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South America is home to some of the most unique, awe-inspiring travel opportunities, natural phenomena and historical sites in the world. Travelling South America is an unbelievable experience with incredible culture and, of course, food!

South American food is some of the most delicious, unique, interesting and tasty in the world. But there are also some very weird and unusual recipes to try from South America too!

Venezuelan Carne Mechada Recipe

Carne mechada, also known as Venezuelan shredded beef, is a traditional Venezuelan dish prepared using pulled beef. It is typically accompanied by rice and served as a main meal. It is also used as a stuffing for arepas, sandwiches and empanadas. Other ingredients added to Carne Mechada include onions, sweet red bell peppers and cumin. …

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Guyanese Food: 10 Must-Try Traditional Dishes of Guyana

Guyana is a country located on the northern mainland of South America. The name ‘Guyana’ means Land of Many Waters owing to the country’s many rivers and streams. Guyana is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Brazil, Venezuela and Suriname. Guyana is perhaps best known for its natural resources, particularly its rainforests, sugarcane plantations, rice fields …

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Colombian Ajiaco Recipe (Chicken & Potato Soup)

Ajiaco is a traditional, hearty Colombian soup prepared using chicken, potatoes and corn on the cob. It is seasoned with a Colombian herb known as guascas, and the dish is then topped with capers, avocado slices and cream. It is particularly popular in the capital city of Bogota. As well as Columbia, ajiaco is also …

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Paraguayan Soyo Recipe

Soyo is a traditional Paraguayan soup prepared using meat that is pounded in a mortar. It is then flavored with several spices and vegetables. Other ingredients added include cold water, rice, garlic, aromatic herbs, oil, onion, sweet red pepper, tomato, scallion, some flour, salt, oregano and parsley. Rich in calories, this hearty soup is generally …

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Peruvian Papa a la Huancaína Recipe

Papa a la Huancaína is a Peruvian dish made from boiled potatoes topped with a spicy creamy sauce, boiled eggs and olives. Its name translates to ‘Huancayo style potatoes’. It is usually served cold as an appetizer over a bed of lettuce leaves, or as a side dish.  The Huancaína sauce is made from ají …

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Puchero Recipe

Puchero is a kind of Spanish-originating stew consisting of a wide range of vegetables, the exact ingredients of which vary by region. The dish is also very popular in Yucatán, Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, the Philippines, and the independent communities of Andalusia and the Canary Islands. Puchero is basically similar to the Spanish cocido but …

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Bolivian Papitas Recipe

Papitas are a Bolivian delicacy consisting of quinoa stuffed with tuna. To make papitas, quinoa grains are cooked until soft. It’s then combined with bread which has been soaked in milk and eggs. They are mixed into a paste and formed into balls. The balls are stuffed with a tuna mixture, flattened slightly and fried. …

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Peruvian Causa Rellena Recipe

Causa Rellena is a unique Peruvian appetizer consisting of potatoes, protein and avocados presented as a small layered cake. First, yellow potatoes are boiled, flavored and mashed and then the protein, which is usually tuna or chicken, is mixed with mayonnaise, herbs and spices. The avocado is sliced thinly and the mashed potatoes are pressed …

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Traditional Pepito Recipe

Pepito is a traditional Spanish sandwich made using beef, pork or chicken. It is also widely consumed throughout Latin America, in particular Venezuela where it is a popular street food and Mexico. Additional primary ingredients used to prepare this sandwich include refried beans, black beans or pinto beans. The bread can be a soft roll, …

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Paraguayan Chipa Argolla Recipe

Chipa Argolla is a traditional Paraguayan anise and cheese bread made from a combination of cornmeal and cassava flour. Other dough ingredients include milk, eggs, butter, cheese and anise. The dough is rolled out into small logs then the ends are pressed together creating its signature circular appearance. It is the baked until it is …

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Colombian Cazuela de Mariscos Recipe

Cazuela de Mariscos is a Colombian seafood soup consisting of coconut milk, white wine, vegetables and a variety of seafood such as shrimp, clams, white fish, squid, snail and lobster. The dishes’ bright orange color comes from tomatoes and its creaminess from the coconut milk which also makes the soup subtly sweet. A cazuela is a …

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Authentic Argentinian Provoleta Recipe

Provoleta is an Argentinian dish of melted provoleta cheese, heated up until it is slightly browned and melting, then served hot. Traditionally, the provoleta cheese was placed directly on the grill, giving it a smokier flavor than if it were heated up in a pot. It is served as the appetizer in a multi course …

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South American Asado BBQ Recipe

Asado is the name given to barbeques in South America, which are traditional social gatherings in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. They tend to be held at weekends and can last for hours, with guests enjoying the social aspect as much as the food. Origin & Cultural Significance This cooking style was made popular by …

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