Top 10 Most popular Argentinian FOOD you can’t miss

Updated: Oct 21, 2021

Food is an important part of the culture of any country, eating is just as much of an important part of the travel experience as wandering around a big city or visiting natural wonders. And actually, a lot of the time it’s the best thing about travel!

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A trip to Argentina is the perfect opportunity to indulge in some serious feasting, including sampling some of the country’s legendary steak. We’ve got a list of delicious and unique Argentine food, make sure to seek out these traditional dishes on your trip to Argentina 🇦🇷

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1- Asado

If you ask any local Argentinian no matter how old, they will all tell you the same thing: Argentina is world-famous for its Asados.

⁠→Argentines make up the second-largest consumer market for beef in the world, eating an average of 1 kilo per person per week 😲🥩⁠ ⁠→ Argentina has more cattle than humans within its borders. On its vast pampas graze the fifth-largest cow population in the world.🐄🐮⁠

But…what is the secret to a delicious Argentine Asado?⁠ eating Asado for an Argentine is not only to taste exquisite meat but also involves meeting with friends or family and having a good time and we have turned this mealtime into a tradition and ritual itself.

It is not only pieces of meat roasted on the grill, but the Argentine barbecue also is the most popular and representative dish of local gastronomy . 📷 @asandocarlitos

Check our Instagram TV Episode about “How to …do an asado de Argentinian way” Our Local Argentinian host from @estanciaelombu will tell us how to do an asado the Argentine way 🇦🇷🥩WATCH HERE

2- Choripan

Choripán is a chorizo sandwich. The sausage is grilled, then butterflied down the center, and served between slices of crusty bread.

Delicious bread, good chimichurri, and butterfly chorizo 🙌 . 📷@asandocarlitos

You may find some choripáns served as at your Asado, as a pre-requisite before any football match, a go-to among taxi drivers and a mainstay at markets and street stalls, choripán is the ultimate Argentinean street food similar to a hot dog. Depending on the province, caramelized onions, pickled aubergines, green peppers, and a host of other condiments are also added.

3- Chimichurri

If you want your taste buds to explode, slather your Choripán with chimichurri. This is a spicy sauce similar to pesto and it’s served on grilled meats and used as a dipping sauce. There are several versions for its origin, but the best known says that who created it and began marketing it in the nineteenth century was the English Jimmy Curry. It was so difficult for the creoles to pronounce his name, that they directly baptized him Chimi Churri. Its main ingredients are parsley, oregano, garlic, vinegar, oil, chili, and a little salt.

4- Yerba mate

The consumption of the yerba mate arose with the Guaraní that used the leaves of this plant as a ritual drink and currency for exchange with other nations such as the Incas. This tradition extended other cultures southwards and Jesuit missions introduced its intensive cultivation, production, and consumption.

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Argentina is the main producer of yerba mate in the world🍃🍃⁠ For the package to reach your table, the preparation process requires that the plant needs 4 years to grow and be able to be harvested and remain at least 1 year in specially conditioned tanks.⁠ . 📷@aventuradeviaje ⁠

Mate is an authentic eternal ritual. Essential to spend a pleasant moment alone or to share in a family gathering or with friends. No matter the time of the day, you’ll see us with our mates ready. Mate is about sharing!

Check our Instagram TV Episode about “How to …” prepare a mate. Our local hosts from @loisuiteshoteles are teaching us how to prepare an Argentinian Mate and the best Chipa! WATCH HERE

5- Dulce de leche

Dulce de leche, also known as manjar, arequipe or cajeta, is a traditional Latin American sweet, which corresponds to a caramelized variant of milk. Dulce de leche is a popular topping often added to alfajores, cakes, snacks, desserts, ice cream, bread, or any other sweet food you like

6- Alfajor

This is the Most Consumed Cookie in Argentina. A small sandwich made with two crumbly shortbread cookies and can have various fillings; sweet jams, mousse, but they usually have dulce de leche. For the cover, it is common to use chocolate on different and delicious versions. Argentinians like eating alfajores for breakfast, dessert, and as a tasty snack throughout the day. They are not just a snack, but a large part of the Argentine culture.

Delicious Alfajores with Dulce de leche . 📷@yococino_oficial

7- Medialunas

Medialuna means “half moon.” But it’s actually a buttery puff pastry similar to a French croissant. However, an Argentinian medialuna is sweeter and smaller than typical croissants. This South America version has two basic variants: the one made with fat and the one made with butter. The first one is thinner, salty and crispier. The second is sweet and fluffy, and is covered in delicious syrup. Medialuna is an Argentine classic that sweetens breakfasts and that can be eaten with a good mate or coffee and making the ideal combination to start a good day in Argentina.

8- Cordero patagónico

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Also known as Asado al Palo, the mouthwatering Cordero al Palo is the dish that defines this lovely region. This dish shows you exactly how locals like to cook the lamb, stretched across an iron cross, over an open fire. Yes, even the process is fascinating, not only the extremely juicy meat and its unforgettable taste.

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9- Empanadas

Empanadas have become as traditional as Asado or Mate, and e