Pastel de choclo

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Pastel de choclo
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Pastel de choclo in the traditional “Paila” for individual portions
Place of origin Peru, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia
Course served Main
Type Pie
Main ingredient(s) Crust: Mashed sweet corn,
Filling: ground beef, chicken, raisins, black olives, onions or slices of hard boiled egg

Pastel de choclo ('corn pastel') is a South American dish based on sweetcorn or choclo. First documented as a dish in Peru,[1] it is now a typical Argentine, Bolivian, Chilean and Peruvian dish. It is also similar to pastel de elote, found in Mexican cuisine, and to the English corn pudding. The filling usually contains ground beef, chicken, raisins, black olives, onions or slices of hard boiled egg.[2]


The dish is prepared with sweetcorn, which is ground to form a paste, and seasoned with basil, itself ground and then blended into the corn. The mixture is pre-cooked with milk and a little lard and then, when ready, it is used as a topping for the filling. The filling, known as “pino”, contains minced beef cooked with onions, paprika, other spices, and sometimes chicken, is also used as a filling for traditional Chilean empanadas.[3] The pino is laid in the bottom of the paila with slices of hard boiled egg, olives and raisins.

In popular culture

The Argentinian poet Florencio Escardó wrote the following ode to pastel de choclo, published in 1876:[4]

Y ya lo creo!
¿Habrá cosa mas rica que una humita en chala?
¿Qué les parece á ustedes una mazamorra con leche que haya sido traída desde cinco leguas en el tarro, del lechero?
Y díganme con franqueza, ¿hay cosa mas deliciosa que un pastel de choclo?
¡Si es cuento largo el enumerar las cosas ricas que se hacen con el maiz!

And indeed!
Is there anything tastier than an humita in a corn husk?
How about a porridge with milk brought from five leagues away, in the milkman's jug?
And tell me, truly, is there anything more delicious than a pastel de choclo?
It's a long list, counting up the tasty treats you can make from corn!

See also


  1. "Pastel de Choclo". Arousing Appetites.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Albala Ken. 'Food Cultures of the World.' ABC-CLIO Vol. I, pp. 69-70.
  3. Chilean Empanadas - Empanadas de Pino Marian Blazes Retrieved March 17, 2013
  4. Escardó, Florencio "Reseña histórica, estadística y descriptiva con tradiciones orales de las Republicas Argentina y Oriental del Uruguay." La Tribuna, Montevideo, 1876. p. 129.