Chile is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land with the Pacific Ocean to the west and Andes to the east. It has its capital in Santiago de Chile. Being a long country stretched over a variety of landscapes, expect to encounter an impressive traditional Chilean cuisine. From hearty casseroles, warming soups and flavorful sausages to refreshing shellfish, Chilean cooking is an unforgettable experience for any visitor.
Here is the list of some famous and best-loved food in Chile.
Pebre: The famous Chilean condiment
It’s a all time favorite Chilean condiment, so it is always love at first bite. Pebre is a mixture of finely chopped onions, tomatoes, cilantro and spicy aji chili peppers. The sauces depend on the region of Chile and the guests’ taste. Enjoy the delicious taste of this dish in almost every restaurant in Chile that serves traditional Chilean cuisine.
Pastel de Choclo: The delicious ‘Corn pie.’
The direct translation of Pastel de Choclo is ‘Corn pie’. Pastel de Choclo is prepared with beef and onion filling, known as pino, sandwiched between layers of a blended corn mixture. Slices of hard-boiled egg, raisins and olives are laid on top of the beef and onion filling before adding the final corn layer. Therefore, this delicious dish of the Chilean cuisine is available in summer, when corn is in the season.
Chupe de camarones
These thick casseroles of cream and cheese come in several varieties, most typically made with jaiva (a type of crab), locos, and mixed shellfish. They are best tasted at one of Chile’s many fish markets.
Caldo de Pata: Leg of beef broth
This is a warming soup with clear broth, mixed with some vegetables, and most importantly pig’s feet. So, this cheap and hearty fare is undoubtedly a market food.
This is a famous light summer soup of Chilean cuisine that holds tightly the fresh summer harvest of cranberry beans, tomatoes, corn and squash. These ingredients are indigenous to Chile and are available in abundance during the late summer months.
Carbonada (Vegetables and meat minestrone-like soup)
A very traditional winter stew of the Chilean cuisine that delights all taste buds. There are different versions of this soup in other cuisines of Latin America. Here in Chile, it is prepared with pumpkin, carrots, potatoes, green beans and varied seasonings, plus meat cut into small pieces. It is served in a soup dish with abundant broth sprinkled with parsley.
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