Popular Argentine Food You Should Try on 25 de Mayo

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Popular Argentine food involves a blend of European, indigenous, and African influences. Argentina is famous for its delicious cuisine. From succulent meats to sweet pastries, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

In this blog post, we will explore some of the most popular Argentine food that you should try on 25 de Mayo, Argentina’s National Day. Before starting, here’s a list of important vocabulary to sit at a restaurant or café in a Hispanic country:

Sparkling waterAgua con gas
Still waterAgua sin gas
With / without sugarCon azúcar / sin azúcar
With /without milkCon leche / sin leche
Leave a tipDejar propina
OilEl aceite
SugarEl azúcar
Waiter / waitressEl camarero / la camarera
KnifeEl cuchillo
MenuEl menú
Plate/dishEl plato
Main courseEl plato principal
DessertEl postre
StrawEl sorbete
ForkEl tenedor
Toasted sandwichEl tostado
Drink/cocktailEl trago
GlassEl vaso
BeerLa cerveza
SpoonLa cuchara
The check/billLa cuenta
StarterLa entrada
SodaLa gaseosa
CroissantLa medialuna / la cruasán
PepperLa pimienta
SaltLa sal
Paper napkinsLas servilletas
Gluten freeLibre de gluten
DressingsLos condimentos
CutleryLos cubiertos
OrderOrdenar / pedir
Take a seatTomar asiento

This list is part of  our ebook “Help! I Am Dating an Argentinian: The Ultimate Guide to Learn Argentine Spanish”. Get it now to start speaking Argentine Spanish like a native! 

Pastelitos: The Most Popular Argentine Food To Try on 25 de Mayo

Pastelitos are a traditional Argentine pastry that is often enjoyed during national holidays, such as 25 de Mayo. These sweet treats are made with puff pastry and filled with a variety of fillings, such as dulce de membrillo (quince paste) or batata (sweet potato paste). 

The question “¿Son mejores los pastelitos de membrillo o de batata?” generates heated debates amongst Argentinians. To give them a nice crunch, pastelitos are fried until golden brown and covered with colorful granulated sugar. Pastelitos are a perfect snack to enjoy with mate on 25 de Mayo.

Locro: The Most Traditional Argentine Food

Locro is a traditional Argentine stew that Argentinians often serve during patriotic holidays, such as 25 de Mayo. Usually, we make locro with white corn, pumpkin, beans, meat, and spices. Locro is a hearty and filling dish that is perfect for cold winter days. It is usually served with a side of bread and is a must-try for anyone visiting Argentina.

Use this phrase to order locro at a restaurant in Argentina: “Te pido un plato de locro, por favor.” 

Popular Argentinian Food that I Love: Empanadas Criollas

Empanadas are a staple in Argentine cuisine, and there are many different varieties to try. The criollas are one of the most traditional types of empanadas in Argentina. 

Traditional empanadas criollas  are my favorite. Made with a filling of ground beef, onions, green onions, and spices, and then baked or fried until golden brown, they never disappoint. Empanadas criollas are perfect for a quick snack or a light lunch, and they are sure to satisfy your cravings.

To order empanadas, we tell the seller the amount of empanadas we want. I often order 3 empanadas, but that depends on their size. Argentinians tend to order half a dozen or a dozen empanadas when they order food for a large group. Here are a couple of phrases to order empanadas in Argentine Spanish:

  • Poneme tres empanadas criollas.
  • Te pido media docena de empanadas criollas. 
  • Dame una docena de empanadas criollas, por favor. 

Other Popular Foods in Argentina: Torta Fritas

Torta fritas are a simple yet delicious Argentine bread that is often enjoyed during breakfast or as a snack. They are made with flour, water, and salt, and then fried until golden brown. Torta fritas are often served with mate, and they are a perfect way to start your day on 25 de Mayo.

Check out this interview about “el mate” where la profe Mar tells us more about torta fritas in Argentina. There’s a saying, the most Argentinian way to eat a torta frita is on a rainy day. 


Trying popular Argentine food should definitely be part of your bucket list. Argentina is home to a wide variety of delicious foods, and there’s no better time to try them than on 25 de Mayo. From sweet pastries to savory stews, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

So, if you’re looking for a new culinary adventure, why not try some of these popular Argentine foods? Who knows, you may find your new favorite dish!

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