Uruguay is a gorgeous country with beaches, culture, and a thriving culinary scene. If you go and want to eat the most authentic food, these items are a good place to start.
First off, you have to start with the national dish of Uruguay, a chivito. Uruguayans love meat in just about everything and this sandwich is no exception. The base of the sandwich is beef and some sort of cheese, and then there’s always some sort of combination of olives, mayo, ham, an egg, bacon, tomato, and fries on the side. It sounds like a lot, and it is, but it’s so worth it.
This Uruguayan treat is the typical snack of any local. It’s a pastry pie-like sweet that’s filled with quince jam, or sometimes dulce de leche. So if you’re into sweets, this has to be your go-to afternoon snack, or as they call it in Spanish, merienda.
Asado literally means roast in Spanish, and when people say it, they mean it in the sense of cooking meat. Asado is popular throughout many Latin American countries, but Uruguay especially has it down pat. Asado is a celebration of barbequed meat, and it’s always best to do it with friends.