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CHORIPAN. BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Choripan, Argentinean as Football.

Being an Argentinean implies love for meat… meat in Argentina implies barbecue… and a proper Argentinean barbecue does imply Choripan. Simple equation. There are only few chances to find someone in this country who doesn’t enjoy a good Sunday barbecue, and probably there’s not a single “Asado” (Argentinean barbecue), where they don’t serve Choripan, or “Chori” as they call it as well, as starter.

Choripan, an abbreviation for CHORIZO (sausage) + PAN (bread), is the most common starter of every single Sunday barbecue. As in many other places of the planet, the marriage between sausage and bun is one of the happiest and will last forever, either if they call it Hot Dog, Würstl, Choriperro or “Chori”. It is a real winner, delicious, cheap, fast and especially simple. Just grab a nice fresh chorizo perfectly grilled as the street vendors do, put it on a white baguette and spread a full spoon of chimichurri (an olive oil topping sauce with garlic, oregano, parsley and chili) all over it.

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Since mid XIX century, Gauchos (Argentinean cowboys) from La Plata river area, used to serve black pudding and chorizo in a piece of bread as a snack during their barbecues, while they awaited for the beef to be done. This tradition has been kept throughout the years but now in the urban areas. Chori is nowadays considered the King of Street Foods in Argentina and it’s one of the most common dishes during family parties, political preaches and especially before the matches, around the stadiums, because, as you may know, Choripan is as Argentinean as football.

Where?  Miguel’s Choris

Miguel’s Choris

Mataderos Fair

Lisandro de la Torre Ave. /Tandil

Opposite to Chicago Carwash

Mataderos

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Opening Hours:

Sundays and Bank Holidays 11:30 – 19:00

Price (Unit):

$10 ARS ($1.13 USD)

There are several restaurants that include it on their menu, but there’s nothing like a street Choripan, on Sundays, at Mataderos Fair in Buenos Aires. Unlike the overcrowded San Telmo Fair, Mataderos is a tourists-free one, to really feel Gauchos culture, among the locals, in the middle of a vibrant street party, enjoying popular Pampa music or the incredibly contagious cumbia villera (cumbia from the slums).

To get to this Fair, head to Mataderos (slaughters) neighbourhood. The fair is open only on Sundays and bank holidays, and it is the core of the popular traditions of Argentina. It includes more than 300 stalls of handcrafts and foods, where you can have a glimpse of the Gauchos pride, with mate, wine, dances and traditional snacks.

Miguel Ángel, a role model for everyone

54 year-old Miguel Ángel Unzurrunzaga, has french-vasc ancestors. He and his wife have been selling Choripan for seven years, but they have been cooking for long, since a close friend taught Miguel Angel the art of making barbecues. He has to supervise his Choripan cart and his clothing stall, both at Mataderos Fair all day long, moving from one to another. When chatting with him, we felt a very nice attitude and a brilliant mind despite of being on a wheelchair. He is a man of steel with a positive way of thinking that every one of us should have.

"Los Choris de Miguel"
Miguel Ángel Unzurrúnzaga. Buenos Aires, Argentina

He’s got burgers available in his cart as well, but Choris are the real stars of the show. They are really good, soft and juicy, thanks to his own recipe for chorizos, that include a mix of pork, beef, spices and the most important, natural pork tripe, not the artificial one, as most use.

Miguel Ángel and his wife have five children and due to his effort and commitment with his business, has made of Choris his source of income and the way to achieve his life goals. He is a happy man; however, as anyone else, sometimes he’s got his own “quilombos” (the very local word for “problems”) as he points. Now he wishes to get a small truck for the business, to help him move faster, save on transportation and be more independent.

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Hungry for one? Check the Choripan recipe at SBS

Sandwich de Chorizo / La Paz, Bolivia

Chorizo Sandwich. La Paz, Bolivia

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.

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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

Lanza Market

3rd Floor – Aisle # 14

Evaristo Valle st. / Figueroa

La Paz, Bolivia

Opening Hours:

Mon – Sat 7:00 – 21:00 / Sun 7:00 – 13:00

Price:

$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).

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LA PAZ – BOLIVIA / Elvira Goitía

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.

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Check Chuquisaqueño Chorizos recipe for your Sandwich at Bolivia.com