Locro. What is it and how to make it.

Locro, what is it and how to make it.


Argentine Locro


Locro is a stew of squash, meat, corn and beans. It is creamy and slightly sweet, and its garnishing sauce, made with paprika, provide a festive burst of spice and color.

Locro (from Quechua ruqru or luqru) is a stew made from pumpkin, beans, corn and potatoes that is consumed in the Andes, from Argentina and northern Chile, to southwestern Colombia, passing by Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru.

It is a kind of stew whose origin is pre-Hispanic and pre-Inca, typical of several Andean peoples who based much of their diet on corn or beans and potatoes.


locro salteño


The recipe may change and include different ingredients depending on the region of america. In Argentina in a typical dish of winter.

Do not think a locro is improvised in half an hour. Preparing a locro takes time – ideal for those who enjoy being in the kitchen chopping vegetables and giving free rein to their creativity. The locro is served very hot and in pots (of clay preferably to conserve the heat), and can be accompanied by slices of crusty bread.


locro argentine stew


Since its ingredients can be obtained anywhere in the world you can also make in your house.

Here we give you the basic recipe


1 cup dry white corn kernels

2 medium chopped onions

2 cloves garlic in thin slices

1 thinly sliced leek

200 grams of smoked bacon in dice

2 sliced red sausages (spicy soft)

2 beef steaks 2.5 cm thick (osobuco, cuadril, or a similar cut) cut into dice

1 cup diced tripe (Optional!)

Pig’s feet (optional)

1 cup butter beans (white beans) (optional)

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon sweet paprika

Ground black pepper and salt to taste

1 cup sliced snap zucchini

1 cup diced sweet potato

1 large potato

Green onion chopped (to decorate the dish once ready)


locro ingredients



Soak dry corn kernels in two cups of water for at least 12 hours, preferably the night before.

In a large pan and thick bottom, cook the onions, garlic, leek, steak, sausages, pork legs, tripe (if you have enough courage) and bacon in a little Olive oil until the onions are transparent. Add the cumin, paprika, a little salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Cook all these ingredients, stirring every 10 minutes. Add the white corn kernels and hot water until all the ingredients are covered by about 5 centimeters of liquid.

Add the vegetables and the beans. Bring the preparation to a boil, lower the cooking intensity, cover and simmer for about two hours. Check the cooking and stir the preparation every 20 minutes.

After two hours, remove the lid from the pan and let the preparation continue to simmer. Remove the pork legs. Crush the vegetables slowly. As they release starch, the preparation will begin to thicken and take consistency of stew. Continue to crush the vegetables and cook the preparation until a thick consistency. Add salt to taste.


Ready, it’s time to enjoy a delicious Andean dish at home

If you have any questions or queries do not hesitate to write us.
Tell us how the locro came out.

You may also be interested this post about vegetarian food in Salta

Vegetarian cuisine in salta

What is it like to be a vegetarian in Salta?


We know that Argentina is known for the quality of meat and its meat based meals mainly, but lately more people opt for Vegetarian Cooking and a healthier lifestyle.

In the city of Salta is also becoming fashionable this type of cuisine along with the so-called “Andean cuisine,” which elaborates exquisite dishes based on ancestral ingredients used by the Incas.

The options within the city are several, and among the most recommended, we have restaurants that will delight you with novelties and flavors that will be a blast on your palate.


Without intending to categorize or classify these restaurants we will give you a list of the 3 best places in the city to enjoy a very good vegetarian meal.


Chirimoya Vegetarian Resto


Chirimoya is a couple of blocks from the 9 de Julio square and in a warm and cozy atmosphere you can enjoy Vegan and Vegetarian cuisine as homemade. Love and fruits for all.

Address: Spain 211. Open from 9 to 14:45 and from 20:30 to 23:15

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Viracocha Restaurant

Located in a very nice and quiet area of the city Viracocha Restaurant has a wide variety of vegetarian and Andean cuisine with a family atmosphere.

Address: Vicente Lopez 353. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Vaikuntha Vegan Resto


In Vaikuntha Vegan Resto you will find a great variety of food exclusively Vegan, a combination of ingredients that will leave you astonished.

Address: Leguizamon 450. Open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

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Important: Argentina is probably the only country in Latin America where it is common to find vegetarian empanadas.

So we hope you enjoy your stay in this beautiful city and of course accompanied by exquisite vegetarian options

Viejo Back I. The best steak in Salta

The best steak in Salta

As most of you know, Argentina its known for the quality of the meat and a good steak its always welcome.



Argentina is the carnivore’s paradise! There is no place in this world where you will get better meat than here. 
Argentine cows are breed in open big plains feeding from the grass with plenty space to walk. This is very different to the feedlots that are the common rule in other countries making the quality of the argentine meat superior. A prime argentine steak will have almost no fat making it more fresh and tasty.
Salta has one of the best steak houses in the country, EL VIEJO JACK, a place to go with the family, friends and with your roomates from the hostel.



The Restaurant is not far from downtown, 10 minutes walking from the main square, and they will offer you a big variety of meals, including vegetarian, at a very decent price.
EL VIEJO JACK its located at AV. del Bicentenario de la Batalla de Salta 145.


its not a place just to eat, its also a very nice restaurant to have fun with friends and your crew





Take our recommendation and enjoy a beautiful evening and an excellent meal





Would you like to know where to eat the best Empanadas in town? check our post about it here