Experience the Great Cuisine of Argentina

The cuisine of Argentina is distinctive in South America because of its strong resemblance to Italian, Spanish, French and other European cuisines. Indigenous gastronomies derived from groups such as the Quechua, Mapuche and Guarani have also played a role. Grilled meats and pasta are common with extensive use of local ingredients.

Cuisine of Argentina

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Go out for dinner in one of the many good restaurants in Buenos Aires. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.

Another determining factor in Argentine cuisine is that Argentina is a major producer of meat (especially beef), and so red meat is a staple of the Argentine diet. It is said that Argentineans are the highest consumers of red meat in the world. Beef is eaten in a variety of ways – grilled over an open fire, minced in pastry empanadas or stuffed, rolled, grilled then cut into thin slices. Lamb is another traditional meat. It is lean and grass-fed on the Patagonian Steppe. Typically it is stretched across a metal frame and slowly grilled for several hours over an open fire.

Certain foods can be found in all corners of the country. These include asado (barbecued meat), dulce de leche (similar to caramel made from sugar and milk) and empanadas (pastry filled with meat or cheese).

The pristine waters of Patagonia are home to an abundance of trout and salmon. In the area around Bariloche, Alpine cuisine is more the norm with chocolate bars and fondue restaurants. Tea rooms are a feature of the Welsh communities in Gaiman and Trevelin.

Argentinian Dishes

Recommended Argentinian dishes include:

Empanadas

Argentinian cuisine: empanadas

Empanadas. Photo credit: shutterstock

Empanadas – Pastry filled with meat, cheese or mussels

Asado

The famous 'asado' in Argentina

The famous ‘asado’ in Argentina. Photo credit: shutterstock

Asado – Barbecue of beef, pork or chicken

Pastel de Choclo

Pastel de Choclo

Pastel de Choclo. Photo credit: shutterstock

Pastel de Choclo – Corn casserole with meat stuffing

Cazuela

Cazuela

Cazuela.. Photo credit: shutterstock

Cazuela – Homemade stew with beef, chicken, corn, rice and potatoes

Alfajores

Alfajores.

Alfajores. Photo credit: shutterstock

Alfajores – Sweet corn-starch biscuits sandwiched together with dulce de leche

Mate

Traditional Mate Tea

Traditional Mate Tea

Mate is a bitter tea that is drunk very frequently in Argentina. It is a bitter infusion of the leaves of a South American shrub, prepared by steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water. It is drunk through a metal straw from a shared hollow calabash gourd.

Argentinian Wine

wine regions - Mendoza

Mendoza region vineyard. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Argentina is also well known for its wines. The most important wine regions of the country are located in the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan and La Rioja. Malbec is one of the country’s best known varieties and its signature red grape variety. Pinot Noir is Patagonia’s iconic grape variety.

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Author: Helen Dwyer

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