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A Foodie’s Guide: Must-Try Famous Foods in Chile

April 22, 2019 3 min read

If you happen to be traveling to Chile, be sure to stop at a local restaurant to try Chilean cuisine. Similar to Peruvian dishes, Chilean cuisine has some of the same ingredients in their dishes as Peruvian Cuisine. While the dishes may have similar ingredients, Chile has its own traditional dishes that separate it from neighboring countries. In this foodie’s guide, I’ll be sharing some of the famous foods in Chile.

From Empanadas de Pino to Mote de Huesillo, here is a list of must-try famous foods in Chile. For an in-depth guide on the restaurant itself, this guide will help.

Must-Try Famous Foods in Chile

Famous Foods in Chile

1. Pastel de Choclo

This Chilean dish is absolutely one of my favorites and hard to find! While in Chile, I couldn’t find a restaurant that sold a good Pastel de Choclo, until I made my way to Antulican in el Pueblo artisanal de los Dominicos (AKA Dominicos Park).

A nice Chilean man had told me that the reason it was so hard to find was due to the season. However, I was able to find it and it tasted amazing!

Pastel de Choclo is a corn casserole stuffed with beef and chicken. There are also a few made with beef, but the typical dish has beef and chicken. The flavor of this whole dish is sweet and salty. The sweetness comes from the corn, while the salt comes from the beef and chicken. It’s a very flavorful dish that also includes raisins, black olives, onions, and/or slices of hard-boiled egg.

Food in Chile
Food in Chile

2. Mote de Huesillo

While this is a dessert drink, Mote de Huesillo is a non-alcoholic drink that consists of a nectar-like liquid made with dried peaches cooked in sugar, water, and cinnamon. This is then mixed in with cooked husked wheat.

This drink is often sold in street stands or vendor carts and is usually seen in summertime. It still wasn’t summer when I went, so this was also a hard find, but I did end up finding it in the Dominicos Park. 

Food in Chile

3. Empanada de Pino

Empanadas are a well-known pastry in South America, but each country has a different way of making them. Chile has a variety, but one of the most popular is the Empanada de Pino (a beef empanada).

What makes this empanada so different from others is the way that it is wrapped, which is more of a square shape than the usual round. The taste is also different since they add onions to the beef, broth, paprika, and cumin.

I was able to try a delicious Pino empanada from a corner store that sold a variety of empanadas.

Food in Chile

4. Carne Mechada con Pure a la Chilena

If you want typical Chilean food, Liguria is the perfect restaurant to visit. It was recommended to me by a local. He had mentioned that many locals would know of this place and sure enough, he was right. 

When I arrived in Liguria, I decided to have the Carne Mechada with Pure a la Chilena, which is pot roast and mashed potatoes. Sounds very American right? But the way they make their pot roast is much different than how we make it. In Chile (specifically Liguria restaurant), makes it with a tomato sauce that makes this dish delicious and some other seasonings. As for the mashed potatoes, it was completely different from what I’ve ever tried. It was so good, I couldn’t stop eating…I can’t tell what the mashed potatoes had in them, but it tasted a lot like cheese, sauteed onions, and some other seasonings I can’t pinpoint. 

Food in Chile

5. Lomito Palta Sandwich

This may be in other countries, but I’ve only ever tried Lomito Palta in Chile. Lomito Palta is a sandwich with avocados, lettuce, tomato, beef tenderloin, onion, and mayonnaise. 

I had my sandwich at Tip y Tap, which is a nice place to have lunch. Also, the sandwiches here are enormous, which forced me to take my other half of the sandwich back to the hotel. 

There are plenty of must-try famous foods in Chile and even though the list of traditional dishes is small, I’m glad I got to try the food and get to know Chile through its flavors and creations. 

What about you? Have you tried any delicious Chilean food? 

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Hola! I'm Hanny and I have been traveling since the age of three. Although, I grew up traveling, it wasn't until 2013, when I decided to start a blog. Read More

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