Chile stretches over half of South America, a total of 2,640 miles. The long Pacific coastline means that seafood is plentiful. The topography covers almost every possible option from desert, volcanoes, beaches, lakes, islands, and glaciers, and the cuisine in Chile is as varied as the landscapes. Try a few of these delicious Chilean foods during your vacation...
The Italiano: Ignore the name and enjoy a bite of this hot dog smothered in chopped tomato, mashed avocado and mayonnaise. Many swear by the Santiago fast food chain, Dominó. If you hold the avocado, you've got a "completo."
Sopapillas: Pumpkin and flour patties that are deep fried and slathered with pebre, onion, garlic, chili, coriander, and lemon. This cheap street food is perfect for satisfying late night munchies. If you've got a bit of a sweet tooth, try the sweet version served with sugary Chancaca sauce.
Empanadas: Popular throughout South America, empanadas are pastry-wrapped pies that are excellent for hungry on-the-go eaters. They come baked or fried, with a selection of fillings. Try the noteworthy empanadas at Los Hornos de Rio Seco in Cajón del Maipo's San Alfonso.
Cazuela de Ave: Perfect for the winter months, Cazuela is a rich, soupy casserole. Dunk your bread into the juicy goodness of pumpkin, potato, carrot, corn on the cob, and chicken.
Paila Marina: Every possible type of shellfish is thrown into this traditional seafood stew, in addition to herbs and spices. Seafood fans will delight in this fishy dish. Chile's southern coastal towns make some of the best paila marina around.
Pastel de Coclo: Minced meat, chicken, raisins, eggs, and black olives are combined in a pie dish that is topped with a layer of creamy mashed sweet corn and a sprinkle of sugar. While it may sound like a bizarre concoction, but Chileans can attest to how tasty it really is.
Chorillana: Servings of the greasy fries, fried strips of steak, onion, and scrambled egg usually come on a plate large enough for two. Yet it is so delicious that you will likely eat it all yourself.
Humitas with Chilena Salad: Made from fresh corn, onion, basil and butter wrapped in corn husks, Humitas are the most delicious during Chilean summer. They can be baked or boiled, and are served with a tomato and onion salad.
Porotos con Mazamorra: This inexpensive, warm stew is made from fresh beans, pumpkin, corn, onion, garlic, and cumin. It is a delicious meal that reminds you that you don't need to be rich to eat well.
Calzones Rotos: Ripped Knickers is a flat fried pastry that is twisted and topped with icing sugar. Anyone with a sweet tooth must try these silly named treats. Also try pastry sandwiches filled with gooey caramel known as alfajores.
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