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Traditional Must-Try Foods to Eat in Bolivia



While Bolivia's cuisine may not attain international renown, it does offer a plethora of traditional dishes that visitors are encouraged to sample. A considerable number of the traditional dishes found across Bolivia are frequently prepared by intrepid street vendors and are based on recipes that have been handed down for generations. Do not let the appearance of some of these dishes deter you from traveling to Bolivia; otherwise, you will be missing out on some memorable meals.



Salteñas are pastries typically filled with savory ingredients like diced beef, potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and olives. They are usually served with a spicy sauce.


Chicharrón is a favorite Bolivian snack. It is made from salted deep-fried pork or beef rinds, often served with llajwa, a traditional tomato-based hot sauce. 


Sajta is a delicious beef dish made with chuño, a dried potato commonly found in Bolivia. The beef is cooked with onions, garlic, and cumin, plus boiled potatoes and eggs, giving it a unique and flavorful taste. 


Fricasé is a hearty stew popular in Bolivia’s highlands. It is traditionally made with beef, potatoes, carrots, and spices like aji, cumin, and garlic. 


Silpancho is a popular Bolivian dish usually eaten for breakfast or lunch. It is made with a large beef steak that is pounded flat and then fried. It is served with rice, boiled eggs, and salad. 


Picante de Pollo is a flavorful chicken stew made with tomatoes, onions, aji, and other spices. It is typically served with rice and boiled potatoes. 


Chuño is a traditional Bolivian food made from sun-dried potatoes that have been soaked in salty water. It is an important ingredient in many traditional dishes. 

Bolivia's wide range of exquisite regional cuisines means the country has plenty to offer foodies of all tastes. If you want to experience authentic Bolivian culture, you must try some of these mouthwatering delicacies.

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