Bolivia: Recipes and Cuisine

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Located high in the Andes, the cuisine of Bolivia combines the traditions of the indigenous Quechua and Aymara population with many of the ingredients and cooking methods of the smaller European population. Popular Bolivian dishes include cheese-filled salteñas, tamal-like humintas and antichuchos, or grilled beef heart. The potato reigns supreme, with hundreds of varieties available, including the naturally freeze-dried chuño. Other common ingredients in Bolivian cooking include ají peppers, peanuts, yuca (cassava), corn and rice.

Bolivian Recipes

Manjar Blanco

(Bolivian, Chilean, Peruvian caramel spread; see Dulce de Leche recipe)

Papa a la Huancaína

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(Peruvian potatoes with chile-cheese sauce)

Papa a la Huancaína, or potatoes Huancayo-style, is one of the most famous dishes of Peruvian cuisine. Boiled potatoes are topped with a slightly spicy, rich and creamy cheese sauce and are served cold or at room temperature as an appetizer or side dish. Read more »


(Bolivian cheese-stuffed pastries; see Empanadas variations)

Sopa de Maní

Country | Bolivia | Woman and Child

(Bolivian peanut soup)

Bolivians love sopa de maní, a flavorful meat and vegetable stew, thickened and enriched with the earthy flavor of ground peanuts. Sopa de maní is most often made with chicken or beef, but you can use all vegetables for a delicious and nutritious vegetarian meal. Read more »