Argentina Food Guide - 10 Recipes and 10 Snacks You Can Buy if You Don't Have Time to Cook

Argentina Food Guide - 10 Recipes and 10 Snacks You Can Buy if You Don't Have Time to Cook

Curious about Argentinian cuisine? They're known for eating a lot of meat. Below are 10 easy recipes to make homemade Argentinian cuisine at home, or, if you're not much of a cook or strapped for time, 10 snacks from Argentina that you can order online. 

Argentinian Food in a nutshell 

Full of different influences, Argentinian food is known for grilled meats, steaks, sausages are are often cooked and more traditionally in an open fire at a social event called an asado (like a bbq). Meat is often eaten with flavorful sauces and sweets like cookies. Vegan? Replace meat in any of the recipes below with meat substitutes like Beyond Meat. 

Curious? Cost and Time to Argentina from the U.S. 

Flying to Argentina, or anywhere in South America, from the US can often cost over $1000 and take 14-20 hours with a stop. I did a quick search from Los Angeles and these were the results. But fret not, you can explore Argentina through its cuisine with these dishes you can easily make at home. 

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Argentinian Recipes 

Empanadas

Argentinian Empanadas

The quintessential Argentinian snack! Pre-made pastry dough simplifies this recipe.  Fill them with ground beef seasoned with cumin and paprika, or try a vegetarian option with sauteed spinach and ricotta cheese. Bake until golden brown and enjoy them warm or at room temperature.

  1. Here's a great recipe from scratch from Tastes Better from Scratch
  2. Here's a vegetarian and vegan option from The Immigrant's Table

Image from Tastes Better from Scratch

No time to cook? Time saving solutions: 

  1. Buy Goya Empanada Dough, Argentinian Style from Amazon 
  2. Get this Empanada Making kit with a mold and cookbook from Amazon

 

Milanesa de Pollo (Chicken Milanesa)

Argentinian Chicken Milanesa with Bananas and Creamed Corn

A family favorite, milanesa is a crowd-pleaser.  Thinly pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, then dredge them in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs.  Shallow fry until crispy and golden, then serve with fries, rice, or a simple salad with chimichurri sauce.

Try this recipe from Piquant Post that uses a hard to find spice, Argentine Pampas

or this easy recipe that doesn't have any hard to find ingredients from Saveur. 

Image from Saveur

 

 

Provoleta (Grilled Provolone Cheese)

Authentic Argentinian Provoleta Recipe

This dish is all about melted goodness.  Slice provolone cheese thick and grill it on a cast iron skillet or grill pan until bubbly and slightly crispy. Drizzle with olive oil, oregano, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for a delicious appetizer.

Try this recipe from Travel Food Atlas

Image from Travel Food Atlas. 

 

Bife a la Choripan (Steak with Chorizo)

Bife a la Choripan Argentinian

Sort of like the Argentinian version of a hotdog. Choripan brings the smoky, savory flavors of Argentinian street food indoors.  Grill a skirt steak or flank steak to your desired doneness.  While the steak rests, grill some chorizo sausage.  Serve the steak sliced on a bed of chimichurri, with the grilled chorizo alongside. 

Watch this video from Taste the World on YouTube to see it in the wild (on the streets of Argentina). 

Try this easy recipe from Taste 

Image from Taste recipe

 

Fugazza (Argentinian Focaccia)

Fugazza (Argentinian Focaccia) Recipe

A delicious comfort food the whole family will love. Freshly baked bread never goes out of style.  Fugazza is similar to focaccia, but topped with olive oil, fresh rosemary, and flakes of flaky sea salt.  The dough is simple to make, and the result is a perfect accompaniment to any meal.

 

Try this traditional recipe from someone's grandma from Aldente Gourmet or this more modern take from Spruce Eats

Image from Spruce Eats

 

Revuelto Gramajo (Scrambled Eggs with Sausage and Potatoes)

Revuelto Gramajo (Scrambled Eggs Gramajo)

A hearty breakfast option or a quick and easy dinner, Revuelto Gramajo is a delicious scramble.  Saute diced chorizo sausage and diced potatoes until cooked through.  Then, scramble eggs with chopped onions and green peppers.  Combine everything and serve with crusty bread.

Try this recipe from CookMomma

Image from CookMomma. 

 

Dulce de Leche (Milk Caramel)  

Homemade dulce de leche

This magical spread elevates everything it touches.  While it can be time-consuming, making dulce de leche at home is surprisingly simple.  Slowly simmer a can of sweetened condensed milk in a water bath until thick and golden brown.  Use it to fill alfajores, top pancakes, or enjoy it by the spoonful.

Try this homemade recipe from Authentic Food Quest (YouTube video)

Image from Authentic Food Quest

 

 

Alfajores (Shortbread Cookies with Dulce de Leche)  

Alfajores – Dulce de leche sandwich cookies

No Argentinian food adventure is complete without alfajores.  These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are made with a simple shortbread dough, sandwiched together with a generous layer of dulce de leche.  Roll the edges in coconut flakes for an extra textural treat. 

Try this recipe from Broma Bakery

Image from Broma Bakery. 

 

Pasta Frola (Jam Tart)

pasta-frola-quince-pie-recipe

A delightful dessert option, pasta frola is a crumbly, buttery tart filled with thick fruit jam.  Any type of jam will work, but guava or membrillo (quince paste) are particularly popular choices in Argentina.

Try this recipe from El Mundo Eats

Image from El Mundo Eats. 

 

Fernet and Coke 

coke and fernet

This hangover cure, as some refer to it, only has two ingredients. 

Get the recipe from Food52. Image from Food52

 

So there you have it! With these easy Argentinian recipes, you can transform your kitchen into a little piece of Argentina.  

BUT WAIT! No time to cook? You can still get a taste of Argentina.

 

10 Argentinan Foods to Buy Online 

Dulce de Leche Argentina

Dulce de Leche Argentina DDL&CO Premium 15.87oz

A fancy package that would make a great gift, reviews say: " Ive tried many dulce de leches from Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina. This one is by far the best. The texture is amazing and the taste is even better. You can eat the whole container at once! Highly recommend" and "A bit pricey, but was well worth it to be able to be reminded of breakfast with my Abuela in Argentina from long ago." 

Buy Dulce de Leche Argentina DDL&CO Premium on Amazon

 

La Serenisima- Dulce de Leche

La Serenisima- Dulce de Leche

Don't be fooled by the old school packaging - if it's been around since 1929, they've been doing something right. The reviews on this say this is the real deal: "The product was manufactured close to my house in Argentina. I think is one of the best in the world." and "This is the best Dulce de leche in argentina and in Amazon" It also happens to be very affordable. This comes in a four pack and a single pack. 

Buy Doce De Leite on Amazon

 

Traditional Alfajores Argentinos 

Traditional Alfajores Argentinos

A fancy and beautiful gift to anyone that loves Alfajores (caramel with shortbread and in this case, coconut). Customers say: " I tried some of the traditional brands but all of them have hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup and other strange sounding ingredients, I am happy I found this brand." 

Buy Traditional Alfajores on Amazon 

Alfajor Jorgito 

Alfajor Jorgito filled with dulce de leche and covered with chocolate

 

 

This popular authentic snack is available for us to enjoy in America. The reviews say: " Jorgito has been my most consumed brand since I'm a toddler. They been around forever (I'm not sure how old is the company, but I been buying them for about 35 years now). Back in Argentina, they are one of the cheapest brands, BUT they are DELICIOUS!!!" and "These where well packed and they were fresh tasted like the one's I'm used to eating when I was visiting family awesome." 

Buy Alfajor Jorgito on Amazon

 

Arcor Turron & Mani 10 Wafers

Arcor Turron & Mani 10 Wafers

Made in Argentina, these wafers are filled with nougat and peanuts. 0% cholesterol and 0% trans fats. Here's what customers are saying: "Product arrived fast. Fresh taste. Delicious staple treat from argentina." and "Same flavor for decades. Love it" and "Muy buen servicio y rápida entrega como Argentino es un viaje a la argentina gracias por acercarme productos argentinos …" 

Buy Arcor Turron & Mani Wafers at Amazon

Don Satur Bizcochos Dulce 

Argentine sweet sponge cake/cookie

A traditional Argentine sweet sponge cake/cookie that is eaten with mate or coffee. Reviews say "I spent 15 years in Argentina and I got to love everything about the country including these ! The flavor is as fresh and delicious as I remember it. Great to eat as a snack, with "rondas de mate", and even a cup of coffee. I recommend and will definitely buy again." 

Buy Bizcochos Dulce at Amazon 

 

Dos Gauchos Argentine Steak Rub 

Argentinian Steak Rub

 

Not just for meat! Popular with turkeys and fish too. Support a small business with this rub. Aside from meats and burgers, customers say: " Great on fish. Salmon especially." and "I have bought this multiple times and is my favorite for beef. I have tied other chimichurri rubs and the one thing they have in common is getting thrown in the trash. This stuff is amazing on beef short ribs or ribs with some fresh made chimichurri." 

Buy Dos Gauchos on Amazon

Chocolinas Galletas De Chocolate

Chocolinas cookies

These mainstream and popular Argentine cookies are often used for cakes. Customers say:  I use chocolinas to make my chocotorta, a traditional argentinean dessert. Uso las chocolinas para hacer la chocotorta, una tradicion familiar. Se la devoran en un dia. Adoro las chocolinas." With a review like this, it must be authentic! 

Buy Chocolinas on Amazon

 

Bon o Bon - Wafer bonbons

Bon o Bon

Originally I wasn't going to include these because there were so many sweets on this list but the reviews were so good I had to. Customers are saying: " First tried these in Argentina and they were everywhere, and for good reason. Although I say it's like reeses it is not peanut butter it's more of a peanut cream? Just fluffier and less potent is the best I can describe it." 

Buy Bon o Bon on Amazon

Pero Bien Argentino Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate

Mate is one of the most popular drinks in Argentina. I'm not a huge tea person so I can't relate (coffee for life) but customers love this, saying: "Smooth, mild tasting, and effective. I definitely like this one. Good one for beginners as it’s not too harsh." 

Buy Yerba Mate on Amazon

 

 

¡Buen provecho! (Enjoy your meal!).

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