These 11 Uruguayan Dishes Are Deeply Tied To My Identity As A Latina

Uruguayan cuisine is often overlooked when discussing flavorful Latin American dishes. Still, what Uruguay’s foods may lack in spice they make up for in generous servings of homemade chimichurri and dulce de leche. Growing up between Kansas and Uruguay, these are the foods I missed the most whenever I was away from my South American home. When we had a reason to celebrate back in the midwest we’d order empanadas from an Uruguayan bakery in Chicago, or labor for hours to handmake ñoquis. We’d do anything just for a little taste of the foods we longed to be sharing with my abuela and familia Uruguaya back in Rocha.

Here are 11 dishes from Uruguay to try as soon as humanly possible.


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The only way to start a list of Uruguayan foods is with the national sandwich, the chivito. To describe this meal as a sandwich would be such a disservice for this dish that’s basically everything-but-the-kitchen-sink. The legend of the chivito tells us it was created to appease the palate of an Argentine woman who came across the Rio de La Plata and was craving chivo (goat meat). Funnily, the beloved dish doesn’t actually contain any of its namesake ingredient. It has steak, ham, bacon, a fried egg or two, and is stacked high with toppings of mozzarella, mayonnaise, tomato, lettuce, and olives. All of that is then served on top of a bed of crispy french fries.


In Uruguay, there are 3 sheep and 3 cows for each of the 3 million citizens. Uruguayans love their meat. Almost every part of the animal is grilled nightly on the parrilla, usually in family homes. If you’re not lucky enough to get invited to join an Uruguayan family for a barbeque, then head to a Parrillada. A typical asado grill out includes molleja (chicken gizzard), riñón (kidney), hígado (liver), chinchulin (the small intestine from a cow), morcilla dulce (blood sausage), asado de tira (smoked short ribs), lengua (tongue), asado con cuero (steak cooked in the skin), and of course, lomo (steak tenderloin). Choripán was always my favorite dish, which is just chorizo inside a warm, white bread bun.

Yerba Maté

There’s nothing more characteristically Uruguayan than a gourd of yerba maté. Consuming the herbal tea is a national pastime for Uruguayans. Some take their maté with sugar, like my cousins, while others drink the metabolism-boosting tea in all its earthy glory, which is how I prefer it. It’s consumed year round, regardless of the weather. You drink maté through a bombilla straw which has a built-in perforated spoon that filters out the tea leaves as you sip. You know you’re welcomed by Uruguayans when they offer you a cup of their precious elixir. The taste may be bitter but you’d be more likely to offend an Uruguayan by refusing to taste their maté than by insulting the country’s futbol hero, Luis Suárez. Drink the tea and swoon over the national soccer team and you might even get invited to enjoy a backyard asado with your new Uruguayan friends.


In Uruguay, there are never-ending variations of empanadas. They’re typically al horno (baked) instead of fried. So, they’re almost healthy? The flaky pastries are served sweet or savory. My Uruguayan father says you must try at least three flavors–carne picada con aceitunas (beef with olives), choclo y jamón (corn and ham), and panceta y queso (bacon and cheese). Save room for at least one sweet empanada of dulce de leche (caramel) or membrillo y queso (jam and cheese).


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Uruguayans take their coffee in all the typical variations, but the best way to get a caffeine fix is with a cortado, preferably while sitting on a terrace with a view of the bustling streets of Montevideo. Cortados are espresso mixed with an equal amount of steamed milk. They come with tiny coconut macaroons which I always swiftly steal from my father’s plate whenever he ordered a coffee.

Pizza a Caballo

It’s safe to say that about half of all Uruguayans are of Italian heritage–a fact that’s greatly influenced the local cuisine. Fortunately, this means Uruguay has fantastic wood-fire oven pizza. Don’t just order a mozzarella pie though, do as the locals do and ask for your pizza to be a caballo. That’s right, horseback pizza. Don’t worry, this dish doesn’t call for horse meat. This special pizza is topped with fainá–a chickpea cake that originally comes from Genoa, Italy. Pizza a caballo is a favorite meal to share with friends along with a couple of Pilsen, Uruguay’s cheap and tasty light lager beer.

Dulce de Leche

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Arrancamos la mañana con algo sencillo de preparar, conitos de dulce de leche. Con esta receta salen aproximadamente 30 unidades, todo va a depender del tamaño que los hagas. Los podes bañar con chocolate amargo o blanco. A mi me gustan mas con chocolate amargo. A ustedes cual les gusta mas? Ingredientes: ????Harina 0000 250 gr ????Azúcar 120 gr ????Huevos 1 ????Manteca 150 gr ????Esencia de vainilla c/n ????Dulce de leche repostero 500 gr ????Chocolate cobertura 300 gr Preparación: lo primero que tenemos que hacer es la masa para eso, batimos la manteca con el azúcar por 3 minutos, agregamos la esencia y batimos 1 minutos mas. Agregamos el huevo y continuamos batiendo hasta que se integre, por ultimo agregamos la harina y mezclamos hasta que se forme la masa. Lo enfilmamos y lo llevamos a la heladera por 30 minutos. Estiramos la masa de 3 mm de espesor cortamos con un cortante circular las base de los conitos, las colocamos en una placa enmatecada y enharinada y lo cocinamos en un horno a 180ª por 8 minutos. Para el armado de los conitos  en una manga colocamos dulce de leche repostero,  armamos los conitos y es muy importante llevarlos por 1 hora al freezer. Una vez que están bien congelados los baños en chocolate cobertura y dejamos que sequen. #conitos #foodie #dulcedeleche #pasteleria #foodphotography #harina #foodstagram #instafood #recetas #cocina

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Dulce de leche is the Reina of all sweets in Uruguay. In my completely unbiased opinion, the very best cookie in the world can be found in Uruguay, the alfajor. This delightful treat is comprised of two flaky shortbread cookies generously stuffed with fresh dulce de leche and then rolled in coconut flakes. Trust me, you won’t be able to have just one. If you’re like my sister and want a dessert with loads of caramel, order a panqueque con dulce de leche. It’s a thin crepe filled to the brim with dulce de leche, then topped with rum, coated in sugar, and set ablaze. If your sweet tooth still isn’t satisfied, have a churro filled with dulce de leche, a uniquely Uruguayan treat.


Italians also brought over their custom of handmade pasta. Uruguayans love the potato dumplings so much they honor the dish monthly on the 29th for Dia de Ñoquis. I have fond, yet messy, memories of making ñoqui with my abuela in her tiny blue house in Rocha. We always used simple ingredients, potatoes and water, and the traditional method of making everything by hand. Today, there are many variations of ñoqui on menus all month long–if you’re feeling daring try ñoqui made from plantains or yucca.

Martin Fierro

Uruguayans love this sweet and savory dessert that’s named after a fictional gaucho (cowboy). It’s a slice of dulce de membrillo, usually made with quince fruit, stacked atop a piece of semi-hard white Colonia cheese. It’s simple and delicious.


Another classic Uruguayan dish is milanesa, also influenced by Italian ancestors. It’s a fillet of meat pounded down to a thin, wide sliver, then breaded and fried. Milanesa Napolitana uses steak, but other renditions are made with chicken. Order milanesa a caballo to have fried eggs and french fries on top of the breaded meat–my papa says this is the only ‘real’ way to eat a milanesa.


Clericó is the Uruguayan cocktail of choice. The sangria-like concoction is made with dry white wine combined with sweet and sour seasonal fruits and a dash of liqueur to form the perfect summer cocktail. The more succulent the fruit, the more alcohol it absorbs, making for a boozy treat at the end of the pitcher of clericó. If you’re joining my family for a sundowner on the beach, there’s no doubt we’ll be headed to Porto 5 in Punta Del Este for a few pitchers of clericó along with freshly caught mussels, also cooked in wine.

Read: The Alcohol Rub That Generations of Puerto Ricans Swear By

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Disneyland, Waffle House, And Others Are Sharing Their Best Kept Secret Recipes To Help Us SurviveCoronavirus

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Disneyland, Waffle House, And Others Are Sharing Their Best Kept Secret Recipes To Help Us SurviveCoronavirus

It’s definitely a marketing ploy and it probably won’t be the same as the real deal, but sí mi gente, some of your favorite dine-out recipes have been shared online!

That’s right, so many of their customers sheltering in place across the globe in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, some of the biggest hospitality brands in the game are releasing their signature recipes. We’ve put them all here in one place for you to check out!

Pret A Manger’s beloved chocolate chip cookies

We’ve been inundated with requests for the secret to our Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies. This recipe is perfect for rookie…

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The popular high street chain published the beloved recipe after being “inundated” with requests to publish the recipe since the coronavirus outbreak.

According to Pret, they’ll be releasing more great recipes on their social feeds within the next few days!

McDonald’s sausage and egg McMuffin

There’s nothing like the real deal, but McDonald’s shared its sausage-and-egg McMuffin recipe and so far reviews coming in seem like it could be the real deal!


An English muffin

75g Sausage meat


American Cheese Slice 



– Toast the English muffin until golden brown. 

– Season with a pinch of salt and pepper then shape into balls. Flatten into patty shapes and cook under a pre-heated grill for six to seven minutes on each side (or as per instructions on packaging).

– Brush the inside of a metal ring with a little oil and place in a small frying pan. Pour in just enough water to cover the base then bring to the boil. Crack the eggs into the rings, cover the pan and cook for two-three minutes.

– Assemble your McMuffin by layering the patty and egg on top of a slice of cheese.

– To make a hash brown, grate the potato into a bowl. Mix in an egg, then season with salt and pepper. Heat a glug of oil in a pan then add spoonfuls of the mix. Flatten and cook until golden brown on both sides.

Disney’s churros.

Disney published the recipe for its beloved churros to give fans of the crunchy tweet a “little taste of Disney magic” while at home.

Disney Parks Churro Bites

You can click here for a print-at-home version of the recipe!


  • 1 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable or canola oil
  • ½ cup sugar


  1. Combine water, butter, salt, and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon in 1 ½-quart saucepan over medium heat. Bring pot to rolling boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low.
  3. Add flour and stir vigorously until mix forms a ball. Remove from heat and let rest for 5-7 min.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, and stir until combined. Set aside.
  5. Heat oil in medium skillet or 1-quart saucepan over medium-high heat or until temperature reaches 350˚.
  6. Spoon dough into piping bag fitted with large star tip. Pipe 1-inch strip of dough over saucepan, cut with knife, and drop into hot oil. Repeat until churro bites fill saucepan with room to fry. 
  7. Fry churro bites until golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon or mesh spider strainer.
  8. Drain churro bites on paper towel.
  9. Mix sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in medium bowl. Toss in churro bites until coated. Place on serving plate and serve with favorite dipping sauce.

Wagamama’s katsu curry

To keep up the spirit, Wagamama launched a cooking channel to share its signature katsu curry recipe.

The Chicken Katsu Curry

the sauce | serves two –
2–3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
2.5cm piece of ginger, peeled + grated
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 heaped tablespoons mild
curry powder
1 tablespoon plain flour
300ml chicken or veg stock
100ml coconut milk
1 teaspoon light soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar, to taste

the dish | serves two –
120g rice (any rice will do!)
1 quantity katsu curry sauce
2 skinless chicken breasts
50g plain flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
100g panko breadcrumbs
75ml vegetable oil, for deep-frying
40g mixed salad leaves

DoubleTree’s chocolate chip cookies

According to Bussiness Wire DoubleTree cookies have a long and passionate following. The sites says that more than 30 million are consumed every year, and “the DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie even became the first food to be baked in orbit during experiments aboard the International Space Station.”

DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Makes 26 cookies

½ pound butter, softened (2 sticks)
¾ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 ¼ cups flour
½ cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch cinnamon
2 ⅔ cups Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chips chocolate chips
1 ¾ cups chopped walnuts

Waffle House’s waffle mix!

 Last week the Waffle House chain revealed it was finally selling bags of its signature waffle mix!

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Let Us Shed A Tear For The Non-Floridians Who Have Never Experienced Publix

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Let Us Shed A Tear For The Non-Floridians Who Have Never Experienced Publix

Hi, hello, thank you for taking a moment to take a seat at my Ted Talk!

I’d like to take the time we have together today to talk about the wonder that is Publix.

As many of you fortunate enough to live in the Southeast know, Publix is a Florida-based grocery store with all of the class.

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They’re a place known for their remarkable customer service and clean aisles. At Publix, shopping is literally a pleasure.

That’s right folks, this is a place of impeccable cleanliness and organization.

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At Publix, no corner is left unswept and no aisle left without the item you needed.

And their subs have been bringing people to tears circa 1930.

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If you haven’t had an Italian sub from Publix what what WHAT are you doing?

Guys! This place is so good that schools literally send students there for field trips.

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At Publix there’s so much to learn.

And their employees actually love working there!

And it’s probably because of their amazing benefits and vacation set up.

Recently a wave of Publix enthusiasts went viral for their devotion to the store’s key lime pie.

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An article by Buzzfeed boasted about the desserts greatness. And they were right.null

But KEY to the Publix experience has been the grocery chain’s dedication to Latino satisfaction.

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They literally have a STORE that focuses on Latinos called Sabor.

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The Southeastern-based store has run a line of Publix Sabor stores for years geared toward Florida’s Cuban, Puerto Rican, and other Latino shoppers. Recently they started to expand its offerings in heavily populated Latino populations with a Publix store called Sabor.

This place is the diggs guys! And they have all kinds of amazing foods to offer.

Like their commitment to the Cubano.

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Which for real will NEVER be good as your mother’s, but will always for real do everything to be top notch.

And their Tres Leches cake which is qualiT

And this is a fact that FOR REAL any Latino in the Southeast knows to be true.

No but for real.

It’s a taste like no other.

And beyond Tres Leche you can count on Publix to STAY stocked on your mama’s favorites.

Literally feels like home at the Publix in Little Havana guys.

And they for real have the hookup.

Yes they do.

Now go forth into the world my people and enjoy your limp meals at Whole Foods and Safeway!

Read: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls The Lack Of Black And Latinx Diversity At NYC’s Specialized Schools An “Injustice”

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