Chilean food is as rich and diverse as its landscape. Whether you’re on a city break in Santiago or trekking through the Chilean Patagonia, you’ll find that local dishes and traditional Chilean food is full of flavour and character.
The indigenous cuisine combined with centuries of Spanish influence has come together to create a unique table for anyone visiting Chile.
The Must-Try Traditional Chilean Food
Found on practically every street corner is this Chilean spin on a hotdog. Completos, (Spanish for “complete” or “total”) are huge, fully loaded hotdogs covered with mayo, tomato, onion, pickles and sauerkraut.
2. Chilean Empanadas
These Patagonian sized turnovers are well worth a try when visiting Chile. Chilean empanadas are much bigger than traditional ones are halfmoon and past square-shaped. Be sure to try the seafood stuff empanadas. You won’t regret it.
3. Pastel de Choclo
Corn and beef casserole in English, this Chilean dish is a Santiago favourite. This yummy casserole is packed with minced meat, garlic and corn. Can be found in practically any food market and is known for its sweet but garlicky flavour.
This hearty Chilean sandwich is made with churrasco style steak and topped with tomatoes, green beans and chilli pepper. Arguably Chile’s most popular sandwich, it’s definitely worth a try when visiting.
5. Chilean Sopaipillas
Sopaipillas (or sopaipas) vary slightly throughout Latin America. Ground pumpkin is what sets apart the Chilean version. Enjoy them savoury with onions and garlic or sweet with hot syrup. Whether you’re looking for a tasty side dish or a sweet dessert, Chilean sopaipillas are a great choice.
Native to Northern Chile, this corn stew is a must-try. Its ancient roots make for a memorable dish any time of day. Traditionally made with corn, potatoes, onions, pork and beef, it’s a savoury and filling dish that can be a main course or a side.
Last but not least is cochayuyo. This kelp dish is a real treat for foodies. Cochayuyo is briny seaweed that is typically sold in dry bundles at farmers markets. Allow it to soak and then spritz it with lemon for punch of flavour.