A choripán (plural: choripanes) is a popular sandwich in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Cuba. The name comes from the combination of its ingredients: a grilled chorizo and a crusty bread (in Spanish: pan) such as a marraqueta or baguette.
Cchoripán in various countries
The chorizo may be used whole or cut in half lengthwise, in this case it is called a mariposa
(butterfly). It is customary to add sauces on the bread, most likely chimichurri
Choripanes are commonly served as an appetizer during the preparation of an asado, but they are also very commonly sold at sport venues (particularly soccer games) and on the sides of roads and streets in major cities in Argentina.
This custom has become popular in Chile, where it is eaten mostly in private barbecues
as an appetizer, with pebre
added as a sauce. In difference to other regions in Chile it is eaten principally with Longaniza
instead of Chorizo and with marraqueta
Like in Argentina, the chorizo may be used whole or cut in half lengthwise. While sauces like chimichurri
are used, the traditional Uruguayan sauce is mayonnaise.
In the U.S., they are commonly available at lunch counters in Miami's Cuban diners and cafes, where the sandwich is customarily served on Cuban bread and topped with raw or fried onion and popularly eaten with a tropical fruit shake.