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Type Sandwich
Place of origin Rio de la Plata region (Argentina)[1]
Main ingredients Crusty bread (marraqueta or baguette), chorizo
Cookbook: Choripán  Media: Choripán

Choripán (plural: choripanes) is a type of sandwich with chorizo popular in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and southern Brazil. The name comes from the combination of the names of its ingredients: a grilled chorizo (sausage) and a pan (crusty bread) such as a marraqueta or baguette.[2][3]

Choripán in various countries[edit]

A choripán street vendor of 1925.
Street sale of choripanes in Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires, Argentina during a political rally. There are no permanent choripán sellers in Plaza de Mayo.
Homemade choripán with chorizo sausage recently hot off from an asado grill.


The Argentine choripán consists of a sausage made out of beef and pork, hot off the grill, split down the middle, and served on a roll.[4] The chorizo may be used whole or cut in half lengthwise, in which case it is called a mariposa (butterfly). It is customary to add sauces on the bread, most likely chimichurri.

Choripanes are commonly served as an appetizer during the preparation of an asado, but they are also very commonly sold at sport venues (particularly football games) and on the sides of roads and streets in major cities in Argentina. Taxi cab drivers in Buenos Aires are avid consumers and some street sellers can gather a long line of cabs during lunch time and afternoons when drivers get their lunch break.


The Brazilian choripán is called salchipão and is made with French bread and pork sausage. It is sometimes served as an appetizer during the preparation of a churrasco, but is usually served as a casual meal, served with a cold beer. People in Southern Brazil sometimes prepare salchipães as a substitute for barbecues, because they are much easier and quicker to make - so, they can be prepared on a short notice.


Chilean choripanes are very popular, particularly consumed as a classic appetizer during asados. Traditionally served in marraqueta and topped with aji and pebre, also mayonnaise is commonly used. Chilean choripanes are also made with longanizas instead of chorizos.

Puerto Rico[edit]

Usually sold in bakeries ("panaderías"), they consist of a Spanish-style chorizo such as chistorra or cantimpalo, pickles and mayonnaise inside a typical home made Puerto Rican bread called "pan de agua". Other ingredients may be added, Manchego cheese and ketchup being popular ones.


The chorizo is sausage made of pork, may be used whole or cut in half lengthwise. Usually the sauce chimichurri is used as well as mayonnaise, sometimes uruguayans tend to add tomatoes and lettuce. It's served in baguette or in "pan catalán" (sliced soft bread roll), except in football matches where is served in simple bread roll or bun (like hamburguers). Unlike in Argentina, chorizo is not only used as an appetizer but also as a garnish for the asado.


In the U.S., they are commonly available at lunch counters in Miami's Cuban diners and cafes, where the sandwich is customarily served on Cuban bread and topped with raw or fried onion and popularly eaten with a tropical fruit shake.


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