Due to the ethnic fusion of South America, South American cuisine has many influences. The most characteristic are Native American, African, Spanish, and Italian. The customs and food products greatly vary according to the physically distinct regions. The consumption of Carne Asada is wide spread throughout much of the continent. It is popular to grill in the open air as in asado or churrasco.South American cuisine:The food of the Andes is highly influenced by the indigenous peoples. The principle foods continues to be corn, potatoes and other tubers. The meats most characteristic of this zone are the llama (Peru) and the Guinea pig (Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Colombia). In areas where there is fresh water trout is consumed. Chupe Andino refers to various stews and soups that are prepared in the Andes mountains region. One of the most important drinks is chicha. Important dishes include humitas, Locro, Chanfaina, arepas, quimbolitos (dessert tamales), and peppers. A famous dish from the Peruvian Andes is pachamanca. From the mixture of German, native cuisine, and the Chiloe Archipelago in the southern Andes comes Valdiviano and curanto.
The wetter areas of Peru produce sugar cane, lemon, bananas, and oranges. Chancaca is popular as well as carbonara, sancocho, huevos quimbos, potato pie, and Charki.
South American Recipes:Quinoa and Black BeansBrazilian Black Bean StewBrazilian LemonadeBrazilian Chicken with Coconut MilkBrigadeiroChimichurri SauceFried EmpanadasPeruvian Chicken Soup (Aguadito de Pollo)Pork and Black Bean StewPesto QuinoaColombian LentilsSouth American RecipesPeruvian Arroz con PolloAlfajores Argentinean StyleRabbit Stew with Coconut CreamBrazilian CollardsCoconut FlanColombian Stewed FlankCanjaBrazilian Style Flan (Pudim de Leite Condensado)Brazilian Coffee CookiesSancochoAji de GallinaBrazilian Cheese Puffs (Pao de Queijo)Brazilian Grilled PineappleChilean EmpanadaSouth American RecipesFeijoada (Brazilian Black Bean Stew)Peruvian Aji SauceArgentinean Potato SaladRoast Peruvian TurkeyPisco SourCeviche PeruanoBeijinho de Coco (Coconut Little Kiss)Brazilian Carrot CakePeruvian AlfajoresCazuela de Vaca (Beef and Pumpkin Stew)Arroz Tapado (Rice-On-Top)Citrus CevicheChilean-Style SopaipillasColombian ChickenBrazilian-Style Moist Coconut CakeSovre BarrigaBrazilian-Style Beef RibsCoconut Coconut Milk CakeSouth American RecipesHomemade ArepasSquash and Kohlrabi EmpanadasBrazilian Whole Banana PieDeath By Caramel CookiesChipas (Argentinean Cheese Bread)Guyanese Coconut BunsPisco Sour IIVitaminaPollo Arvejado (Galician Chicken)SevicheCream Cheese ArepasPeruvian Aji-Style SauceBrazilian Cheese Rolls (Pao de Queijo)Suspiro LimenoSun-Dried Tomato and Arugula PizzaSuspiro a la LimeaSouth American RecipesSaltado de Vainitas (Peruvian Green Beans with Chicken)Brazilian Style Chocolate PuddingPeruvian Beef Noodle Soup (Sopa Criolla)Simple Grilled Pineapple MilhojasPollo Mechado (Shredded Chicken)Peruvian Locro (Butternut Squash)Argentinean Skirt SteaksFried Sweet BananasBunuelos de Espinaca (Spinach Fritters)Guava PreservesLamb Shanks with Cilantro SaucePisco Sour CocktailBaked Plantain with CheesePeruvian CausaEmpanada FillingArroz con Pollo (Peruvian Style)Lemon Pisco SourCrillo de PolloPeruvian Lamb SoupHumitas ChilenasPapa a la Huancaina (Huancayo-Style Potatoes)Peruvian Meat and RiceVainaChilean CocktailMango CevicheBlack Gill Rockfish in Orange Cream SauceAvocado and Tilapia CevicheSweet Cornmeal Cake Brazilian-StyleLocro EcuatorianoPiscolaPeruvian Menestron SoupHuancaina SaucePo de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)Patacones de Colombia (Fried Plantains)South American RecipesTincho TropicalPan de Queso (Brazilian Cheese Buns)Ponche De Creme