Argentine Cuisine: The Gaucho Diet


A "gaucho" in the historical sense was a "mestizo" (a person of European and Amerindian descent) who inhabited Argentina, Uruguay and some parts of Brazil. Nowadays, the term is still widely used but only to imply a country person with particular expertise in cattle ranching.

The Gaucho diet was simple: protein rich, every dish consisted of beef steak in some format which was supplemented by "yerba mate", a herbal infusion rich in caffeine and nutrients, drunk with a metal straw called a "bombilla". The drink is still widely consumed in Argentina in this traditional way.