South America spells comfort in all its dishes. Each country has its own unique cuisine, each of which incorporate European influences to make Spanish, Italian and Portuguese dishes. Key ingredients include corn, potatoes and peppers. Here's four of the most comforting foods found in South America that will surely have you begging for more.
1. Feijoada (Brazil)
Feijoada is considered to be the unofficial national dish of Brazil. From schools to five star restaurants, feijoada is on the menu! This black stew, made with different cuts of pork and beef, is usually served on top of white rice and decorated with slices of orange. Any Brazilian would surely recommend this wonderful dish – it's simply irresistible!
2. Porotos con Riendas (Chile)
This dish isn't fancy, but it's a great comfort food. Porotos con Riendas ("Beans with Reins") is a charming stew with a base of beans, spaghetti and squash. Sometimes meat such as sausage is added but it is often eaten without. It warms you up on a chilly day, so it's perfect to eat in fall. Preparing this dish requires patience, for neither the beans nor the squash cook fast. Some even prepare and soak the beans overnight, but it is definitely worth the wait, I promise!
3. Ceviche (Peru)
If you like eating sushi then you'll more than likely like ceviche. The difference is the way that the raw fish and seafood is prepared as with ceviche it's drenched in citrus juices where it marinates before adding seasoning and side dishes. Ceviche is not cooked with heat, so it must be prepared fresh to minimize the risk of food poisoning. People often eat it with hot sauce or hot peppers for that extra kick. Here's a fun fact: Peru is in the World Guinness Book of Records for having the most number of national dishes! They have 491 registered – including ceviche of course.
4. Churrasco (Argentina)
In Argentina, the word churrasco refers to the varying types of meats that are finely grilled when making this dish, but it's all about the sauce served on the side with this one! Chimichurri – similar to pesto but made with herbs, garlic, and tangy vinegar – is typically served alongside the meat and locals often create mind-blowing versions. A must try, I'd say!