This page features traditional recipes of Paraguay as well as others I and fellow volunteer friends have improvised using local ingredients. More are added as I learn to make them myself or receive recipes shared by friends in Paraguay. If you are reading from outside Paraguay, I hope you’ll give some of the local dishes a try and let me know what you think! Re’utase (you’ll want to eat!)
If you are a volunteer, these offer creative meal ideas using local ingredients, many of which are also well-received by your Paraguayan counterparts in cooking classes and women’s or kids’ groups. If you’re a PCV and would like to add your favorite Paraguayan recipe, send me a note!
And for volunteers at PCPY here are some modern options:
TRADITIONAL PARAGUAYAN DISHES FROM MY NEIGHBORS
Mandio chyryry (sounds like mandio shoo-doo-doo)- my most favorite traditional Paraguayan dish, which I eat every morning for breakfast!
Usually eaten for breakfast on special days (this is not a typical Paraguayan breakfast) but it’s so good, this is one of two favorites Paraguayan kids will request for their birthday lunch too.
*I recently started adding curry, cayenne pepper and cinnamon – wow! A must-try!
Rorá (some folks compare this to grits)– a traditional Paraguayan dish
Usually eaten for breakfast or as an easy dinner.
Mbeju (pronounce mbay- JOO)– a traditional Paraguayan dish
Usually eaten for breakfast or as an easy dinner. Looks like a crumbly pancake.
Sopa Paraguaya- a traditional Paraguayan cornbread, recipe courtesy Ña Eligia, the señora in one of my favorite families
Usually made for special occasions like birthdays, Christmas, or volunteer birthdays! 🙂
Chipa Guazu- a traditional Paraguayan cornbread (similar to Sopa Paraguaya but made with FRESH corn), recipe courtesy Ña Eligia, the señora in one of my favorite families
Ña Ester’s Homemade Yeast Bread Recipe
Crema – a traditional Paraguayan custard-like dessert, recipe courtesy AnaMaria Gomez Silgueira from my original host family
For additional traditional Paraguayan recipes visit –http://www.tembiuparaguay.com/ (Tembi’u is ‘food’ in Guarani). If you don’t read Spanish, Google Translate is helpful or use Google Chrome for a web browser and it will offer to translate for you. 🙂
RECIPES FROM VOLUNTEERS USING LOCAL PARAGUAYAN INGREDIENTS
Cinnamon Rolls from Jessica Wilson (fellow Peace Corps Paraguay volunteer)
Banana Pancakes (Flourless Gluten-Free)- by Kelsey Levering (fellow Peace Corps Paraguay volunteer)
Mix 1 very ripe banana with 2 eggs and sugar to taste. Cook in oiled skillet just like pancakes. So sweet and moist you won’t need butter or syrup!
Passion Fruit Flour Pancakes (Gluten-Free)- by yours truly
Meat Slop – Perfect for the meat-eating PCV with inexpensive ingredients you can find anywhere in Paraguay! Only minimal cooking skills required.
Four Easy-to-make-in-Paraguay Recipes from Emily Wang (fellow Peace Corps Paraguay volunteer)
Chunky vegetable soup with chickpeas recipe – by Dani Bulinski (fellow Peace Corps Paraguay volunteer)
Rice with tuna- by Kelsey Levering (fellow Peace Corps Paraguay volunteer)
Boil rice. When rice is done, add your preference of cheese, maybe a little salt and pepper and mix in a can of tuna.
Recipe for Rice and Veggie Mescla- a Wendy original based on a traditional Paraguayan dish
Sweet Potatoes – a buffet of stuffed sweet potato ideas from Huffington Post. PCVs may not find all the ingredients here in PY but we know they are a creative bunch and will be inspired to make some alternative versions. Enjoy!
Tiffany’s Yeast Bread Recipe (fellow Peace Corps Paraguay volunteer)
My best friend and fellow Peace Corps Volunteer, Tiffany Larsen, shared this recipe for yeast bread. It also makes great pizza crust (actually makes enough for 3 pizzas or any combo of bread, rolls, pizza you want!) I might have changed the measurements a tad or not. I don’t remember but this is the version I used the other day and it made a large loaf of bread (see photo) and a pizza which both came out DELICIOUS!!! If you are a fellow PCV, this recipe is very popular among local senoras and will make you a hero if you teach your neighbors to make it. Great activity for women’s or kids’ groups, while visiting families, for them to sell as fundraisers, to bring as a potluck contribution, etc.
Flatbread Pizza Crust (or flatbread for dipping with hummus)
Wendy’s Banana Bread Recipe
Wendy’s Original Apple-Guava Sauce (sugar-free)
This comes out like applesauce. Quick and easy to make and tasty!
Wendy’s Orange Marmalade – Super easy and wildly popular with Paraguayans! A great project for women’s clubs and cooking classes and practical, yummy way to use extra fruit during citrus season.
Passion Fruit Marmalade (Mermelada de Mburucuya)- Super easy with minimum sugar! A great project for women’s clubs and cooking classes and practical, yummy way to use extra fruit.
Paraguayans have given me a mixed reaction on this. Some love it, some don’t. It’s super refreshing for hot summer days! If you’re a PCV and would like a SCOBY to start your own, give me a shout. I have lots of extras to share!