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Great Ecuador Treat: Salchipapas

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Food, Ecuador Travel, Traveling Kids

If you’re in the center of town, it’s a quick snack. If you’re at a restaurant, it’s an appetizer. May I present: salchipapas. You can get them anytime you want. You can even order them in from the pizza shop!


Salchipapas with mayo and ketchup


Pizza, Cola and a plate of Salchipapas

Salchipapas are French fries, with a few little sausages. They also have a side of mayonnaise and/or ketchup. I love to get them when we are:

  • at the mall
  • in the center
  • or just taking a midday walk.

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If you come to Ecuador, I would recommend you to try this treat. Just one suggestion, try the mayonnaise – it’s delicious . Thank you for reading, until next time!

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Drew is the daughter of Bryan and Dena Haines. She moved to Ecuador when she was just 8 years old. She now blogs about amazing animals on her site:

5 comments… add one
  • Jim Aug 3, 2015, 12:27 pm

    I love mayo on fries too. We enjoyed the salchipapas once in awhile. I just got to enjoy a Mexican style hotdog last night for the first time. The buns are perfectly steamed. I had mine with the common toppings, dry crumbled cheese, gaucamole, mayo and ketchup I think. About $1.20 each in Canadian dollars or 15 pesos.

  • Alvaro Sep 29, 2014, 10:15 am

    Wow, it brings back a lot of good memories. Of my youth in Ambato Ecuador, the best place in Ambato for salchipapas or papas in general was call Hollywood, all my friend an me will go after school or on the weekends, it was the popular place at the time, thank you for posting this it really brought back a lot of good memories, y disfruta Ecuador es un paraiso y se que te hara feliz. Chau

  • Roxana Mar 17, 2013, 11:11 pm

    I always mix the mayonnaise and ketchup together first, and then drizzle the mixture on the salchipapas, YUMMY! FYI- Back in the day, salchipapas were topped with a “curtido” onion/tomato/lime/salt salad, also AMAZING!

  • Kim Maksymuik Mar 1, 2013, 6:04 pm


    The kids eat this all the time. There is one street vendor here in Bahia who makes the best Salchipapas in town and there is always at least 1/2 hour line up! We all get cranky waiting but we still wait because it tastes so good! What does it cost in Cuenca? Here in Bahia it is $1.25 and worth every penny!

  • Kim Dec 21, 2012, 4:22 pm

    I was wondering what Salchipapas were. Now what do you think the sausage is made from? 🙂

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