Venezuelan cuisine

Arepa, a staple of Venezuelan cuisine, originated from the native Timoto–Cuica people.
Homemade empanadas

Due to its location in the world, its diversity of industrial resources and the cultural diversity of the Venezuelan people, Venezuelan cuisine often varies greatly from one region to another. Its cuisine, traditional as well as modern, is influenced by its European[1] (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and French), West African and Native American traditions. Food staples include corn, rice, plantain, yams, beans and several meats.[1][2] Potatoes, tomatoes, onions, eggplants, squashes, and zucchini are also common sides in the Venezuelan diet.

Main dishes

Polenta with sausages

Typical snacks


A tequeño is prepared with a bread dough with queso blanco (white cheese) in the middle.
Mandocas are Venezuelan deep-fried pretzels made from cornmeal, often served hot with butter and cheese



  • Queso de Año
  • Queso de Bola relleno
  • Queso de Cabra
  • Queso de Mano
  • Queso Guayanes
  • Queso Telita
  • Queso Paisa
  • Queso Parmesano
  • Cuajada andina
  • Queso Palmizulia
  • Queso Clineja – Venezuelan slang. RAE (Crizneja)


Venezuelan Quesillo
  • Bienmesabe
  • Besitos de coco – small and round coconut candy
  • Cannoli – often called "cannoli siciliano"
  • Conserva de coco
  • Conserva de guayaba
  • Dulce de leche – a solid version made in Coro.
  • Dulce de lechosa
  • Majarete



  • Marquesa de almendrasalmond marquise
  • Torta Burrera
  • Torta de jojoto – corn cake
  • Torta de pan – bread cake
  • Torta negra
  • Torta de auyama – pumpkin cake
  • Torta Mil Hojas
  • Torta Tres Leches
  • Bienmesabe – made with coconut and meringue


Other foods

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Kohnstamm, Thomas; Kohn, Beth. "Venezuela." Lonely Planet. Accessed October 2011.
  2. Brittin, Helen (2011). The Food and Culture Around the World Handbook. Boston: Prentice Hall. pp. 20–21.
  3. Romero, Aldemaro (21 June 1998). "Pasticho". (Spanish). Retrieved 2006-04-28. Archived March 23, 2002, at the Wayback Machine.
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