Chivito (sandwich)

Chivito is the national dish of Uruguay.[2][3] It is a thin slice of tender cooked beef steak (churrasco), with mozzarella, ham, tomatoes, mayonnaise and black or green olives, and commonly also bacon, fried or hard-boiled eggs, served as a sandwich in a bun, often accompanied by French fried potatoes.[4][5] Other ingredients, such as red beets, peas, grilled or pan-fried red peppers, and slices of cucumber, may be added.[6][7]

Place of originUruguay
Created byAntonio Carbonara[1]
Main ingredientsBun, churrasco beef, bacon, fried or hard-boiled eggs, ham, black or green olives, mozzarella, tomatoes, mayonnaise
Ingredients in a Chivito sandwich
A Chivito sandwich, with all the trimmings

In Argentina a sandwich of this sort is called lomito.


Chivito is the diminutive of chivo, goat, and means kid (young goat). In neighbouring Argentina, chivito, barbecued kid, is a popular asado dish; it is reported that the Uruguayan chivito arose in Punta del Este, Uruguay, at a restaurant called "El Mejillón Bar" in 1946, when a woman[8][9][10] from Argentina ordered a sandwich of chivito for a hurried meal, expecting kid.[1] The restaurant owner, Antonio Carbonaro, did not have this meat, and used beef fillet steak instead.[11][12]


The Canadian Chivito (in Spanish chivito canadiense) is a variation of the sandwich, with the addition of panceta.[13]

The chivito can be served as a platter rather than a sandwich (chivito al plato).[12] It is usually served with Russian salad or French fries.

Maldonado, UruguayEdit

Maldonado, Uruguay, holds a chivito party on a date close to Maldonado Day, October 19. Activities typically include food tasting, children's activities (pony rides, milking cows), and live music.[14] and dance presentations.[15]

The second party was held in Plaza San Fernando on October 19–21, 2012,[16][17] and third on October 17–21, 2013.[18][19][20][21]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "The World's Best Street Food".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Burford, Tim. "Bradt Travel Guide Uruguay".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Caskey, Liz (2010). Knack South American Cooking: A Step-by-Step Guide to Authentic Dishes Made Easy. Guilford, CT, USA: Globe Pequot Press. pp. 148–149. ISBN 978-1-59921-918-9.
  5. ^ Bernhardson, Wayne (2008). Moon Buenos Aires. Berkeley, CA, USA: Avalon Travel div. of Perseus Books Group. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-56691-991-3.
  6. ^ "The Best Moments From Anthony Bourdain's Visit to Uruguay on 'Parts Unknown'". Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  7. ^ "A sandwich is just a sandwich, but in Uruguay, the chivito is a national emblem". 2 May 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  9. ^ S.L, Titania Cía Editorial. "El chivito, el sandwich uruguayo que hizo feliz al Che e incomodó a Sabina - Sábado, 08 Noviembre 2014 13:55". El Confidencial.
  10. ^ "El chivito, el sandwich uruguayo que hizo feliz al Che e incomodó a Sabina". La Vanguardia.
  11. ^ "Historia de la creación de "El Chivito"" [History of the creation of "el chivito"]. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Murió el inventor del chivito uruguayo" [The inventor of the "chivito uruguayo" has died]. La Nacion (Buenos Aires, Argentina) (in Spanish). 11 November 2003. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Chivito Canadiense". Radio Nacional (Uruguay) (in Spanish). 8 April 2017. Archived from the original on 28 December 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Municipio de Maldonado". Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Municipio de Maldonado". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  16. ^ Second Chivito Festival in Maldonado (Spanish only)
  17. ^ "Maldonado celebra la Fiesta del Chivito y las tradiciones camperas, Noticias de Maldonado". Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  18. ^ Third Chivito Festival in Maldonado (Spanish only)
  19. ^ "El "Día de Maldonado" y la "3ª Fiesta del Chivito" se vivirán a lo grande - Maldonado Noticias". Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Sigue la Fiesta del Chivito". Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  21. ^ "El Espectador 810".

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External linksEdit

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