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Traditional Food In Argentina: The Top 10 Dishes For Foodies - Updated 2020

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There are all kinds of travelers. Those who seek adventure, others who love sightseeing. And then there are the foodies! Foodie travelers, incited from their taste buds, choose to explore the culture of each country through their traditional flavors. This time, our palate will travel all the way into the secrets of Argentinian cuisine. Inspired by European cuisine, with Spanish, Italian and French influences, Argentinian food has a distinctive Mediterranean flavor. Particularly known as a meat and especially beef country, Argentina serves a variety of carnivore recipes. Succulent meats, hearty stews, spicy sausages, drool-worthy desserts, and a blooming street food scene, are just a sample of what you should expect. Hungry already? These are the top 10 traditional food that you should definitely not miss once in Argentina!

1. Locro – traditional Argentinian stew (from USD 94)

Traditionally served to commemorate Argentina’s May Revolution on May 25 but also as a cure for the cold winters, locro is considered a national dish. It’s about a thick, hearty soup made from a combination of corn, beans, potatoes and/or squash and some form of meat, seasoned with cumin and bay leaf. Usually, it’s served with a splash of chimichurri, a typical hot sauce made from paprika, onions, chili, garlic, parsley and other herbs smothered in olive oil.

El Sanjuanino

Address: Calle Posadas 1515, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Website: El Sanjuanino

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2. Asado & parrillas – traditional Argentinian barbecue

Asado & parrillas
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Asado isn’t really the name of a particular dish but it’s mostly used to describe the traditional event of the Argentinian barbecue, largely common between families and friends in the weekends. It’s also used to describe the method of grilling. Asado’s meat parade consists of heaping platters with appetizers, chorizo and morcilla (Argentinian sausages) and meat galore, placed on parrillas (Argentinian word for a grill) and cooked low and slow until they fall apart into delicious tenderness.

Don Julio

Address: Calle Guatemala 4699, Palermo Viejo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Website: Don Julio

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3. Empanadas - fried or baked dough stuffed with meat (from USD 69)

Empanadas
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Jam-packed with flavors, these stuffed dough pockets are a must if you want to take a bite from Argentina’s street food culture. The most common filling is, of course, minced or sliced-by-hand beef, seasoned with cumin and onion. Other varieties may come stuffed with chicken, sweet corn, cheese and ham or veggies.

La Cocina

Address: Avenida Pueyrredon 1508, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Webpage: La Cocina

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4. Choripan – chorizo sandwich

Choripan

This is the Argentinian hot-dog. Named out of its ingredients which are chorizo and pan (bread), Choripan is one more proud example of Argentina’s street food scene. Cheap and delicious regardless its simplicity, it’s topped with fresh and spicy chimichurri.

Chori

Address: Calle Thames 1653, Thames Y Pasaje Santa Rosa, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Webpage: Chori

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5. Dulce de leche - sweetened milk (from USD 76)

Don’t you feel like you need something sweet now? Dulce de Leche is nothing more than sweetened milk cooked in low heat until it’s caramelized. For Argentinians, it is the go-to ingredient to top, fill or accompany almost any other kind of dessert. But with no arguments, the most popular use of this sweet and sticky confection, is the South American version of the Italian gelato, the so-called, Dulce de Leche Helado. Creamy, smooth with rich caramel flavor and aroma, exactly what you need to wash down all the above finger-licking meat dishes.

Heladeria Cadore

Address: Avenida Corrientes 1695, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Website: Heladeria Cadore

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6. Fainâ - Argentinian pizza

Argentinian Pizza
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Highly influenced by their Neapolitan cousins, Argentinian’s love pizza and they serve the cheesiest in the world! They follow three simple rules. Thick crust, light sauce and loads of cheese, dripping down the side of each slice. Toppings include green olives, oregano, and dried chili flakes. If you want to eat your pizza like a local, then order a slice of fainâ to go with it. Fainâ is a crunchy, thin flatbread and it’s made from chickpea flour. Served in slices, its purpose is to be set on top of the pizza as a crunchy top layer. Doubles as an edible tissue to absorb the fat drippings from the extra cheese.

Los Inmortales

Address: Avenida Corrientes 1369, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Website: Los Inmortales

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7. Milanesa – Argentinian schnitzel

Milanesa

Known to the rest of the world as escalope or schnitzel, milanesa is another Argentinian dish with Italian influence, often served for lunch. Made from pounded beef or chicken, covered with breadcrumbs, you can try it fried or baked. The variety of toppings is what makes this dish special, ranging between fried eggs, cheese, ham and tomato sauce, served with fries and/or salad.

La Pulperia del Cotorro

Address: Pepiri 400, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Webpage: La Pulperia del Cotorro

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8. Provoleta - grilled cheese

Provoleta

If you are a cheese lover, then you definitely have to try Provoleta. It’s simply a thick, round slice of provolone cheese put straight on the grill in a skillet until it turns into a gooey goodness with a slightly crisp and browned top on the outside. Drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with oregano and red crushed pepper is usually served as an appetizer to an Argentinian asado.

Minga

Address: Costa Rica 4528, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Webpage: Minga

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9. Humita en chala - a flavorsome corn snack

Humita

Similar to the Mexican Tamales, Humita is the ultimate celebration of corn. Made of creamed corn, onion, spices, and goat cheese, wrapped in corn’s husks (chala), and then steamed or boiled, Humita serves both as a savory snack or a main dish.

1810 Cocina Regional

Address: Mendoza 2312, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Website: 1810 Cocina Regional

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10. Medialunas - Argentinian croissant

Medialunas

Literally translated as half moons, Medialunas are of course influenced by the well-known French croissant we all love, yet they are more, dense and gooey. Medialunas are either, grasas (salty) or manteca (slightly sweet) and they’re usually served for breakfast or as a condiment alongside coffee in bakeries and coffee shops.

Dos Esqudos

Address: Montevideo 1690, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Website: Dos Esqudos

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Take a bite from everything

Diet isn’t a thing you should worry about while exploring Argentina’s traditional food. From the hearty asado gatherings and the gooey provoleta to the sweet perfection of medialunas and dulce de leche, it’s a mouth-melting experience you should not miss.

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