Argentine Food: 5 Fast Facts

Interested in learning more about Argentine food? These are the cliff notes to Argentina’s wonderful cuisine – start by learning these five facts, then graduate to cooking the recipes for your loved ones. Delicious fun awaits!

1. The people of Argentina love all things beef.

Far from extravagant, Argentine food has a homey, natural flair. You’re as likely to find beef inside your meal (as when ground, seasoned beef goes inside an empanada) as you are outside of it (as with matambre when large steaks are stuffed with ham and veggies).

Try making your own empanada today.

2. Argentine food brings people together

Whether you’re making homemade empanadas or a DIY roasted acorn squash salad, Argentine food gets people together in the kitchen (or around the campfire) for a memorable time. Everyone’s hands can – and should – get messy. That’s part of the fun!

Learn how to make a DIY Acorn Squash Salad today.

Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Arugula and Chevre | Argentina

3. Potatoes and corn are everywhere.

You’ll almost always find potatoes and corn in Argentine soups and sides – and for good reason: corn and potatoes having been growing in Argentina for thousands of years. These native American crops go really well with cheese and can often be found all together in casseroles like this pastel de papa con elote. The buttery corn topping makes this Argentine food a Thanksgiving favorite in my house.

Try your own Potato and Corn Casserole

4. Argentina loves dulce de leche.

Whether it’s on crepes or smeared between two cookies, Argentinians are sure to enjoy dulce de leche when it’s time for a sweet nibble. All you need to do is cook up a can of sweetened condensed milk to make it. Just be sure to poke holes in the top and use a water bath so the can doesn’t explode.

Then try – just try – to keep your little ones from this caramelized milk spread long enough for it to cool off.

Try making your own dulce de leche today.

5. Argentinian cooking shares favorites with other South American countries.

Argentina is one of the larger countries in South America, taking up most of the bottom half of the continent next to Chile. As a result there’s a certain amount of culinary overlap. Certain treats, like alfajores can be found throughout South America. And for good reason. They’re buttery, sweet, and loaded up with thick dulce de leche. It’s a win-win. Alfajores are great with a cup of strong coffee.

Bake your own alfajores today.


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Sasha Martin is a National Geographic author and founder of the blog Global Table Adventure. Her mission is to help people spice up dinnertime and cultivate peace in their lives. Readers can enjoy 650+ recipes from every country on her blog - many of which are easy enough for a weeknight and elegant enough for the weekend. She also shares a message of hope and belonging in her debut book, Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness. Her work has been featured in Food & Wine, NPR, People Magazine, Good Housekeeping, O Magazine, and Women's Day. Today Global Table Adventure is a go-to hub for international foodies.

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