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21 Jun

3 Delicious & Affordable Treats in Buenos Aires

If you’re planning a trip to Argentina, you may be most excited about all the delicious cuisine that Buenos Aires has to offer. Here is just a sampling of affordable treats that you can snack on during your stay.


You may be familiar with the empanada, a baked or fried handheld pocket filled with savory deliciousness. In Buenos Aires, you can find them on pretty much any city block, and you will quickly discover that each type of empanada has a characteristic fold that distinguishes standard flavors from one another. The most popular ones are:

  • Beef
  • Spicy beef
  • Ham and cheese
  • Cheese and onion
  • Corn
  • Tomato, cheese, and basil
  • Swiss chard with a bechamel sauce

The general rule of thumb for empanadas is that one or two are a snack, and three or more are a meal. An empanada will rarely be more than $2.


In Buenos Aires, hole-in-the-wall restaurants and mobile cart specialize in grilled meats and sandwiches quite often. The term parrilla refers to both the vendors and to the grill itself. When you order from one of these establishments, you can choose your favorite cuts, like pork shoulder, boneless steak, flanks, or filets, and then slather the meat with chimichurri or other sauces. If you ask for your meat to be done completo, the grill master will add lettuce, tomato, ham, and cheese. If you order it a caballo, you can get it topped with a fried egg. The bread is not the highest quality at many of these establishments, but the meat is well worth it, especially at the price point.


Milanesa is a lot like schnitzel and is an incredibly affordable, meat-and-potatoes comfort food that anyone can enjoy. This dish is made with veal or chicken that pounded into thin pieces, then breaded and deep-fried before being dressed with a wide variety of toppings. The most popular is kind is probably milanesa napolitana, which features tomato sauce, cheese, and ham. Milanesa often comes with a side of mashed potatoes or french fries and can be served as a main course or in a sandwich.

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