Tortas fritas are a traditional Argentinean treat and are usually served with mate. It doesn’t get any more Argentinean than that.

Tortas fritas from Argentina

The next time you feel under the weather or you need some comfort food on a gray, chilly day, grab this recipe and bring in some sunshine in the form of crispy, golden disks.


1 kilo flour

4 tablespoons lard

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup cold water


Sift the flour and place on a working surface, making a well in the centre. Add the lard, water and salt. Knead well until smooth. Roll the dough into a ball, cover with a tea towel and let sit for half an hour. Divide the dough into small, egg-sized balls, flatten with your hands, prick with a fork and make a hole in the centre. Deep fry in piping hot shortening until golden. Remove from the pan, place on paper kitchen towels to remove excess fat and sprinkle liberally with sugar. Serve warm.


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About the author

Ana Astri-O’Reilly is from Argentina, where she lived until five years ago. She currently lives in Dallas, USA with her British husband, but they move a lot. Previously a translator and English and Spanish teacher, Ana first started writing to share her experiences and adventures with friends and family. She speaks Spanish, English and a smattering of Portuguese.