top of page

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!

Magic Landscapes from our Luxury Food & Wine Tour of Argentina and Chile in 14 days 🙌⁠ ⁠Enjoy with all your senses the landscape, wines & food of Chile and Argentina. One of our most loved Argentina & Chile Tours!❣️⁠ . ⁠📸by @⁠gusariase⁠

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 🇦🇷

Read More: Visit Argentina: A Complete Guide for Planning your Perfect Trip to Argentina

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.

argentinian food

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

#SieteFuegos 📍Francis Mallmann’s gourmet experience in Valle de Uco Mendoza

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.

Read More: Foodie Travel Inspiration: 5 Popular Food Dishes You Must Try in Patagonia

9- Empanadas

Empanadas have become as traditional as Asado or Mate, and empanadas houses are a national classic that has made this food one of our most widespread traditions. In every region of the country, they have their own way of preparation and they took different forms according to local ingredients. You may find them of meat, chicken, greens, corn, with or without potatoes, cheese, jam, onion, lamb, and so on… they are all delicious.

two weeks itinerary to argentina cafayate

Who wants a “Empanada”? Enjoy the best argentinean empanadas & wines at Cafayate. Salta 🌵🌄🍇🍷 by @respiraargentina

10- Patagonian Fish: Centolla fueguina, Merluza Negra & Trucha Patagónica

The gastronomy in Patagonia is a combination of excellent seafood and traditional Andean Patagonian dishes. One of the musts is the traditional “Centolla Fueguina” (spider crab) caught straight from the Beagle Channel. It’s tender and sweet, and it makes the perfect choice for a romantic dinner in Patagonia

Taste the best Patagonian Merluza negra at @loscauquenes – Ushuaia

You probably know only the silver-toned hake, but it’s time to adventure yourself into trying the Merluza Negra (black hake), which can be found only in really cold waters of the southern hemisphere. What? Its fat, freshness, and simple way of cooking makes it so delicious and ideal to add it to the top Patagonian food dishes.

If you want to try Patagonian delicacy, choose the Trucha Patagónica, a delicious trout that will melt in your mouth. You can enjoy it baked, pan-fried or smoked, in creamy sauces or combined with pasta, but in this area, it is traditionally grilled (Trucha a la Parrilla)

Check our Instagram TV Episode #5 about “How to …” prepare a Patagonian fish cake. In this week’s episode, we are be teaching you about Patagonian Cuisine those dishes you can’t miss to experiment! And our local host from @loscauquenes resort in Ushuaia is teaching us how to do a delicious “Pastel del Pescado” 🐡🍲WATCH HERE

Can’t wait anymore to start your journey to Argentina? Check our suggested trip Luxury Food & Wine Tour of Argentina and Chile in 14 days, and contact us, we are local experts and can help you design your perfect trip. We promise you will have a trip of a lifetime!

Clara Barciela ❣️⁠ Founding Partner & Director Across Argentina & South America Follow us on Instagram or facebook for more inspiration about Argentina & South America!

Contact us by Whatsapp

CONTACT US Start Planning Your Trip NowPlease enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

Name *

Country *

Email *


We can call you if you want! Tell us a phone or whatsapp number and when is the best time to call you.

Comment or Message *

Tell us your trip plans! Destinations you want to visit, your travel dates, number of travelers, type of lodgments, etc.



Read our Latest Post

  1. Why You Should Choose a Glamping vacation at Patagonia Camp in Torres del Paine

  2. Chile Outdoor and Adventure Destinations

  3. Stories From Travelers: Trip to Torres del Paine, Patagonia Experience

  4. 5 reasons to visit Salta in Argentina on your next trip to South America

  5. Two Weeks Itinerary to Argentina for Nature Lovers: Ibera Wetlands, Iguazu Falls & The Northwest Tradition

We believe South America is one of the most unforgettable places on earth – and we want you to help you fall in love with the continent just like we have. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, we founded Across South-America to help guests experience the ‘real’ South America – without compromising on comfort. A decade later, and Across South-America is a well-known boutique travel agency crafting outstanding vacations for couples, friends and families from all over the world. Our main point of difference is that we’re local experts. South America is our backyard. . Read More Let us show you the South America we know and love. Contact us!

#Argentina #FoodampDrink #WinesandGourmet


 We are Clara & Maria  

  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • Facebook


Our South America 
Travel Guide


_[TEMPLATE] Pinterest Pin (1).png

Use this guide to save you from endless hours of scrolling on the search page, looking for inspiration for your next trip to South America!

Unique experiences, dream boutique hotels, and estancias, the latest travel tips and suggested itineraries in South America, it’s all here waiting for you…


Our Travelers 


"Super Travel agency to South America" The women at Across South America did a fantastic job!! It may have taken 2 years to have our adventure ( because of COVID) but we did it! 



"Our month-long adventure was top-notch"

  The staff at Across South America were supporting us on a daily basis.   You cannot go wrong with Across South America. True custom travel.

Testimonials from our  travelers

Work together


OUR Latest Post

Sign up to be the first to receive our local tips & insights for your next trip to South America

Sisters and Partners at
Across South America

We founded 15 years ago Across South America, a female-founded and women-run Boutique Travel Agency to help travelers fall in love with South America just like we are.

bottom of page