A Sandwich or Hamburger Recipe? Neither – a Delicious Uruguayan Chivito!

by Erica Dinho on November 27, 2009


Guest posting today and sharing his delicious recipe is Gera  from “sweets Foods“. Gera lives in Uruguay(South America) and has a wonderful blog filled with great information.

What’s better than a chivito?..another chivito :D What am I talking about?
A “sandwich recipe” only found in my country, Uruguay!

What it isn’t? It isn’t a panini sandwich, or a ham sandwich, or a chicken sandwich -nor is it a gourmet hamburger!
Are you a sandwich maker? Then it’ll be very easy to make and relish!

A little of History about the Chivito
Punta del Este (the most famous vacation-spot here and it’s the Ibiza of South America!) was the cradle of its birth. In this city a lot of people, especially young people,  go to bed at sunset after dancing all night. How do they do it? Simple, they take a little nap till midnight/1 a.m. and then straight to the nightclubs!

Why is the national sandwich of Uruguay called “chivito”, which translates to “baby goat” or “little goat”, yet it’s made with beef?

As the story goes, while during a blackout one night at a restaurant, a woman customer asked if she could order goat meat, as she had recently tried this meat in another country. The restaurant owner told her that he was going to make a special dish for her with what he had on hand at that time. He was limited due to the blackout.

He prepared a toasted sandwich with butter, fillet Mignon and ham and seasoned it with other various ingredients that he had available that dark night. Although not the goat meat she had wanted, the woman was totally delighted and the “chivito” was born!

Shall we eat?
How to Prepare a Chivito Comun (Basic Chivito)



  • • Bread (you can choose a sandwich roll, hamburger roll or it’s up to you…experiment!)
  • • A thin steak, usually beef tenderloin
  • • Tomatoes
  • • Lettuce
  • • Ham
  • • Mozzarella cheese
  • • Mayonnaise
  • Method of Preparation
  • 1. Cut the bread in halves,  I like to toast it a little
  • 2. Add mayonnaise on both sides
  • 3. Grill your thin steak and sprinkle a pinch of salt
  • 4. Put the ham and mozzarella cheese on the steak, warm till cheese melts
  • 5. Make the tower, add sliced tomatoes and the lettuce
  • 6. Put the half bread on top
  • 7. Enjoy!

And the “toasted steak sandwich” called chivito has more options…
Chivito Canadiense (Canadian Chivito)
Nobody knows how the Canadian version came to be! Hey Canadian people, if you’ve some idea, you’re welcome to share it ;)

It’s the standard Chivito, plus these extra ingredients:
• Crispy bacon
• Sliced/halved hard boiled eggs
• Sliced onions
• Red peppers
• Sliced green olives
• Pickles
• Mushrooms
• Sliced palm hearts

You can add different sauces, ketchup, mustard as you might add to a hamburger recipe. Play with them to suite your taste…be imaginative :)

Chivito al Plato (Chivito on a Dish)
The same as the Canadian version without the bread and served on a dish. You’d add French fries, carrots and green bean salad. Basically, there’s a mattress of veggies, potatoes or fried potatoes and on top, the meat with olives. Certainly the stack can vary depending on your wishes :)

The options are endless. Veggie chivito (take off the meat and you’ve a delicious vegetarian sandwich), chicken instead of beef and so on.
These Uruguayan chivitos are utterly customizable. No doubt…you’ll be overjoyed!

What do you think? Do you like them just the way they are or would you like to make some changes? Give one of these recipes a try, you won’t regret it!

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Erica November 27, 2009 at 8:13 AM


Thank you so much for this post! I really appreciate it!



2 Divina November 27, 2009 at 8:39 AM

I must try this Uruguayan Chivito. This is my kind of sandwich.


3 Luigi November 27, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Wow that looks amazing, I thought a Chivito was a bad word. lol. Great post.


4 Barbara November 27, 2009 at 10:29 AM

That looks fabulous! Just pile everything on for me!


5 Gera @ SweetsFoods November 27, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Thanks a lot Erica!! for posting the glorious Chivito recipe (a culinary heritage of my country Uruguay)
Every time I see the chivito I start thinking when I’ll eat it again :)

Have a great weekend!




6 Chef E November 27, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Gera, I love her blog as well! I also love steak sandwiches! this is beautiful, thanks for the guest blog…


7 rebecca subbiah November 27, 2009 at 11:30 AM

oh cool Gera is here, I want this for lunch!


8 Erica November 27, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog :)


9 Nat November 27, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Sandwich or Burger is does not matter…this looks FANTASTIC !


10 Melanie November 27, 2009 at 12:45 PM

I love this sandwich idea–also I would add avocado and bacon–lettuce-tomato grilled bread with tye mayo and cheese–yummy


11 Angie@Angie's Recipes November 27, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Sandwich? Maybe a burger? Well, it’s delicious!


12 Ivy November 27, 2009 at 12:57 PM

This sounds delicious. I’ll have one with all the extras in it. The people of Uruguay resemble like the Greeks. They go out in the evening to “bouzoukia” and come home after the sun rises :)


13 karen November 27, 2009 at 1:51 PM

This sounds so good! I love how thin the meat is sliced.


14 Barbara Bakes November 27, 2009 at 9:05 PM

This sandwich looks hearty enough to feed two! Yum!


15 Astra Libris November 27, 2009 at 11:57 PM

Ooooh, such a grand sandwich!! I love all the possibilities and variations! Thank you for introducing me to this incredible dish!


16 sophia November 28, 2009 at 1:46 AM

Wow that is one sweet sandwich! OR hamburger! either way, it looks GREAT! I would like mine with every topping!


17 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 28, 2009 at 1:47 AM

I do love a good sadnwich and burger so thankyou so much for introducing this to us! :)


18 Erica November 28, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Thank you all for taking the time and read Gera’s post!


19 Simply Life November 28, 2009 at 8:26 AM

Oh this looks great! Just wish I could bite right into it! :)


20 Chris November 28, 2009 at 4:32 PM

I originally found Gera’s blog looking for a milanesa recipe. Now this? This is INSANELY good looking and I have a tenderloin just begging to be eaten. I will 100% be making this within the week. Holy wow, this sounds just divine. I’m going to Uruguay if this keeps up.


21 Oysterculture November 28, 2009 at 10:50 PM

Oh my – I think I’m in love, and I don’t care if my husband know. This chivito sounds incredible! Gera thanks for sharing and Erica, thanks for having him on this blog to share – I am in a happy place now!


22 Muneeba December 1, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Whatever you want to call it … I’d like a big bite of it, pls! This is prime snacking time for me, so am salivating over this concoction :D


23 Soma December 2, 2009 at 4:40 PM

LOL at the story Gera!! BTW nice to see you here. A pretty hearty looking sandwich i must say.


24 Swapna Raghu Sanand December 3, 2009 at 4:45 AM

What an incredible, informative story! LOVED IT!


25 christina April 21, 2010 at 4:06 PM

i just made this today and it was AWESOME!!! i called my father (he’s from uruguay) and he couldnt be any more proud!! thanks for the post!!!


26 Hazel September 14, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Hi, I was reading your post and I just wanted to thank you for putting out such great content. There’s so much nonsense on the internet these days its difficult to find anything worthwhile. I actually have cooked this recipe before, I got this book last month on recommendation from a friend and it turned out very nice! I’m extremely eager to try your variation of it though, it looks excellent. I think you might enjoy those recipes, they’re very good. Thanks for the article and tips.


27 Anonymous December 30, 2010 at 2:09 PM

[Babas] In every bar of Uruguay you can buy a Chivito :D I’m from Uruguay xD


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