Chivito (sandwich)

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Place of originUruguay
Created byAntonio Carbonara[1]
Main ingredientsBun, churrasco beef, bacon, fried or hard-boiled eggs, ham, black or green olives, mozzarella, tomatoes, mayonnaise
Ingredients in a Chivito sandwich
A Chivito sandwich, with all the trimmings

Chivito is the national dish of Uruguay,[citation needed] It is a thin slice of tender cooked beef steak (churrasco), with mozzarella, tomatoes, mayonnaise, black or green olives, and commonly also bacon, fried or hard-boiled eggs and ham, served as a sandwich in a bun, often accompanied by French fried potatoes.[2][3] Other ingredients, such as red beets, peas, grilled or pan-fried red peppers, and slices of cucumber, may be added.[4][5]

In Argentina a sandwich of this sort is called lomito, with chivito retaining its literal meaning of "kid meat".


Chivito is the diminutive of chivo, goat, and means kid (young goat). In neighbouring Argentina, chivito, barbecued kid, is a popular asado dish; it is reported that the Uruguayan chivito arose in Punta del Este, Uruguay, at a restaurant called "El Mejillón Bar" in 1946, when a woman[6][7][8] from Argentina ordered a sandwich of chivito for a hurried meal, expecting kid.[1] The restaurant owner, Antonio Carbonaro, did not have this meat, and used beef fillet steak instead.[9][10]


The Canadian Chivito (in Spanish chivito canadiense) is a variation of the sandwich, with the addition of panceta ("Canadian bacon").[11]

The chivito can be served as a platter rather than a sandwich (chivito al plato).[10] It is usually served with Russian salad or French fries.

Maldonado, Uruguay[edit]

Maldonado, Uruguay holds a chivito party on a date close to Maldonado Day, October 19. Activities typically include food tasting, children's activities (pony rides, milking cows), and live music.[12] and dance presentations.[13]

The second party was held in Plaza San Fernando on October 19–21, 2012,[14][15] and third on October 17–21, 2013.[16][17][18][19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter 2010 with New Year's Resolutions! Behold, El Chivito!". Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  2. ^ Caskey, Liz (2010). Knack South American Cooking: A Step-by-Step Guide to Authentic Dishes Made Easy. Guilford, CT, USA: Globe Pequot Press. pp. 148–149. ISBN 978-1-59921-918-9.
  3. ^ Bernhardson, Wayne (2008). Moon Buenos Aires. Berkeley, CA, USA: Avalon Travel div. of Perseus Books Group. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-56691-991-3.
  4. ^ "The Best Moments From Anthony Bourdain's Visit to Uruguay on 'Parts Unknown'". Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  5. ^ "A sandwich is just a sandwich, but in Uruguay, the chivito is a national emblem". 2 May 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  7. ^ S.L, Titania Cía Editorial. "El chivito, el sandwich uruguayo que hizo feliz al Che e incomodó a Sabina - Sábado, 08 Noviembre 2014 13:55". El Confidencial.
  8. ^ "El chivito, el sandwich uruguayo que hizo feliz al Che e incomodó a Sabina". La Vanguardia.
  9. ^ "Historia de la creación de "El Chivito"" [History of the creation of "el chivito"]. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Murió el inventor del chivito uruguayo" [The inventor of the "chivito uruguayo" has died]. La Nacion (Buenos Aires, Argentina) (in Spanish). 11 November 2003. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Chivito Canadiense". Radio Nacional (Uruguay) (in Spanish). 8 April 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Municipio de Maldonado". Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Municipio de Maldonado". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  14. ^ Second Chivito Festival in Maldonado (Spanish only)
  15. ^ "Maldonado celebra la Fiesta del Chivito y las tradiciones camperas, Noticias de Maldonado". Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  16. ^ Third Chivito Festival in Maldonado (Spanish only)
  17. ^ "El "Día de Maldonado" y la "3ª Fiesta del Chivito" se vivirán a lo grande - Maldonado Noticias". Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Sigue la Fiesta del Chivito". Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  19. ^ "El Espectador 810".

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