4 Argentina Appetizers to Make Your Mouth Water

As the world’s eighth largest country, Argentina is home to a whole lot of great food!

If you’ve ever had the chance to visit, you’ve had the opportunity to taste this authentic Argentine food first-hand. But, if you haven’t had a chance to visit, you can still taste the Argentine culture by creating some of their more popular recipes from your home.

These Argentina appetizers will have you salivating over what’s to come. Learn how Argentinians do food right from the first course by reading this guide.

1. Empanadas

Empanadas ona cutting board
Empanadas Argentinos

Argentina empanadas are one of the most popular dishes in the country and on our list of the 17 Delicious Argentine Food Dishes You Should Be Eating. These crispy, flavor-filled pockets are a great appetizer choice for any meal or gathering.

The empanada starts with the outer dough. Create your own corn dough for an authentic flavor, or opt for a flour-based dough or pre-made frozen empanada dough for a simple recipe.

Then, choose your filling, you can get creative with your own deviations or stick to a classic filling choice. Some of the more popular fillings include black bean, chicken, beef, or chicken.

Then, it’s as simple as spooning your filling into a pocket created from the dough. Choose to either fry or bake the empanada based on your preferences.

2. Provoleta

Provoleta Cheese in a pan

Provoleta is one of the common appetizers in Argentina and a favorite of cheese lovers.

This simple recipe only calls for three ingredients — thick provolone cheese, oregano leaves, and chili flakes. Mix the ingredients together in a small cast-iron skillet and bake until the top of the cheese is golden brown. Then, flip the cheese with a spatula and cook until that side is golden brown as well.

Top the cheese with more oregano and chili flakes and serve with bread. It’s simple yet tasty!

3. Rabas Fritas

Argentina's Rabas Fritas with lemon slices
Argentina’s Rabas Fritas

To American readers, Rabas is known as calamari, or squid. Rabas Fritas, or fried calamari rings, combines the bold flavors of fried squid and garlic for an amazing appetizer.

To make Rabas Fritas, create a breading of flour, corn starch, baking powder, beer, garlic, and salt. Then, take 1/2-inch rings of squid meat and bread them in the mixture. Deep fry for about four minutes for the desired crispiness. Serve Rabas Fritas warm, not hot, and with some lemon wedges. Extremely easy, extremely tasty!

4. Bread & Chimichurri

Sliced bread and Argentine chimichurri sauce in a bowl on a cutting board
Chimichurri Sauce & Bread

If you’re looking for a simple, yet tasty Argentinian recipe, try Chimichurri. Chimichurri paired with a fresh loaf of bread makes for a great appetizer, snack, or side to any meal.

To create a chimichurri sauce, combine red wine vinegar, garlic, parsley, crushed red pepper, and oregano in a food processor. Then, add 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil to the mixture. Season with salt and pepper and serve with your loaf of bread.

You’ll impress all your guests with this authentic Argentina recipe! If you’d rather not make it yourself, you can always shop for authentic chimichhuri sauce online as well. And, if you have any leftover, you can use it as a topping for your main meat dishes.

Argentina Appetizers Are All About Ingredients

What do all of these mouth-watering Argentina appetizers have in common? They’re made with only the best, fresh Argentina ingredients. Do these recipes justice by buying fresh, authentic ingredients from a Hispanic food store near you.

If you enjoyed reading about tasty Argentina appetizers, you’ll love reading about alfajores Argentinos, classic dulce de leche and other traditional desserts from Argentina.

For more great recipes to complete a whole feast, check out the Argentina Foods sections on AmigoFoods.

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