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A 
Aceite (de oliva)(Olive) oil
AceitunaOlive
AderezoDressing, condiment, seasoning
AgridulceSweet and sour
Agua (con/sin gas)(Sparkling/still) water
AguacateAvocado – Mexico and Central America
Ahumado/aSmoked
AjíChilli pepper
AjoGarlic
AjonjoliSesame
AjiacoPotato and chicken stew
AlbóndigaMeat ball
AlcachofaArtichoke
AlfajoresBiscuit with sweet filling
AlmendraAlmond
AlmejaMussel, clam
Almuerzo (del dia)(Set) lunch
AnanásPineapple
AnchoaAnchovy
AnchovetaAnchovy
AnguilaEel
AnticuchoMeat (often beef heart) skewer –  Peru
ApioCelery
Apanado/aBreaded, flattened steak or chicken fillet
ArenqueHerring
Arepas(Usually filled) corn bread pockets
AresancochoMeat soup – Peru
Arrollado/aRolled (as in Swiss roll)
Arrebosado/aIn batter
ArrozRice
Arroz con lecheRice pudding
ArvejaPea
AtúnTuna
AsadoSelection of barbecued meats
Asado/aRoasted/barbecued
AvePoultry
AvenaOats
AvellanaHazelnut
AzafránSaffron
AzucarSugar
  
B 
BacalaoCod (often salted)
BagreCatfish
BatataSweet potato, yam – Argentina
BatidoSmoothie, shake
BebidaDrink
BerenjenaAubergine
Bien cocido / bien hechoWell done
Bife / biftek / bistekSteak
BocadilloSnack, sandwich
BolaBall
BolloCroquette
BrochetaSkewer, kebab
Buen provechoBon appetit
BudinPudding
  
C  
CabritoKid goat
CacahuetePeanut – Mexico
CacerolaCasserole
CaféCoffee
(Café) cortadoCoffee with a small amount of milk
Café con lecheCoffee with a large amount milk
CalabacínMarrow
CalabacitaCourgette
CalabazaPumpkin, marrow
CaldoBroth (often seafood)
CallosTripe
CalienteHot, warm
CalamaresSquid
CamaronesPrawns, shrimps, crayfish
CanastaBasket (eg of bread)
CanelaCinnamon
CanelonesCannelloni pasta
CangrejoCrab
CarapulcraDried potato and pork stew – Peru, Bolivia
CarbonadaMeat stew with fruit – Chile, Peru
CarneMeat
Carne de resBeef
Carta de vinosWine list
CáscaraSkin, peel
CascoShell
CastañaChestnut
CausaMashed potato dish, usually with seafood and mayonnaise
CaymitoOrange fruit with succulent flesh
CazuelaThick stew or casserole
CebadaBarley
CebollaOnion
CebolletasChives, spring onions
CenaDinner
CentenoRye bread
CentollaKing crab – Chile, Argentina
CerdoPork
CervezaBeer
Ceviche/cebicheFresh fish marinated in lime juice and chilli
Chactado/aSeared
ChampiñonesMushrooms
ChanchoPork – Andean region
ChapulinesFried grasshoppers
Charqui / charqueDried meat (jerky)
ChauchaRunner bean
ChaufaChinese fried rice
ChichaFermented maize drink
ChicharronesDeep-fried pork pieces
ChifaChinese-influenced cuisine – Peru
ChilaquilesSpicy tortillas – Mexico
Chino/aChinese
ChirimoyaCustard apple
Chivato/chivoKid goat
ChocloCorn
CholgaLarge mussel
ChoppDraught lager
ChoroMussel
ChuletaCutlet, chop
ChupeSeafood stew with potato
ChurrascoBarbecued or grilled meat
ChurrosBattered, sugared snacks, similar to doughnuts
CigalesCrayfish
CilantroCoriander
CiruelaPlum
CoberturaTopping
CocaCoca leaf
CocaCoca Cola
CocidoThick soup or stew (also: cooked)
CocoCoconut
CoctelCocktail
ColCabbage
ColaTail
ColiflorCauliflower
CompletoHot dog – Chile
Conchas / conchitasScallops
ConejoRabbit
ConservaJam
Congelado/aFrozen
CorazónHeart
CorderoLamb, mutton
CorvinaSea bass
CostillaRib
CremaCream (also: cream of... soup)
A la criollaCreole-style
CroquetaCroquette
Crudo/aRaw
CubiertoCover charge
CuyGuinea pig
D
DatilDate (fruit)
DesayunoBreakfast
DoradoMahi mahi (large ocean fish)
DulceSweet
Dulce de lecheCaramelised condensed milk
DuraznoPeach
E
EscabecheLightly pickled chicken or fish
EloteSweetcorn – Mexico
EmpanadaPasty
Empanado/aBreaded
Encebollado/aWith onions
Enchilado/aWith chillis
EnsaladaSalad
En su tintaIn its own ink (squid)
EntradasStarters
Envuelto/aWrapped
EspárragosAsparagus
EspinacaSpinach
EstofadoStew
 
F 
FiambreCooked cold meats
FideosNoodles
FrambuesaRaspberry
FrancesFrench
FresaStrawberry
Frijoles (refritos)(Refried) beans
FritangaGrilled pork
FritasChips (fries)
FrutaFruit
Frutos de marSeafood
FrutillaStrawberry – Argentina, Chile
G
GalletaBiscuit
GallinaChicken
GambaKing prawn
GansoGoose
GarbanzoChickpea
GaseosaFizzy drink
GelatinaJelly
Glaseado/aGlazed
GuajaloteTurkey – Mexico
GuayabaGuava
GuisoGravy, stew
Al gustoAs you like it
H
HabasBroad beans
HamburguesaHamburger
a la HawaiianaWith pineapple
HeladoIce cream (also: frozen)
Hervido/aBoiled
HieloIce
HierbaHerb
HigadoLiver
HigoFig
HongosMushrooms
Al hornoOven-baked
A la huancaínaIn a cheese and chilli sauce – Peru
HuevoEgg
Huevo fritoFried egg
Huevo pasado/cocidoSoft/hard-boiled egg
Huevos revueltosScrambled egg
  
I 
ImpuestoTax, VAT
  
J
JaleaFried mixed seafood – Peru (elsewhere: jelly)
JamónHam
A la jardineraWith mixed veg (and usually mayonnaise)
JarabeSyrup
JarraJar, carafe
JengibreGinger
JerézSherry
JugoJuice
JudiaBean
Jugoso/aRare (juicy)
K
Keke / quequeCake (usually sponge)
L
LangostaLobster
LangostinoCrayfish or prawn
LasañaLasagne
LechónSuckling pig
LechugaLettuce
LegumbresVegetables
LenguaTongue
LenguadoSole
LentejaLentil
LicuadoMixed fruit juice (often with milk)
LimaLime
LimónLemon (can also be lime)
LimonadaLemonade
LocroThick soup or stew with corn or potato
Lomo / lomitoHigh-quality beef
Lomo saltadoStir-fry of beef, chips and vegetables – Peru
LúcumaSweet fruit (often used in ice cream) – Peru, Chile
M
MacarronesMacaroni
A la madrileñaIn tomato sauce
ManiPeanut (except Mexico)
MantequillaButter
ManzanaApple
A la marineraWith seafood
MariscosSeafood
MatambreMeat roll
MedialunaCroissant – Argentina
MermeladaJam
(A la) milanesaBreadcrumbed
Mole (poblano)Chilli and chocolate sauce (usually with chicken or turkey) – Mexico
Molido/aMinced
MorcillaBlack pudding or blood sausage
MostazaMustard
N
NaboTurnip
NaranjaOrange
NuezNut (especially walnut)
O
OssobucoSmall veal cutlets – Argentina
OstraOyster
P
PalmitoPalm heart
PaltaAvocado – South America
PanBread
Pankeke / panquequePancake
PanecilloRoll
Pan tostadoToast
PapaPotato
Papa a la huancaínaBoiled potato in cheese and chilli sauce
Papa rellenaStuffed potato
Papas fritasChips (fries)
Papas sancochadasBoiled potatoes
A la parrilla / parillado/aGrilled
PasasRaisins
PastelPastry, cake
Patita/patitosTrotter
PatoDuck
PavoTurkey
Pecho / pechugaBreast (poultry)
PepinoCucumber
PerejilParsley
PeraPear
PescadoFish
PicanteSpicy
PicaronesSweet batter rings served with honey
PimentónPepper (capsicum)
PiñaPineapple
PiscoPeruvian/Chilean grape brandy
PlátanoBanana, plantain
A lo pobre(Steak) with onions, topped with fried egg
A la polacaPolish-style
PolloChicken
PomeloGrapefruit
PorciónHelping, portion
PorotosBeans – Argentina, Chile
PostreDessert
PuercoPig, pork
PulpoOctopus
PuréMashed potato
Q
QuesadillaFolded, grilled tortilla with cheese – Mexico
QuesoCheese
Queso fundidoMelted cheese (like fondue)
R
RábanoRadish
RaboTail
Rabo de bueyOxtail
RalladoDesiccated, grated
Rebozado/aBattered
RefrescoSoft drink
Relleno/aStuffed
RepolloCabbage – Chile
ResBeef
RóbaloHaddock
Rocoto rellenoStuffed chillis – Peru
RiñonKidney
RonRum
S
SalSalt
Salado/aSalted
SalchichaSausage
SalpicónChopped veg and shredded beef
SalsaSauce
Saltado/aChopped up
SancochadoInexpensive meat stew
SandíaWatermelon
Seco de...Single piece of stewed meat without juices
SemillaSeed
SetasWild mushrooms
Shop / SchoppDraught beer
SopaSoup
SubmarinoHot chocolate – Argentina, club sandwich – Ecuador
Sudado de...Stew of...
Suprema de polloChicken supreme
Surtido/aAssorted
T
TacoFilled Mexican tortilla
Tacu tacuStir-fry of rice, beans, peppers and onions
TallarinesSpaghetti, noodles
Tea
TimbalMeat pie
TocinoBacon
TomateTomato
ToronjaGrapefruit
TortaRich cake – not Mexico; sandwich (often made with tortillas) – Mexico
TortillaOmelette – not Mexico; corn or wheat flatbread – Mexico
TostadasToast (plural)
U
UvaGrape
V
Al vaporSteamed
VerdurasVegetables
Vino (tinto/blanco)(Red/white) wine
Y
YemaEgg yolk
YucaCassava, manioc
Z
ZanahoriaCarrot
ZapalloPumpkin
Zarzo/zarzamoraBlackberry
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

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