Food and Drink in Argentina

Find out about traditional Argentinian cuisine and the typical Argentinian meals, dishes and ingredients to be found throughout the country...

Eating and drinking play an important role in Argentinian culture, as meals are a time where friends and family get together. Mealtimes are an unhurried and often a sit-down affair, although a fast food culture does exist in cities. Drinking herbal tea (yerba-mate) is popular and is usually a social activity. Argentina is home to an impressive selection of regions where wine is produced, and it is also famous for its meat produce.

Argentinian cuisine has diverse influences, but much of it has its roots in Italian cooking. Pasta, meats, potatoes, and desserts are features of many meals. Meat, especially beef, is a large part of the cuisine. Food is often boiled, grilled and stewed. Very little food is fried in Argentina, making for a generally low-fat diet.

There is a great variety in regional dishes, as produce and preparation methods differ from region to region.

Mealtimes

Breakfast is usually between 07:00 and 08:00. This is a light affair consisting of coffee or tea with toast. Lunch is usually between 13:00 and 14:00. Lunch is neither extensive nor heavy, as the main meal of the day is in the evening. Dinner is usually between 21:00 and 23:00, although it can be earlier or later. This is the largest meal of the day. Light snacking between mealtimes is common.