South American / Andean



Adapted from Bon Apetit, ~4 servings

Leche De Tigre

  • ⅔ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ ají limo or habanero chile, seeded, halved lengthwise

  • ½ small red onion, chopped

  • ½ cup bottled clam juice (optional)
  • Kosher salt

Purée first 4 ingredients and 4 large ice cubes in a blender until smooth. Add onion; pulse 3–4 times. Strain liquid into a medium bowl. Stir in clam juice, if desired; season with salt. Cover and chill.

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Torta Rojel

Argentine Chimichurri

Oh, how I learned to love a steak while honeymooning in Argentina.
Chimichurri, you are the secret.
So delicious.
And delightful.
You have brought me to the land of grilled meats.
And my grill-master husband thanks you.
Forever, and beyond.

Head of garlic (~ 10 cloves)
1/2 medium or whole small onion, chopped
1/3 cup roughly chopped red bell pepper
1/2 bunch parsley, leaves and tender stems only, roughly chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1 large bay leaf, crumbled
1/2 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper

Delectable Chimichurri
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Silver Spring, MD
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39° 0' 1.6524" N, 76° 59' 45.384" W

I love Samantha's - great service, great (and cheap!) food, and powerful margaritas. Whether you're just getting some pupusas or coming for a full meal of south-of-the-border goodness, Samantha's is a fabulous restaurant. Aim for more Central-American dishes.

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Gallo Pinto

Gallo Pinto is a stable Nicaraguan dish of rice and beans. It goes great with carne asada for dinner, or with fried plantains and cheese for a hearty breakfast.

Makes a lot. Halve for a more reasonable yield.

  • 2 cups small "centroamerica" red beans.
  • 1 small or medium onion
  • 3 cups (700 ml) chicken broth (could sub in vegetable broth to make it vegetarian)
  • 2 cups (350 ml) precocido / parbroiled white rice
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) vegetable oil 1-3 Tablespoon oil to fry the Gallo Pinto
Gallo Pinto
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Venezuelan Chicken caldo

Turkey Carcass Soup V.2 - Venezuelan "Chicken" caldo

I was making turkey carcass soup ( and it ran away from me into a soup styled after the fantastic caldos de pollo I had in Merida, Venezuela. Here's a discussion of Spanish Caldos. Venezuela is not big on spicy foods, so I concentrated on savory spicing and the broth itself.

1 liter turkey broth/soup with ~ 1 cup of turkey meat. It's best if there's still some turkey fat included.
1 can diced tomato

Venezuelan Caldo
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The Arepa is the Venezuelan staple, and their version of meat-in-bread. They're very filling, if hard to get the flour for. Online, Amigo Foods offers it (Harina P.A.N.), and often you can find it at more Latin-oriented groceries (Austin: Fiesta almost always has it. In DC, I've found it at La Casa Latina on Georgia near Piney Branch and at Caribbean Market II on New Hampshire near Takoma Park)

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SALVADORAN PUPUSAS By Graciela Fortin-Magana

Preparing the dough
There are different brands of tortilla flour to make the dough. MASECA, which can be found in most large supermarkets in the international section, is one of them but there are others. Follow the instructions on the bag and make as much dough as needed. Once the dough has been prepared set it aside while you prepare the filling.

Three Fillings
3 cups of shredded cheese (use hard and cream cheese mixed together; you can mix frying cheese, mozzarella and ricotta)
3 or 4 tablespoons of heavy cream

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