Paraguayan cuisine

Paraguayan cuisine
Asado with achuras (offal) and sausages.

The cuisine of Paraguay is similar to the cuisines in Uruguay and the Falkland Islands.[1] Meats, vegetables, manioc,[2] maize[2] and fruits are common in Paraguayan cuisine.[1] Barbecuing is both a cooking technique and often a social event, and are known as Asados. Many dishes are based on corn, milk, cheese and meats, and fish caught in rivers are also eaten.[3] There are about 70 varieties of chipas (cakes) in Paraguay. Most chipas are made from manioc flour, which is derived from cassava, and cornmeal.[4]


Common foods and dishes

Sopa paraguaya is a traditional Paraguayan dish.
A fresh produce market in Asunción, Paraguay.
  • Beef
  • Bori-bori is a chicken soup served with cornmeal dumplings.[1]
  • Chipa is a bread made with manioc, egg and cheese.[1]
  • Chipa Guasú is a cake made with corn grains, and is an original and common food of Paraguay. It's often served at asados.
  • Chipa so'o is another cake variety.
  • Cured meats, smoked ham
  • Groundnuts
  • A traditional kiveve is made using pumpkin or "andai", water, salt, oil, onion (chopped very small), milk, sugar, corn flour and fresh cheese.
  • Lampreado, a fried cake made from manioc flour.
  • Mazamorroa is a cooked corn mush dish.[1]
  • Mbaipy-so-ó is a corn pudding with meat.[1]
  • Mbejú is a starch cake and staple food of the Paraguayan diet.
  • Milanesa, a breaded meat filet, fried, baked or sauteed.
  • Paraguay cheese
  • Parrillada is a dish meat cooked over coals.[1]
  • Pira caldo is a fish soup that is part of the traditional cuisine.
  • Pork
  • Sopa paraguaya is a traditional Paraguayan dish. Literally meaning "Paraguayan soup," sopa paraguaya is similar to corn bread. Corn flour, pig fat (lard), cheese and milk or whey are common ingredients. It's a spongy cake rich in calories and protein content.
  • Soyo is a thick soup of meat crushed in a mortar, seasoned with several spices and vegetables.


  • Kosereva is a common "barreled" candy native to Paraguay, with the hardened skin of the sour orange ("apepú", in Guarani language), cooked in black molasses, resulting in a bittersweet and acid taste and having a high protein content.
  • Mbaipy-he-é is a dessert dish made with milk, molasses and corn.[1]


Maté is a national drink of Paraguay.[1] Fruit juices and soft drinks are common, and beer and wine are also available.[1] Caña is an alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane juice, and mosto is a non-alcholic variety.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Cuisine of Paraguay, Uruguay and the Falkland Islands, Guarani and European Influences. Accessed July 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Paraguay, the Country of Cassava." Accessed July 2011. (Spanish)
  3. ^ "Culture." (of Paraguay). Accessed July 2011.
  4. ^ "Chipa and Sopa Paraguaya." A Taste of the World. Accessed July 2011.

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