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A choripan is a popular sandwich in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Uruguay. The name comes from the combination of its ingredients: a grilled chorizo and a crusty bread such as a marraqueta or baguette.
Choripan in various countries
The Argentine choripan consists of a sausage made out of beef and pork, hot off the grill, split down the middle, and served on a roll. The chorizo may be used whole or cut in half lengthwise, in this case it is called a mariposa (butterfly). It is customary to add sauces on the bread, most likely chimichurri.
Choripanes are commonly served as an appetizer during the preparation of an asado, but they are also very commonly sold at sport venues (particularly football games) and on the sides of roads and streets in major cities in Argentina. Taxi cab drivers in Buenos Aires are avid consumers and some street sellers can gather a long line of cabs during lunch time and afternoons when drivers get their lunch break.
Consumed as an appetizer during asados, Chilean choripanes are very popular among youngsters and are sold at football events. Most Chileans top choripanes with mayonnaise, but aji and pebre is commonly used. despite its name Chilean choripanes are made with longanizas instead of chorizos.
Usually sold in bakeries ("panaderias"), they consist of a Spanish style chorizo such as chistorra or cantimpalo, pickles and mayonnaise inside a typical home made Puerto rican bread called "pan de agua". Other ingredients may be added, Manchego cheese and Ketchup being popular ones.
Like in Argentina, the chorizo may be used whole or cut in half lengthwise. Usually the sauce chimichurri is used.
In the U.S., they are commonly available at lunch counters in Miami's Cuban diners and cafes, where the sandwich is customarily served on Cuban bread and topped with raw or fried onion and popularly eaten with a tropical fruit shake.
Argentine Choripan Recipe
Choripan and other street food in Buenos Aires
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