Venezuelan food is coastal, Andean, and tropical with European influences (especially Italian, Spanish, and French) as well as traditional dishes from native cultures, and Africa. Each region of Venezuela puts its own spin on the same dish.
In general, coconut, plantains, seafood, goat, corn, and pasta dishes are all part of the mix that makes up Venezuelan cuisine.
Along the coastline, fish, shellfish, fish soups, fish stews, and dishes with coconut are abundant. In the mountainous regions of the... Andes, the food is quite different.
Whereas arepas (a type of bread or pancake) are traditionally made with cornmeal everywhere else in Venezuela, in the Andes, they are made with wheat. Also common in the Andes are cured meats and sausages and freshwater trout from the many Andean lakes and streams.
In the tropical regions of the Amazon, yucca, corn, beans, bananas, turtles, tapirs, monkeys, birds, and deep-fried ants are the order of the day. A typical bread is casabe, made out of yucca flour.
Known for the high quality of its beef and low prices, Venezuelans boast parillas (mixed grill), muchacho (roast beef), solomo (sirloin), and lomito (steak).
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Venezuelan Appetizer and Soup Recipes
If there was an iconic Venezuelan party food, it would probably be tequeños. These fried dough balls or sticks are filled with gooey white cheese and served at home parties all the way up to elaborate weddings as an hors d'oeuvres with cocktails.
- Tequeños (Fried Cheese Sticks) Recipe
- Patacónes (Fried Green Plantain) Recipe
- Guasacaca (Avocado Salsa) Recipe
- Chunky-Style Guasacaca Recipe
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Venezuelan Snack, Bread, and Sandwich Recipes
One of the national dishes of Venezuela is the arepa, a cornmeal cake that can be grilled, baked or fried. Typically, it is split open and filled with a variety of delicious meats and cheeses, or eaten plain in place of bread at most meals.
- Arepas (Corn Cakes) Recipe
- Cachitos (Ham Croissants) Recipe
- Pepito (Beef or Chicken Sandwich) Recipe
- Arepas With Pulled Pork Recipe
- Pan de Jamón (Ham and Olive Bread) Recipe
- Arepas con Huevo (Corncakes with Eggs) Recipe
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Venezuelan Main Course Recipes
One of Venezuela's national dishes, probably due to its excellent beef products, is the pabellón criollo, a simple dish of shredded beef and black beans served on a bed of white rice. It is almost always accompanied by a fried egg or fried plantain. During Lent, the beef is replaced with fish.
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Venezuelan Side Dish RecipesContinue to 5 of 6 below.
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Venezuelan Beverage Recipes
It can get pretty hot in parts of Venezuela and refreshing, cold beverages like smoothies are a particular favorite.
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Venezuelan Dessert Recipes
Similar to flan, quesillo, made with egg yolks and syrup like a custard, is a popular Venezuelan dessert. Contrary to the name, there is no cheese in this dish. Outside of Venezuela, however, quesillo is a savory dish that does contain cheese!