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article image‘Chacarero’ — Probably the best sandwich you may ever eat

By Igor I. Solar     Aug 29, 2014 in Food
Boston - The Spanish word “Chacarero” means “small-scale farmer,” but it also stands for the name of a sandwich Chileans enjoy in restaurants or at home, and that surprises foreign visitors who describe it as "the best darn sandwich" they have ever had.
The Chacarero sandwich is usually made using a large round bun (regularly larger than a hamburger bun), filled with juicy, thin beef slices, topped with steamed cold green beans, sliced tomatoes, and chopped green chili peppers. A slice of cheese and avocado spread are optional. The beef slices may be replaced by cuts of chicken breast or pork tenderloin slices. The average price of a good Chacarero in Chile is approximately $7.
Among the world’s most amazing sandwiches
Recently, the “Chacarero Sandwich” was included in a list in Time Magazine as one of “the thirteen most amazing sandwiches the world has to offer”. Time highlights the unusual combination of ingredients as well as the reasonable price of this healthy and tasty sandwich.
Along with the Chacarero, Time also recommends “The Gatsby", a typical South African sandwich filled with meat, beans and fries; “The Fischbrötchen”, a German sandwich with herring; “The Falafel” from Abu Dhabi, made with deep-fried balls of ground chickpeas on pita bread; “The Yakisoba-pan”, from Japan, a hot-bun filled with noodles; “The Zapiekanka”, a Polish sandwich on a baguette stuffed with cheese, mushrooms and meat, and “The Smörgåstårta”, a pastry/sandwich from Sweden with eggs, shrimp, mayonnaise and other seafood, among other international delicacies.
Chacarero conquers Boston
In the early 2000s, Juan Hurtado, an enterprising Chilean, started selling Chacareros from a push-cart on the streets of Boston, MA. Then, he went on to run a walk-up window eatery. Now he operates a restaurant in Arch Street in downtown Boston’s financial district. Hurtado tells that in the beginning it was not easy to convince people about the green beans in the sandwich and often those who dared to try the preparation asked Hurtado to hold the green beans. Slowly the sandwich gained the stomachs and hearts of Bostonians and now "Chacarero Restaurant", selling a wide range of Chacarero variations, has managed to gain status in the city. Chacarero has been included in a list of the 100 best places to eat in Boston, and it was also included in eighth place in a list of Boston’s 18 most iconic sandwiches.
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