Favourite Chilean Food

So, this will probably differ from most people’s lists about their favourite Chilean foods.  You could usually expect to see lists that are made up of meat on the BBQ, completos (hotdogs with avocado, tomatoes, mayo, ketchup and mustard – I made the veggie version here) and a range of different sandwiches with the main ingredient being… meat!  But, I don’t eat meat so this is a bit of an alternative list!

Last week I wrote about the foods that I will miss from the UK, and today is the day where I have thought about the foods that I really can’t wait to eat in Chile!

Avocado

Let’s start with the best, the very best!  I’ve said this before, but it can’t be emphasised how important avocados are to every Chilean.  Avocados are a daily staple that can be found in every Chilean’s home.  When you go into the supermarket you will find a huge, HUGE selection of avocados; different types and also different levels of readiness so people often buy avocados that are ready for now and also the cheaper option of the ones that you will need to ripen at home.  Avocado is eaten on bread for breakfast, in sandwiches, in salads, with meat – just about all the time!  And what’s better than a really, really fresh avocado?  Carlos’ sister’s garden has a few avocado trees so non-stop avocados in season; here is me with them!DSC_0619DSC_0618

Bread

But they have bread everywhere, right?  Bread, like avocado, is a huge deal in Chile.  In fact, Chile is the country that almost consumes the most bread in the world (after Germany).  It’s more likely that Chileans buy bread rolls rather than loaves of bread, and bread is bought most days rather than as part of a weekly shop.  Bakeries are seen often and the smell wafts across the streets.  Chilean bread is so good, especially if you manage to buy it when it has just been baked and it really isn’t unusual to see people carrying between 20-30 bread rolls home at a time.  Carlos said that would last a family until tomorrow!DSC_0479

Seafood

With such a long coastline, seafood is easily available, both fresh and tinned.  If you go to the beach, most places will be selling seafood stuffed empanadas, ceviche or anything seafood related!  I hadn’t eaten a huge variety of seafood before Chile apart from prawns and mussels, I was much more likely to eat fish.  But I’ll never forget the first empanada I had with ostiones and cheese, it was so good!  I also like to buy seafood for the BBQ and put cheese inside just as the shell opens!DSC_0013DSC_0562 DSC_0563

Maracuja sour 

A list of food can include a drink, right?  Pisco is the national spirit in Chile and one that is drunk often!  It’s most commonly drunk with coke or made into a pisco sour – a blend of pisco, lemon and egg white (don’t worry – there is no egg taste, it just creates the froth!)  Anyway, you can also use it to just about make any type of fruit into a sour – mango sour, chirimoya sour, and the best of all – maracuja sour – passion fruit sour!  Best made with fresh passion fruit.  The perfect blend of sharp and sweet and one that my sister in laws have perfected!DSC02533

Tomatoes

Maybe a weird one because of course we have tomatoes in the UK too!  But Chilean tomatoes are oh so fresh, they are extra juicy and red and make the best salads you could imagine.  ‘Ensalada Chilena’ is made up of just tomatoes and onions, sounds simple but with tomatoes this good, it tastes divine!  Also perfect when eaten with avocado, obviously!DSC_0029

That leaves me to also say that this Friday is a very special day, and in fact whole weekend, for Chileans – a day that is celebrated to remember the beginning of the Chilean independence process. Feliz 18!!

And lastly, here’s a BBQ shot to fit with the more typical Chilean food ;):

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Which of these foods do you like the sound of?

Marcella xx

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41 thoughts on “Favourite Chilean Food

  1. What a great post, we are headed to Chile in December and cannot wait to try all of your suggestions. I had no idea they consumed so much bread there! I love seafood and I am sure it is very fresh there, can’t wait to bite into one of those empanadas! Also I am intrigued with the Maracuja sour and can’t wait to try! Thanks for all of the tips.

  2. Yum! I love avocados so that would be my pick, but it all sounds good. I totally get what you mean about the tomatoes tasting different in different locations. I don’t think I’ve had any drinks with pisco though. Do you plan to share some recipes once you’re settled in? 🙂

    • It’s so funny because after I wrote the post, Carlos was saying that he thought the tomatoes in the UK were really good – guess it’s different tastes 😉 I will definitely do some more recipe posts, I have a few already on here from Chile so feel free to check them out! Pisco is really hard to find, apart from in Chile and Peru. I know a few bars here that serve it, but you can’t actually buy the bottle which is a shame!

  3. You’re making me huuuuungry 😉 So one thing is clear: I think I would get along just fine in Chile based on the foods/drinks you’ve listed here. And those avocados truly look out of this world! Good idea to make this list now, so if you ever feel like you’re missing UK food in the future, you can just re-read this and get inspired again! really miss American (or just really any other country’s bread) compared to CZ bread… it’s probably my #1 food dislike here 😦

  4. That all sounds amazing, especially the seafood empanadas. Spaniards love their bread too, and I’ve gotten used to eating almost everyday. Prior to living here, I rarely at bread, and when I did, it was usually the pre-sliced kind.

  5. God I love a good food post! But I have to say, those avocados look very different than the ones I’m used to seeing! Very cool though, I love trying new foods and “traditional” foods of the countries I visit!

  6. Avocados and barbecued seafood? I think I’m already in love with Chilean food! Tell me they have spicy wines as good as an Argentinian Malbec and I’ll be on the next plane 😀

  7. We loved the pisco sours, a fantastic drink on a hot day. You have to explore Chilean wine when you are there. They make some fantastic wines. Chilean carmenaire is world famous. It was a french grape that was though to have been wiped out due to an outbreak of disease in France that destroyed all of their vines. In the 1990’s a french wine expert “discovered” it was alive and well in Chile. Some of their wineries are fantastic tourist destinations (you just need to make a booking.)

    • Pisco sour is great on a hot day! I’ve tried a lot of Chilean wine in Chile, every Sunday lunch for a year 😉 haha. But I prefer cocktails to wine so I think that’s why I love all the pisco sours. I’ll be going on a winery tour very soon when my family and friends come to Chile for our wedding – really excited as it looks like a great experience!

  8. Yummyyy!! I still haven’t been to Chile even though I come from Brazil, but it seems to me I won’t have a problem finding something great to eat 😀
    Speaking of avocado it reminds that in Brazil I used to have avocado smoothie. I love that! It has been such a long time since I last had one!

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