It’s impossible not to love a country where the national dish is a steak sandwich often covered in bacon. Chivito, thin-sliced filet mignon topped with mozzarella cheese and sliced tomatoes, comes in a mayonnaise-slathered white bread bun. The “Canadian” variation, chivito canadiense, ups the ingredient and calorie count with add-ons like bacon, olives, and hard-boiled eggs.
While the sandwich seems simple, Uruguayans across the country pride themselves on perfecting the dish — who has the best bread, who cooks the meat most expertly — to vie for top honors. Especially bold chivito makers will throw in extras like red peppers, beets, and cucumbers. But really, it's all about the meat — and lots of it.