Chile Food and Drink

Since the country has the longest coastline in South America you will not be surprised to learn that seafood is plentiful but Chile food is far more diverse than just that. Like many places when you travel South America you will often find some of the fantastic flavours are accompanied by a nice bottle of red because the country is of course a well renowned producer of some of the world's finest wines as well. You will actually find that they have a number of similarities in this regard with their Argentinean neighbours. Here are the main things to watch out for.Since the country has the longest coastline in South America you will not be surprised to learn that seafood is plentiful but Chile food is far more diverse than just that. You will also often find some of the fantastic flavours are accompanied by a nice bottle of red because the country is of course a well renowned producer of some of the world’s finest wines as well. You will actually find that they have a number of similarities in this regard with their Argentinean neighbours. Here are the main things to watch out for.>

Drink

Before talking about Chile food I thought I would write a quick summary about the drinks that traditionally accompany them.



A Chilean vineyard
A picturesque Chilean Vineyard

Wine

There are over 20 grape varieties in Chile and so it is a fantastic base from which to produce some of the world's finest wines. The most popular exports are generally Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot wines and generally Chilean red is what the country is best renowned for but there are some very good white wines grown in the cooler regions. Staggeringly the country actually exports around 70% of the wine it produces and prices are not a lot cheaper than a bottle you would buy in your own local supermarket but the fantastic wines on offer make Chile worth a trip alone.

The waves are pretty good all year round but the best time of year to come is between December and May and indeed there is an international surf competition staged here each February during Carnival. But the beaches can cater for people of all levels and if you want to try your hand then there is plenty of opportunity to hire a board or get some lessons while your there.

Pisco Sour

Pisco sour is a hugely popular drink in most places when you travel South America but the Chileans are particularly mad for it. Generally it is served with lemon and sugar and topped with a froth usually made by whisked egg whites. It is usually offered in restaurants at the end of a meal or can be enjoyed as a cocktail in many bars. But this is a really tasty drink and no trip to the continent would be complete without drinking it.

Food

Seafood

Seafood is very much the staple of traditional Chile food but to enjoy the best variety you should go west of Santiago out to the markets on the coast where everything is really fresh. Ceviche is a hugely popular dish everywhere when you travel South America and in Chile that is no different.

Bistec a lo Pobre

This is a very typical Chilean fast food dish which is popular all over the country. The main elements are fried steak, potatoes, onions and fried egg. It's not a dish for the person with high cholesterol but it is certainly a guilty pleasure when you visit Chile.

Pastel de Choclo

Pastel de choclo is a really popular Chile food although it is not too unlike an English shepherd's pie. However, instead of potato the dish is topped with ground corn and made up of either mince or pieces of chicken and accompanied by onions, olive raisins and a hard boiled egg.

Empanadas



Some classic Chilean empanadas with a bottle of red
Some classic Chilean empanadas with a bottle of red

Empanadas are found in pretty much everywhere when you travel South America but you will find that each country will place its own identity on them. The traditional filling of an empanadas in Chile is quite an unusual mixture called "pino". This consists of ground beef, onions, raisins, black olives, and hard boiled eggs. It is not for everybody but the Chileans love it and you are unlikely to go through a trip to the country without trying this Chile food at some point along the way.

Return from Chile Food to Adventure Travel South America Home Page