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Chilean Pantrucas Soup Recipe
Chilean Pantrucas Soup Recipe

Pantrucas, pancutras, or pancuchas are a name derived from the Mapudungun word “pangkutra,” which means soup with flour dough. It is a delicious, nutritious, and easy-to-prepare soup, perfect for winter in southern Chile.

How to make Chilean Pantrucas?

Pancutras or Pantrucas are a typical dish of the Mapuche people in Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. They are tasty, affordable, and provide lots of calories for colder days.

Nutritional Information

Category: Soups
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 350
Preparation: 40 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Traditional Pantrucas Soup recipe


  • 200 g ground beef
  • 1 liter beef broth
  • 100 g flour (not self-rising)
  • 50 ml warm water
  • 15 ml oil
  • 5 g paprika
  • 3 g cumin
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 peeled and diced potatoes
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 sliced carrot
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ sliced red bell pepper
  • Chopped cilantro or parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. In a large pot, add oil, heat over high heat, add chopped garlic and onions, reduce heat and sauté until they become translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook over medium heat for about 2 more minutes.
  2. Add sliced carrot and bell pepper, oregano, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper to taste, and mix well to combine flavors.
  3. Add peeled and diced potatoes, beef broth, cover the pot, and cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat.
  4. To make the Pantrucas dough, in a medium bowl combine sifted flour, eggs, and warm water. Mix well until a smooth and uniform dough forms. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin and cut into small squares of 3 or 4 centimeters.
  5. Add the Pantrucas dough to the soup and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add whole eggs without beating and cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Serve the Pantrucas (Pancutras) hot in a deep clay plate and garnish with chopped cilantro or parsley.

Tips for preparing Pantrucas

It is always a good idea to prepare the ingredients beforehand (mise en place) to facilitate the cooking process.


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