread

Homemade Arepas

Rating: Unrated
35
It was at a New York City hole-in-the-wall eatery where I first fell in love with a stuffed white corn cake. Halfway through my first arepa, one stuffed with black beans, beef, plantains, and salty cheese, I vowed to learn how to make these at home. It's a truly magnificent delivery system for any number of your favorite fillings. I went with some spicy pork and avocado, but I made a version a few days later stuffed with caramelized plantains and salty goat feta.
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Grain Side Dishes

Quinoa and Black Beans

Rating: Unrated
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Very flavorful alternative to black beans and rice. Quinoa is a nutty grain from South America.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Chimichurri Sauce

"Loved it. Always a jawdropper at BBQs. Made just as the recipe specifies; tastes best when you let the flavours set for a couple of hours." – Asphyx

Chef John's Brazilian Fish Stew

See how to make this quick "weeknight version" of this coconut milk-based seafood stew.

Chef John's Brazilian Fish Stew

Rating: Unrated
106

My interpretation of Brazilian seafood stew (or moqueca) uses just fish, so I'm calling it the weeknight version. It's ready to serve in less than 30 minutes.