Foods of Chile

Chile offers a diverse culinary landscape influenced by its geography and its combination of Italian and Spanish cultural heritage. Incorporating indigenous ingredients and these Mediterranean influences, Chile provides a unique and diverse gastronomic experience.

  • Empanadas | Photo: Adobe Stock


    Particularly popular are empanadas de pino, which are pastry filled with a mixture of minced meat, onions, raisins, black olives, and hard-boiled eggs.

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  • Curanto | Photo: Adobe Stock


    This traditional dish from Chiloé Island involves seafood, meat, potatoes, and vegetables cooked together in a hole in the ground, covered with leaves. It reflects the indigenous cooking methods.

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  • Pastel de Choclo | Photo: Adobe Stock

    Pastel de Choclo

    A corn pie made with a layer of ground meat (usually beef), chicken, and onions. It's topped with a mixture of sweet corn and basil, then baked.

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  • Cazuela | Photo: Adobe Stock


    A hearty stew that can be made with beef, chicken, or lamb, combined with potatoes, corn, pumpkin, and various spices, making it a comforting dish especially in the winter.

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  • Completo | Photo: Adobe Stock


    The Chilean version of a hot dog, but with a twist. It's typically loaded with ingredients such as mashed avocado, mayonnaise, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut, and chili.

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  • Chilean Sea Bass | Photo: Adobe Stock

    Chilean Sea Bass
    (also known as Patagonian Toothfish)

    A popular fish dish in Chile, often prepared grilled or baked, and enjoyed for its rich, buttery flavor.

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  • Porotos Granados | Photo: Adobe Stock

    Porotos Granados

    A traditional Chilean dish made with cranberry beans, corn, squash, and basil, reflecting the agricultural produce of the country.

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  • Sopaipillas | Photo: Adobe Stock


    A popular street food, these are pumpkin-infused fried breads that can be eaten sweet, with powdered sugar or a syrup called chancaca, or savory, with mustard or pebre, a Chilean condiment made from coriander, chopped onion, olive oil, garlic, and chili peppers.

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  • Manjar | Photo: Adobe Stock


    Known in other countries as dulce de leche, this sweet, caramel-like spread is a favorite in Chile and can be found in a variety of desserts and pastries.

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  • Pisco Sour | Photo: Adobe Stock

    Pisco Sour

    OK, it’s technically a drink and not a food, but no list of Chilean favorites would be complete without mentioning Pisco Sour, a cocktail made with pisco (a grape brandy), lemon juice, egg white, and sugar, enjoyed across the country.

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