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Place of origin Uruguay
Created byAntonio Carbonara[1]
Main ingredientsBun, churrasco beef, bacon, fried or hard-boiled eggs, ham, black or green olives, mozzarella, tomatoes, mayonnaise
Ingredients in a chivito sandwich
Ingredients in a chivito sandwich
A chivito sandwich with all the trimmings
A chivito sandwich with all the trimmings

Chivito is the national dish of Uruguay.[2][3] It is a sandwich of sliced beefsteak (churrasco), mozzarella, ham, tomatoes, mayonnaise and black or green olives. A chivito commonly also includes bacon and fried or hard-boiled eggs. It is served in a bun, often accompanied by French-fried potatoes.[4][5] Other ingredients, such as red beets, peas, grilled or pan-fried red peppers, and slices of cucumber, may be added.[6][7]

In Argentine cuisine a similar sandwich is called lomito.


Chivito is the diminutive of chivo, goat, and means kid (young goat). In neighboring Argentina, chivito, barbecued kid, is a popular asado dish; it is reported that the Uruguayan chivito arose in Punta del Este, Uruguay, at a restaurant called "El Mejillón Bar" in 1946, when a woman[8][9][10] from Argentina ordered a sandwich of chivito for a hurried meal, expecting kid.[1] The restaurant owner, Antonio Carbonaro,[11] did not have this meat and used beef fillet steak instead.[12][13]


The Canadian Chivito (in Spanish chivito canadiense) is a variation of the sandwich, with the addition of panceta.[14]

The chivito can be served as a platter rather than a sandwich (chivito al plato).[13] It is usually served with Russian salad or French fries.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter 2010 with New Year's Resolutions! Behold, El Chivito!". Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  2. ^ "The World's Best Street Food".((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Burford, Tim. "Bradt Travel Guide Uruguay".((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Caskey, Liz (2010). Knack South American Cooking: A Step-by-Step Guide to Authentic Dishes Made Easy. Guilford, CT, USA: Globe Pequot Press. pp. 148–149. ISBN 978-1-59921-918-9.
  5. ^ Bernhardson, Wayne (2008). Moon Buenos Aires. Berkeley, CA, USA: Avalon Travel div. of Perseus Books Group. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-56691-991-3.
  6. ^ "The Best Moments From Anthony Bourdain's Visit to Uruguay on 'Parts Unknown'". Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  7. ^ "A sandwich is just a sandwich, but in Uruguay, the chivito is a national emblem". 2 May 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  9. ^ S.L, Titania Cía Editorial. "El chivito, el sandwich uruguayo que hizo feliz al Che e incomodó a Sabina - Sábado, 08 Noviembre 2014 13:55". El Confidencial.
  10. ^ "El chivito, el sandwich uruguayo que hizo feliz al Che e incomodó a Sabina". La Vanguardia.
  11. ^ (in Spanish) Murió el inventor del chivito uruguayo 11 de noviembre de 2003
  12. ^ "Historia de la creación de "El Chivito"" [History of the creation of "el chivito"]. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013.
  13. ^ a b "Murió el inventor del chivito uruguayo" [The inventor of the "chivito uruguayo" has died]. La Nacion (Buenos Aires, Argentina) (in Spanish). 11 November 2003. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Chivito Canadiense". Radio Nacional (Uruguay) (in Spanish). 8 April 2017. Archived from the original on 28 December 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.

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