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A Culinary Adventure: Discovering the Tempting Chugchucaras of Latacunga

A Culinary Adventure: Discovering the Tempting Chugchucaras of Latacunga

When it comes to embarking on an epic road trip from Quito to Cuenca or from Quito to the Cotopaxi volcano, in Ecuador, there’s an important food stop that you simply can’t miss—a rendezvous with the mouthwatering traditional dish known as Chugchucaras in the vibrant town of Latacunga.

Experience the taste of a culinary legacy that spans over 70 years with Chugchucaras, a traditional dish deeply rooted in history. Derived from the ancient Kichwa language, “chugchuna” translates to trembling, while “kara” signifies leather, embodying the essence of this unique gastronomic delight.

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Within the realm of Ecuadorian cuisine, there is a dish that holds great significance in the charming town of Latacunga—it’s none other than the beloved Chugchucaras. Derived from the Quechua language, the word “Chugchucara” translates to “trembling leather,” but don’t let the name fool you! This traditional dish is a delightful medley of flavors, consisting of ten components that include succulent pork, roasted corn, mote, and more.

Legend has it that this plate originated in the 1940s, serving as a hearty source of energy for laborious work. It’s worth mentioning that Chugchucaras boasts a rich caloric intake, making it a fulfilling culinary experience.


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Nestled in the picturesque north central Andes region, surrounded by majestic volcanoes such as Cotopaxi and the enchanting Quilotoa lagoon, Chugchucaras reflects the natural splendor of its surroundings in every bite.

While there are several options to try Chugchucaras in Latacunga, one of the most renowned and representative establishments is Chugchucaras Rosita. Chugchucaras de la Rosita has been a pit stop for those driving along the highlands of Ecuador, including us.

This traditional eatery specializes in crafting this iconic dish and was started 48 years ago, by its owner Rosita Jimenez, who you can see in one of the pictures below.

If you want to taste some of the traditional food of Cotopaxi, make sure to visit this restaurant. This is a place and some flavors that you won’t want to miss!

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What is included in a plate of chugchucaras

The chugchucaras dish is made up of canguil(popcorn), tostado(toasted), mote, fried ripe plantain, French fries, empanadas, burst pork skin, fritada(fried pork), and mote con chicharrón.




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In conclusion, Chugchucaras stand as a testament to the rich history and Quechua heritage ingrained within Ecuadorian cuisine. This iconic dish, a harmonious blend of succulent pork, roasted corn, empanadas, and an array of mouthwatering components, encapsulates the flavors and traditions of Latacunga.


Now armed with the knowledge of this gastronomic treasure, it’s time to embark on your own journey of taste and tradition. Let your taste buds rejoice as you indulge in this remarkable culinary creation. So, what are you waiting for? Take a leap into the world of Chugchucaras today and create unforgettable memories through the sheer joy of its flavors!


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A Culinary Adventure: Discovering the Tempting Chugchucaras of Latacunga

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