Choripán (plural: choripanes) is a type of sandwich with chorizo and popular in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay. The name comes from the combination of the names of its ingredients: a grilled chorizo sausage and a crusty bread (Spanish: pan) such as a pan batido, baguette, or francés.[1][2]

Place of origin Argentina
Region or stateRío de la Plata
Main ingredientsCrusty bread (baguette), chorizo

In various countries

A choripán street vendor in 1925
Street sale of choripanes in Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires, Argentina during a political rally. There are no permanent choripán sellers in Plaza de Mayo.
Homemade choripán with chorizo sausage recently hot off from an asado grill.

Argentina, Uruguay

The Argentine choripán consists of a sausage made out of beef and pork, hot off the grill, split down the middle, and served on a roll.[3] The chorizo may be used whole or cut in half lengthwise, in which case it is called a mariposa (butterfly). It is customary to add sauces on the bread, most likely chimichurri.

Choripanes are commonly served as an appetizer during the preparation of an asado, but they are also very commonly sold at sport venues (particularly football games) and on the sides of roads and streets in major cities in Argentina. Taxi cab drivers in Buenos Aires are avid consumers and some street sellers can gather a long line of cabs during lunch time and afternoons when drivers get their lunch break.

A variant of choripán called morcipán, made with morcilla (blood sausage), is popular in the Río de la Plata region.


There are several Brazilian versions of choripán, the one most resembling the Argentinian version is called salsipão, and made, in southern Brazil, with pão francês (meaning 'French bread', often called a Portuguese roll) and pork sausage. It is often served as an appetizer during the preparation of a churrasco, or even as a substitute for barbecues, because salsipães are much cheaper, easier, and quicker to make. Elsewhere in the country, there are many variations on the popular sanduíche de linguiça (literally "sausage sandwich"), most also made with pão francês, and pork sausage, but other breads and sausages can also be found. Possible additions to the basic recipe include melted cheese, requeijão, sautéed onions, vinaigrette sauce, shoestring potatoes, mustard, hot sauce, and many others. It is usually served as a casual meal, perhaps with a cold beer, very popularly on road-side dinners.


In Chile, choripanes are very popular, particularly consumed as a classic appetizer during asados. Traditionally served in marraqueta and topped with aji and pebre, also mayonnaise is commonly used. Chilean choripanes are also made with longanizas instead of chorizos.

United States

On the U.S. mainland, choripanes are commonly available at lunch counters in Miami's Cuban diners and cafes, where the sandwich is customarily served on Cuban bread and topped with raw or fried onion and popularly eaten with a tropical fruit shake. In Puerto Rico, choripanes are usually sold in bakeries, and they consist of a Spanish-style chorizo such as chistorra or cantimpalo, pickles and mayonnaise inside a typical homemade Dominican bread called "pan de agua". Other ingredients may be added, Manchego cheese and ketchup being popular ones.


The chorizo is sausage made of pork, and may be used whole or cut in half lengthwise. Usually chimichurri is used as well as mayonnaise; sometimes Uruguayans tend to add tomatoes and lettuce. The sandwich is served in a baguette or in pan catalán (a sliced soft bread roll), except at football matches where it is served in a simple bread roll or hamburger-type bun. Unlike in Argentina, chorizo is not only used as an appetizer but also as a garnish for the asado.


Further reading

  • Media related to Choripán at Wikimedia Commons
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.