Venezuelan cuisine

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Venezuelan cuisine is influenced by its European[1] (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and French), West African, and Native American traditions. Venezuelan cuisine varies greatly from one region to another. Food staples include corn, rice, plantains, yams, beans and several meats.[1][2] Potatoes, tomatoes, onions, eggplants, squashes, spinach and zucchini are also common sides in the Venezuelan diet.

Main dishes[edit]

Name Image Description
Arepa Arepitas Food Macro.jpg Ground maize dough or cooked
Cachapa Cachapas from Venezuela.jpg A maize pancake
Cachitos (de jamón) Cachitos close-up (3175160347).jpg Similar to French croissant filled with ham
Caraotas negras Black beans (1126927794).jpg Black beans, usually eaten at lunch time, with rice, bananas and shredded meat, or pabellón
Casabe Casabe-1.jpg A flat bread made of bitter cassava
Chicharrón Chicharron paisa.jpg Corn dough filled with meat or chicken stew boiled in tomato sauce
Chupe Andino Various stews and soups of the Andes region
Ensalada de pollo Amanida amb pollastre - 1 (4038529600).jpg Chicken salad, usually made with mayo, green cabbage and carrots
Hallaca Hallacas, hallacas, hallacas..jpg Typical Christmas dish, hallacas typically have a mixture of beef, pork, chicken, capers, raisins, and olives wrapped in maize (cornmeal dough), bound with string within plantain leaves, and boiled or steamed afterwards
Huevos pericos Scrambled eggs, butter, sautéed diced onions, and tomatoes; used often to fill an arepa
Hervido de gallina Chicken Vegetable Soup (8731954951).jpg Hen soup
Mandoca Mandocaszulianas.JPG Deep fried cornmeal ring
Mondongo Modongo soup.jpg Soup made from diced tripe and slow cooked vegetables
Pabellón criollo Pabellón Criollo Venezolano.jpg Creole pavilion, the national dish: rice, shredded beef in stew, and stewed black beans
Pastel de pollo ChickenpotpiesopenFeb09.jpg Chicken pot pie
Pastelito Pastelito (comida).jpg Puff pastry, its one of the most famous Venezuelan foods, from the Venezuelan Andes, it is made from corn flour, cheese, and chicken; usually pastelitos are eaten at breakfast[3]
Pasticho Pastitsio.jpg A local version of the Greek dish pastitsio; from the Italian pasticcio[4]
Polenta Polenta con salsicce.jpg Also known as "funche" in some areas of the country

Typical snacks[edit]

Name Image Description
Tequeño P1280403internet.jpg Fried breaded cheese stick
Tostones and patacones Patacones - Barranquilla.jpg Common side dish for fried fish, typically eaten at the beach;[citation needed] also used make the "Zulian patacón" a kind of sandwich made with tostones as a toast[citation needed]
Empanadas Empanadas d'Espagne.jpg Served as snacks by street vendors; can also be eaten for full meal
Papas fritas Pommes-1.jpg A potato snack fried like chips or french fries


A tequeño is prepared with bread dough with queso blanco (white cheese) in the middle.


  • Pan dulce – Spanish for "sweet bread"
  • Pan de jamón – usually filled with ham, olives, and raisins and usually eaten during the Christmas season


Venezuelan dessert called Quesillo

Other foods[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kohnstamm, Thomas; Kohn, Beth. "Venezuela." Lonely Planet. Accessed October 2011.
  2. ^ Brittin, Helen (2011). The Food and Culture Around the World Handbook. Boston: Prentice Hall. pp. 20–21.
  3. ^ "VenezuelaTuya". Venezuela Tuya. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  4. ^ Romero, Aldemaro (21 June 1998). "Pasticho". (Spanish). Archived from the original on 23 March 2002. Retrieved 2006-04-28.

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