Authentic Foods & Drinks in Chile
Chile Food & Drink
Chile stretches over a variety of landscapes, and has a large range of food and drink. It’s extensive coastline makes seafood one of the highlights of Chilean cuisine. Choose from fresh shellfish, salmon, oysters, scallops, and more. If you have a sweet tooth try pastel de choclo, a typical South American dish based on sweetcorn. If you’d rather have something a little saltier, opt for some savory empanadas and sopaipillas - a delicious fried pastry made with pumpkin. Chile is just into their empanadas, as Argentina is. For meat lovers, lomito, a pork steak, is a crowd pleaser as well as the spicy chorizo con pan.
Enhance any meal with Chilean wine. Chile’s wine region produces world-class wine, a perfect complement to any Chilean cuisine. Choose a Cabernet Sauvignon, or a Carmenere from the Colchagua Valley, known for its fertile red varieties. If you prefer white wine, make sure to try a Sauvignon Blanc from the Casablanca Valley, a climate ideal for producing white-wine grapes. And before you leave Chile, you must try a Pisco Sour, a popular South American cocktail.
We offer plenty of South American Wine Tours that explore the Chilean wine region. Take the Santiago & Puerto Varas Wineries Tour through Chile's natural and cultural wonders: Santiago, the Mediterranean coast, glacial lakes, mountainous regions, and more. Or maybe, you're looking for a shorter wine tour such as The Best of Chilean Wines Tour. On this tour, you will explore the city of Santiago as well as the popular wine regions nearby. For an extensive wine and gourmet tour, choose The South American Wine Tour.This 10-day tour is perfect for foodies and wine enthusiasts looking to explore the best wine regions of Chile, the small wineries of Uruguay, and a tango show in Argentina.
Restaurants in Chile:
- Puerto Fuy: This award-winning upscale restaurant combines modern French techniques and Chilean cuisine to provide you with superb seafood.
- Tiramisu: With great ratings, Tiramisu is the busiest and most popular pizza restaurant in Santiago using fresh ingredients at a reasonable price. Head to the restaurant early to insure getting a table. It is not uncommon to see a long line waiting outside for the restaurant to open.
- Bocanáriz: As one of Santiago’s most famous places to enjoy wine, locals and tourists gather at this open wine bar.
Empanadas: pastry filled with meat, cheese or mussels
Cazuela: homemade stew with beef, chicken, corn, rice and potatoes, pumpkin and corn on the cob (there are variations with seafood too)
Reineta, Congrio, Corvina: the most typical fish
Locos: a rare type of mollusc
Chupe: traditional stew made with chicken, red meat, lamb or beef tripe and other offal, or with fish, shrimp, crayfish or shellfish such as loco, and vegetables, potatoes or yuca (if you are on the coast do not miss the chupe de Marisco o de Jaiba (crab). Delicious!
Humitas: prepared with fresh corn, onion, basil, and butter or lard. They are wrapped in corn husks and baked or boiled.
Bistec a la pobre: is literally translated as "Poor Man's Steak", however the size of the portion is anything but poor! It consists of a large sirloin steak served with grilled onion, two fried eggs and a side salad or fries.
Terremoto: (literally “Earthquake” in Spanish) is a traditional cocktail made of Pipeño (Sweet fermented wine), Pineapple ice-cream and Grenadine syrup. For people who don’t have a sweet tooth, the grenadine can be swapped with a bitter liqueur like Pisco, Fernet or Rum.