Snacks also play a big part in the culture and is a way of expressing national identity. Some of the world’s top restaurants serve the food of Peru to enthusiastic foodies or snacks. Snacks are as important to locals and food critics as the culinary creations of the country’s top chefs. You can make these Peruvian snacks at home. So, here are the lists!
The literal meaning is “stuffed potato”. This yummy snack contains mashed potato, meat, and onions shaped into a ball and deep-fried. What more could you want? Raisins, olives, or eggs added to the potatoes enhance the flavor.
Those delicious long pastry sticks originated in Spain and found a welcome home in Peru. Peruvians make churros with a potato-based choux pastry. The dough is extruded through a large pastry tip and fried in hot oil, then covered with a sugar and cinnamon mixture. Vanilla manjar Blanco cream makes the perfect filling. Delicious!
It’s fair to say that Peruvians love fried food. Sliced green (or ripe) plantain fried in oil and seasoned with salt sell in every street stall and supermarket in Peru. Vendors use different banana varieties to alter the flavor, changing from sweet to savory with the variety and maturity level.
These little bites of heaven are made from scratch with traditional flavorings of onion, garlic, pepper, boiled eggs, and olives. Beef is the traditional meat filling but chicken or spicy sausage is popular. Vegetable filling like choclo con queso (corn with cheese) and sweet potato are common as fillings, too. You will love the flaky crust and the dipping sauces served on the side.
Roasted Peruvian Corn Kernels
This popular snack has been around for centuries in South America. Made from the roasted Peruvian corn kernels of a variety known as maiz cancha. The kernels are roasted in oil and salted and served in bags to go. The simplest of simple and one of the tastiest too.
The Spanish conquistadors introduced bunuelos to South America. Tempting picarones are similar to the Spanish sweet snack but squash and sweet potato replace the bread. Peruvians initially substituted the ingredients to make them cheaper, but the dessert item gained in popularity.
For travelers on the move, these quick eats are particularly handy. You can keep them neatly in wrapped snacks in your snacks box before setting off on a trek, or you can grab a quick snack during a brief stop on a long-distance bus journey.