The 8 Best Things about South America

Empanadas

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3. Empanadas

These wonderful pastry pockets make a delicious snack and they exist in various forms all over South America. They usually contain ground beef (carne) or chicken (pollo) but they can also contain anything including shrimp, curry, vegetables and even chocolate. Each country has its own typical recipe – for example the Chilean empanada will usually have ground beef, onions, a chopped hard-boiled egg and one olive. Watch out for the olive pit when you bite into it!