6 traditional dishes of the summer in Chile

Not only holidays and beach days set the mood for summer in Chile, but also the many traditional dishes that we love to enjoy during this time of the year.

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The rising temperatures are here to stay and our palates are ready to enjoy the most traditional preparations that Chileans love to enjoy during this time of the year.

We give you some of the dishes that are traditionally prepared during these months:

Humitas

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Leonardo Benavente / Flickr

Grinded corn, onion and basil; everything wrapped into the same leaf that covers the corn, tied and then put into boiling water. This is the traditional recipe for this dish that takes over the tables during the summer in Chile. How do you prefer it? Salty and with tomatoes? Or with a little bit of sugar on top?

Pastel de Choclo (Corn Pie)

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Corn season does not go unnoticed in the Chilean kitchens. Its base is made of pino (seasoned meat with onions) and chicken, the mixture is then covered with a paste made of grinded corn, and finally taken into the oven. An irresistible dish.

Porotos Granados

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It’s impossible to make a list of summer dishes and not to include “porotos granados”. This is the perfect time for the harvesting of beans, which are taken out of their skin and then put directly to the pot. They are later accompanied by “pilco” or “mazamorra” (corn kernel or grinded corn respectively). A dish that owes its origin from the countryside tradition. Let’s not forget to put some “pebre” on the side, or a tomato salad.

Fried Fish

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Restaurants located on different small towns and cities next to the beach welcome thousands of visitors during summer, and among the most popular dishes we can definitely mention the fried fish. Whether you eat it with salad on the side, mash potatoes or rice, it’s up to you.

Mote con Huesillos

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Pamela Palma / Flickr

A combination of this wheat cereal with dehydrated peach’s juice, also known as “huesillo”; this is the recipe for one of the most traditional desserts in Chile. The secret is to always have it cold in order to achieve that refreshing effect. The ideal drink for those hot summer days.

Watermelon

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Laura Eulalia Silva / Flickr

Whether it is in a fruit-salad or by itself, watermelon is without a doubt one of the most anticipated fruits of the summer. Refreshing and delicious, the further along we get into summer, the easier it is to find some good watermelon.

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