Chorizo Sandwich at La Paz, Bolivia. Tender, Juicy and Unique.
In Latin America, Chorizo Sandwich is as common as one’s daily bread… or even better, Chorizo goes so good with daily bread, hence this marvelous match repeats constantly all along the continent, from Colombian “Choriperro” to its southern cone cousin “Choripan”. The story in La Paz couldn’t be the exception; Chorizo Sandwich is as popular as the shouts of stall vendors calling you to try their foods: -Pase caserito, caseritooo!
Unlike their Latin American similars, this Bolivian Sandwich tend to be more elaborate; and despite an endless discussion of who’s got the best Chorizo recipe, from Galician to Patagonian, the truth is that Chuquisaqueño Chorizos (from Sucre) have a unique taste. They are absolutely tender and juicy, due to a mix of selected cuts of pork, beef and bacon.
Sandwiches are made with freshly fried Chorizos are and served in a country-style bun, round and heavy, garnished with either a fresh salad made out of lettuce, tomato, and red onion; or a warm salad made with carrots, red onion and sauerkraut.
But that’s not all. Even if that seems enough, there are still a dozen of sauces and toppings more to choose from, just to garnish your sandwich (depending on how hungry you are). Apart from common sauces (ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard), you can find a large selection of pickled vegetables including Cauliflower, Red and Green Chillies, Gherkins, Carrots, Green Beans, Black Olives, Broccoli, Spinach, Llajwa (chilli sauce) and the popular herb Quirquiña.
Where? Doña Elvira
Doña Elvira Sandwiches
3rd Floor – Aisle # 14
Evaristo Valle st. / Figueroa
La Paz, Bolivia
Mon – Sat 7:00 – 21:00 / Sun 7:00 – 13:00
$7 BOB ($1 USD)
These Sandwiches are really popular in La Paz and you can find them either in small restaurants, streets or markets. However, Doña Elvira Chorizo Sandwiches, inside Lanza Market, have become a staple of the city. Lanza Market is located at downtown La Paz, just beside San Francisco church, and it’s really easy to get there, as it is close to most of the attractions, including the famous Witches Market.
Get into the building, walk upstairs to the third floor and look for aisle # 14. By the end of this, just in the corner, you will find some Chorizo Sandwich stalls. You can also get directly to the third floor, from the footbridge which is by the end of Comercio Street. There’s no need to ask which one is Doña Elvira Sandwiches stall, as it is the most crowded and also there’s an enormous banner that you can see even from street with her picture on it.
Who’s Doña Elvira?
Elvira Goitía de Medrano is the founder of one of the most visited stalls at Lanza Market, especially after 5 in the afternoon, right after the workday. Thanks to her Chorizo Sandwiches, Elvira brings together dozens of people from all backgrounds, where you can easily meet politicians and people from Bolivian media, turning her stall into a kind of “Public Relations Department” (that’s why we managed to be interviewed by the national news channel).
Elvira’s Grandmother was one of the pioneers of La Paz classic food, who used to sell fruits outside of San Francisco church several years ago. Short time after, Elvira´s mother and grandmother started selling Enrollados de Chancho (Pork Rolls) at Plaza Mayor, following with Chicken Sandwiches and finally they specialized in Chorizo Sandwiches. In 2010, when Lanza Market was built to relocate hundreds of families who had made food their only source of income, Elvira’s family were able to get the stall where they’re still selling in, sort of a compensation for their effort, during decades of restless work in the art of cooking.
After some years as Social Worker for the government, Elvira continued with her mother and grandmother’s business. She decided to improve chorizos recipe, adding some Llama meat to the mix, which makes them unique in La Paz. Her Sandwiches have reached that popularity that she needs four additional people to serve massive flows of costumers. Due to her success and her effort, she’s been able to raise her three children, support her mother and of course for traveling during her holidays. Now she expects to open a new branch in Miraflores neighbourhood to keep pleasing locals and tourists with her Chorizo Sandwiches, considered by everyone, the best in town.
Check Chuquisaqueño Chorizos recipe for your Sandwich at Bolivia.com