13 Delicious Foods You Won’t Find Anywhere but South America

Whether you have visited South America or not, these recipes are sure to grab your attention. These South American specialties combine some commonly found fruits and vegetables to make entirely new and delicious dishes. However, the exotic ingredients of a few of these tasty treats can only be found in the south. Either way, the food of South America alone is enough to make your trip worthwhile.

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Yucca Fries

Made from the root portion of the Cassava plant, yucca fries are a denser, starchier version of the potato-based French fries. Served with a spicy cheese sauce or a chili sauce made from the aji Amarillo chili pepper, a spicy yellow pepper featured in many Peruvian dishes, yucca fries are sure to satisfy.

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Peruvian Picarones (Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Doughnuts)

Though they look strikingly similar to onion rings, these fried rings of dough are sweet and spicy. Topped with warm sugarcane syrup, you will definitely be burning yourself on hot oil in your kitchen at home after trying some of these in the south.

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Chupe de Mani (Peanut and Potato Soup)

This vegetarian-friendly soup is both delicious and economical. Popular in both Bolivia and Ecuador, a hot bowl of this thick spicy soup is the perfect way to warm up after a trip to the Andes.