Lovers of all things beef will have few complaints when visiting Argentina. But those with an inclination toward vegetarian fare often gripe about the limited options available.
While it’s nearly impossible to avoid the ubiquitous Argentine barbecue known as asado, diners who give veggies top billing can still enjoy meat-free dishes here, such as the buñuelos de acelga (swiss chard fritters) featured below.
Buñuelos or fritters form part of the cuisine of many different cultures. In Argentina, buñuelos may be savory or sweet. Savory buñuelos like the ones in the following recipe, which incorporate Swiss chard, are usually included as part of lunch or dinner, while sweet buñuelos are often enjoyed with a mate. Argentines also prepare a smaller version of these fritters known as bocadillos.
Feel free to substitute spinach for Swiss chard in this recipe if it’s not available in your area.