Delicacies from Formosa, in a Menu of Four Steps

A journey through the cookery of the Norte Grande

Treasures of the Norte Grande

Bordered by the rivers Pilcomayo, Paraguay, Bermejo, and Teuco, Formosa is a paradise of biodiversity. Culturally, it is marked by the legacy of its indigenous people, Spanish colonization, and the Jesuit missions in the 18th century.

The gastronomy of Formosa is a very valuable cultural heritage that is passed down through families, from generation to generation, and associated with many emotional moments in a person’s life, and in the ties of a community.

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Sopa paraguaya

One of the most popular recipes among families in Formosa. It is a baked dish made from corn starch, eggs, cheese, and onion.

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The curious part is that many visitors who are not familiar with sopa paraguaya (which, literally translated, means Paraguayan soup) are surprised to discover that this dish is a solid soup, so to speak, and not a traditional soup.

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Empanadas from Formosa

Aside from the fish empanadas, the charqui empanada (from the Quechua term charki, a type of dehydrated meat typical in Andean and southern regions of South America) is one of the most representative of the province.

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For the charqui filling, the meat is boiled until soft enough to cut into pieces, and then ground in a mortar, before being mixed with tomato purée, garlic, vegetables, egg, and chili powder. Once cooled, the discs are filled and then fried in hot fat.

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Buffalo meat burger

A new gastronomic offering in Formosa, which is growing in popularity among visitors. The raw ingredient is meat from buffalo farms in the province, which is celebrated as a lean, tasty meat.


A staple in every kitchen in north-east Argentina, cassava is delicious fried or baked, and is often used as a natural substitute for potato in many typical dishes of the region.

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Papaya jelly with cheese

Papaya is a typical fruit that is widespread and well known in a large part of the north of the country. Together with artisan cheese, it constitutes the seal of quality and identification in Formosa.

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Papaya jelly with cheese is, without doubt, one of the most typical desserts in the region, and the most popular among visitors.

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Province of Formosa, Ministry of Tourism/Editing: Diego Marinelli

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