South American Recipes

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Argentine Meat Empanadas

Rating: 4.15 stars
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.

Silpancho from Cochabamba, Bolivia

Rating: 4.75 stars
A delicious typical food from Bolivia. Enjoy it!

Chef John's Chimichurri Sauce

Rating: 4.8 stars
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.

Brazilian Cheese Rolls (Pao de Queijo)

Rating: 4.62 stars
These are very easy, very tasty Brazilian cheese rolls, much like you might find at a churrascaria.

Bolivian Saltenas

Rating: 4.05 stars
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.

Ceviche Peruano

Rating: 4.4 stars
This ceviche is the best you will ever have. It is from Peru and I love making it every time I have friends and family over.

Colombian Stewed Flank

Rating: 4.35 stars
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.

Suspiro Limeno

Rating: 4.29 stars
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!

Feijoada (Brazilian Black Bean Stew)

Rating: 4.38 stars
This is my version of a traditional Brazilian black bean stew that maintains the rich smoky, flavors famous in Brazil. Additional meats, including sausage, may be added if desired. This is excellent served over brown rice.

Homemade Arepas

Rating: 4.58 stars
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.

Brazilian Grilled Pineapple

Rating: 4.84 stars
Favorite at a Brazilian steakhouse in Dallas. Not sure if this is the exact recipe they use but it tastes very close. Great side for kabobs and steak.

Air-Fried Peruvian Chicken Drumsticks with Green Crema

Rating: 4.71 stars
These air-fried Peruvian-style chicken drumsticks are served with a spinach, lime, and cilantro "green crema" sauce, with some jalapeno to kick the heat up a notch.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chimichurri Sauce
Rating: Unrated
"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
Rating: Unrated
See how to make this quick "weeknight version" of this coconut milk-based seafood stew.

Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo)

Rating: 4.36 stars

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.