A Sandwich or Hamburger Recipe? None – a Delicious Uruguayan Chivito!

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

What isn’t? It isn’t a panini sandwich, or a ham sandwich, or a chicken sandwich – either a gourmet hamburger!
Are you a sandwich maker? Then it’ll be very easy to do it and relish it!

Delicious Uruguayan Chivito

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 the national sandwich of Uruguay is called “chivito”, which translation would be as “baby goat” or “little goat” but it’s made with beef meat?

Everything turned out for a blackout at one restaurant, deep in the night…a lady customer fell asking to eat goat meat (she had had the experience recently with this meat in other country, but it isn’t here)…the owner told her that he was going to make a special dish with what he had at that time.

He prepared a toasted sandwich with butter, a finite fillet mignon, ham and seasoned it with various ingredients available at that moment.
The lady was totally delighted and the “chivito” had born!

Shall we eat?

How to Prepare a Chivito Comun (Basic Chivito)


  • Bread (you can choose a sandwich roll, hamburger-type 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 and I like to give a little toast
  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 melt
  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 why Canadian yet! Hey Canadian people, if you’ve some idea you’re welcome 😉
It’s the standard Chivito, more these extra ingredients:

  • Crispy bacon
  • Sliced/halves hard boiled eggs
  • Sliced onions
  • Red peppers
  • Sliced green olives
  • Pickles
  • Mushrooms
  • Sliced palm hearts

You can add different sauces, ketchup, mustard as an hamburger recipe, hence play with them at your taste…be imaginative 🙂

Chivito al Plato (Chivito on a Dish)

The same of the Canadiense without the bread and served on a dish. You’d add French fries, carrots and green bean salads. In general there’s a mattress of veggies, potatoes or fried potatoes and at the top the meat with olives. Certainly the stack can vary depending of your wishes 🙂

chivito national sandwich UruguayThe options are endless Veg 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!

I couldn’t stop myself to put the fast food-steak sandwich from here, but my blog won’t be the typical recipe-blog (the recipes will be minimal) because I want this blog to be different. There’re magnificent blogs full of recipes already doing splendidly!

Which are your feelings…you’ll taste it or which changes would you like to do? Worth to do it, you won’t regret it!

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    J.A. ROSE

    Gera-wow. great recipe and history of chivito. Thanks-java


    Ah it was nice to read about a special/native food. Thanks for sharing.

    I bet it would be more enjoyable to taste it in Uruguay with local meat but still seems nice to have a try.

    Sounds simple and delicious. I guess I’d just add some mushrooms to Chivito Comun 🙂


    That sounds fantastic! I have never had one before!

    I can’t wait to try one!

    Kimberly 🙂

    Adam W

    This really brings me back. I remember having these in Mercedes. Long live the Chivito!

    Meeta K. Wolff

    this is a steak sandwich delux Gera! I am drooling!


    I would love to try one of your sandwiches!


    WOW. That looks amazing. Thanks for the info and the mouthwatering pic. Yum.

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse


    great story, I no idea, Chivito for me was just a funny name. But, I love to eat :)Mainly on Passiva . In less than a month I’ll be there.


    Those sound so good, Gera. The history is funny. I like the first one but without the ham, maybe some bacon instead? And the canadian one is delicious just as is. Will you make one for me?


    The sandwich looks so inviting. And it’s great to read about its origins.


    omg, wow! That sounds fantastic!!! I would also add avocado 🙂


    @Sister java
    Glad you like it..thanks to you 🙂

    Certainly to make a great chivito the beef must be tender, you can search a nice cut there at Istanbul 🙂
    With mushrooms turns out awesome!

    This is a great and easy “sandwich”, let me know the result 🙂

    @Adam W
    Ohh Mercedes I stayed several times there! Yeah long live to the Chivito 🙂

    The same problem like you, drooling everytime I read and see this post 😉

    Once you eat one, you won’t forget it 😀

    The chivito awalays evokes the same reaction wow …I want one 😀

    Usually it’s interesting the story behind the food… the Pasiva they’re a masters! I guess in your holidays 🙂

    This is typical summer history everybody is hungry in the night! Bacon suit perfect…I’ll do one and send you by email! 😉

    Totally tempting and in all their versions, even in the vegetarian one 😉

    @Wayne John
    I get hungry only for thinking about a chivito 😉

    It’s easy to do it only 10/15 minutes and you’ve a complete meal!
    I like a lot the idea of avocado.. I’ll try it 🙂

    Carolyn Jung

    The Canadian version is quite intriguing. It IS a mysterious combination that sounds quite tasty, and can’t help but make you think, “How did this all come together between two slices of bread”? Some how, me thinks there was late-night drinking involved, as the saltiness, plus the quick protein from the eggs makes it sound like a great snack after a few beers.

    Lorraine E

    Sounds intriguing-I’ve never heard of this before but I want one now!



    I live in Montevideo, and I can tell you about a MUCH better place to eat Chivitos around here: "Lo de Marcos". It's located in Punta Gorda, in General Paz Avenue right in the corner with Coimbra (http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl;=en&geocode;=&ie;=UTF8&layer;=x&g;=montevideo+coimbra≪=-34.895558,-56.07909&spn;=0.007339,0.014677&z;=16)

    If you don't like them more than the ones at La Pasiva, I give you the money back myself 😀

    I used to live just three blocks away from there, and we went to eat those monster Chivitos right after the cinema, when I was like 8 years old… Remarkably, 22 years later they still server the same "Really Good Stuff" ™, and the people behind the counter is really nice.

    Hope you get to read this before you travel 🙂

    Enjoy you travel to Montevideo!!!

    Best regards,



    Great history. I’ve never heard of these but they look delicious!


    Mmm yummy! Love the steak and mozarella combo 🙂


    thanks so much! this had EVERYTHING i needed for my spanish project on uruguay. GRACIAS!!!

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