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5 typical Pantanal dishes to try when you go there

travel to the region corumbá, in Mato Grosso do Sul, includes one of the best things about any trip: gastronomy. But which ones typical dishes from the Pantanal?

The Pantanal cuisine is very varied and its simplicity is a hallmark, inherited from the customs of the pedestrians who, to this day, cross the flooded pastures in entourage.

5 typical dishes from the Pantanal

The local cuisine includes meat, fish, pasta and is even influenced by the Paraguayan culture. Even eating well is one of the things when the question is what to do in the Pantanal, as we have already published in another post.

In this post, we list some of the main ones for you to try once you go there.

Carreteiro rice

Perhaps this is the flagship of Pantanal cuisine. Unlike the gaucho dish, here it has carne soleada (intermediate between carne de sol and beef jerky). The importance in regional cuisine arose precisely with the pawns for the ease of being made.

And you have to eat this dish first thing in the morning, to have the energy to face the work in the field. It’s delicious. We tried it during our visit to São João Farmat Pantanal Park Road.

piranha broth

Typical dishes of the Pantanal - Broth of Piranha (Photo: Esse Mundo É Nosso)

It is another champion in the preference of the pantaneiro and is very easy to be found in bars and restaurants. It whets your appetite like no one else.

Entourage noodles

Typical dishes from the Pantanal - Entourage Macarrão (Photo: Instagram @alecrim_sabores)
[Instagram: @alecrim_sabores]

Also known as Macarrão de Boiadeiro or Pantaneiro, this dish is made with dried meat. The novelty is the fact that first the dough is fried while still raw and only then cooked.

chipa

Typical dishes from the Pantanal - Chipa (Photo: Instagram @natifascetta)
[Instagram: @natifascetta]

Next to the Carreteiro rice, the chipa became our favorite among the typical dishes of the Pantanal. It is a biscuit of Paraguayan origin that is very similar to cheese bread, but with its own consistency and flavor.

We’ve even published a chipa recipe here if you want to make it at home.

Pacu ribs

Typical dishes of the Pantanal - Ribs of Pacu (Photo: Esse Mundo É Nosso)

Among the different types of fish present in Pantanal cuisine, pacu drew attention for the way it is prepared. The breaded fish ribs are an excellent appetizer, crispy and very tasty.

In fact, in Corumbá we recommend the dish served at Bar do Gelson, which has a beautiful view of the Paraguay River.

These are just some of the dishes that make up the simple but rich Pantanal cuisine. In Corumbá you can find more sophisticated reinterpretations in bistros and restaurants.

Rafael Carvalho

A fan of chicken with okra and a good beer from Minas Gerais, he currently lives in São Paulo. He has a degree in Radio and TV, a postgraduate degree in Journalism and has been working with Digital Content for over 16 years. He has worked for companies such as SBT and Jovem Pan FM. Passionate about travel, he founded Esse Mundo É Nosso and travels around Brazil and the world all year round, always looking for tips to share.

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