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Chilean Chorrillana Recipe from Valparaíso
Chilean Chorrillana Recipe from Valparaíso

Chilean Chorrillana is a traditional dish from the port of Valparaíso that is believed to have been created in the 1970s at the “J Cruz” restaurant. It was designed as a hearty, affordable, and shareable dish that could serve as an accompaniment to alcohol consumption, similar to a “bife a lo pobre” for several people.

How to Make Chilean Chorrillana?

The recipe for Chorrillana (sometimes also spelled “chorillana”) may vary according to personal preferences or the geographical area of Chile where it is prepared, but the only constant is the base of french fries. However, the most traditional recipes always include scrambled eggs, fried onions, and chopped beef.

Nutritional Information

Category: Appetizers
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 500
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Recipe for Valparaíso Chorrillana


  • 1 kg of potatoes
  • 500 g of topside round
  • 2 large onions
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon of merkén
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Peel and cut the potatoes into strips, fry in oil at 180°C (356°F) until well cooked and slightly golden. Season with salt and pepper to taste and keep warm.
  2. In a medium pan, add two tablespoons of oil, add the chopped beef in medium cubes, season with salt and pepper, add merkén (optional) and fry. Keep warm.
  3. Chop the onion into thin slices and fry in a pan with a teaspoon of oil for a couple of minutes. Add the 4 eggs and gently stir with a spoon until well cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste and keep warm.
  4. Assemble the chorrillana on a low and long plate with a generous base of french fries, then the onion and eggs, and finally distribute the chopped beef on the surface for presentation.

Vegetarian Chorrillana

If you want to prepare a vegetarian version of Chorrillana, you can replace the meat with a mixture of mushrooms and fresh vegetables such as zucchini, peppers, and carrots, which work very well with this preparation.

History of Chorrillana

From its origins in the port of Valparaíso, Chorrillana has become one of the most popular dishes in Chilean cuisine, even adopted by fast food chains. Since 2012, every August 13th, “National Chorrillana Day” is celebrated in Chile.

Did you know?

Other types of Chorrillana may include chopped sausages or condiments such as oregano or garlic. In other cases, the preparation comes with fried eggs on top of the dish, and in northern Chile, some recipes even include seafood.


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