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Bolivian dishes are one of the best things about this country, with so many delicious gourmet bites to try. The cuisine in Bolivia varies from region to region; in Western Bolivia in the Altiplano, due to the high, cold climate, dishes tends to have a lot of spices, whereas in the lowlands of Bolivia in the more Amazonian regions you’ll find plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and yuca.
One thing that all food in Bolivia has in common is that it’s all delicious! If you don’t get the chance to visit this small-but-mighty country, you can try recreate some of the best Bolivian dishes at home instead.
We’re sharing some of the best classic regional dishes. These recipes aren’t just any recipes either, as they have been created by the world’s top food bloggers. The best of the best. Make sure check out the other great dishes on their sites too.
The Best Bolivian Dishes
1. Bolivian Pork Chicharron
A traditional dish in Bolivia that is usually served with mote, llajua, potatoes or chuño. In Spanish, it’s called Chicharrón de Cerdo or Chicharrón de Chancho.
2. Asaditos (Bolivian Beef and Cassava Burgers)
Bolivian asaditos are patties or burgers made with beef and shredded cassava. They are so good that it tastes as if the beef is melting in your mouth.
3. Bolivian Canahua Pilaf
Very similar to its cousin quinoa, canahua is a hearty grain that grows in the mountains of the Andes and is virtually unknown outside the high regions of Bolivia and Peru.
4. Silpancho Cochabambino
This is the Bolivian version of steak and eggs that comes with an extra little kick form the seasoning. A delicious dish to try at the weekends.
This a corn pie topped with cheese which is lovely and light and fluffy once you bite into it. A truly unique treat that you will instantly fall in love with.
6. Bolivian-Style Beef Empanadas
These can be eaten any time of day and are often served with the Bolivian salsa called llajua. They are especially popular as a mid-morning snack and are easy to find from street vendors.
7. Picante de Pollo
Picante de Pollo is one of the many creole recipes that originated from western Bolivia. It is characterised by its aroma, spicy taste of choky flavour of chuño (dehydrated potatoes).