Venezuelan Dishes

7 Venezuelan Dishes You Have To Try

Venezuelan dishes are among the tastiest in the world so we wanted to share the best culinary treats with you. With a wide range of cooking styles and culinary influences from Europe and North Africa, you are in for a real treat as you recreate these classics. Food staples include corn, rice, plantains, yams, beans and several meats, while exotic fruit is also featured a lot.

You might not be able to travel there right now, but we wanted to highlight some of the best recipes from the region. These recipes come from the very best food bloggers in the world, so make sure to bookmark their sites.

The food is wholesome and best served as sharing plates so make sure to round up some friends or family. It is time to get into the kitchen and cook up these Venezuelan dishes!

The Best Venezuelan Dishes

1. Hallacas

Hallacas are the traditional Venezuelan tamales. They feature a thin layer of corn dough stuffed with a meat filling made with beef, pork, and chicken and topped with several ingredients, such as onion rings, bell pepper, raisins, olives, etc. Then wrap in plantain leaves, tied and boiled.

Recipe created by Oriana.

2. Venezuelan-Style Black Beans

These saucy, savoury Venezuelan-style black beans are a wonderful side dish with rice, chicken or whatever you’re serving.

Recipe created by Sarah.

3. Guasacaca

This sauce is like the Venezuelan love child of chimichurri and guacamole and goes perfect with brunch items. Ideal with fried eggs and bacon and some bread for dipping.

Recipe created by Annie.

4. Pork Arepas

With tender pulled pork, a crispy cornmeal patty, and your toppings of choice this is a dish made for sharing. Every single mouthful is divine.

Recipe created by Jessie.

5. Pasticho

This Venezuelan lasagna (Pasticho) is creamy, cheesy, and surely takes inspiration from the  Italian version. A unique taste you will quickly love.

Recipe created by Igor.

Venezuelan Dishes

6. Mechada

This Venezuelan shredded beef (carne mechada) is ready in no time by using an instant pot pressure cooker. The perfect quick weeknight dinner idea that is bursting with flavour.

Recipe created by Tiffany.

Venezuelan Dishes

7. Pastelitos Andinos

These are essentially the Venezuelan version of a meat empanada. They call them “pastelitos andinos” because they are from a region in Venezuela called “Los Andes”.

Recipe created by Maria.

Venezuelan Dishes

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Big 7 Travel Team