26 May 2009

Every man and his [hot] dog

The favorite fast-food of Chile is undoubtedly the completo. It is more or less a hot-dog with the lot - which in Chile means: sauerkraut, chopped tomato, avocado purée, a heavy mountain of artery-clogging mayonnaise, and of course - buried under the rubble - a nasty sausage of nitrate over-dose. There are at least several places selling completos on every block in downtown Concepción.

Speaking to my friend, Juan, about it he said, "Completos are the traditional fast-food of Chile. Completo means complete or full."

He continued, "There's a well-known true-story that's been going around for the last year. A foreigner tried to get on a bus for Chillán - and buses to Chillán are always full. So the driver of the bus wanted to tell the foreigner, in English, that the bus was full and had no room, so he said ' Bus is hot-dog. Bus is hot-dog.'"

[Above] The best completos in Concepción are said to be at the popular Fuente Alemana, down-town.


  1. I would like to add that one very typical variety of "completo" is "italiano", which only includes tomatoes, that avocado purée and a lot of that very white -not yellow mayonnaise.
    Why "italiano" (italian)?
    Well, because the colors of tomato, avocado and (the white) mayonnaise match the colors of the italian flag.

  2. forgot to mention, of course it includes the sausage too...

  3. Thank you soooo much for that, Dan!!! That is AWESOME information. I had no idea and I never would have known that.

    Please let me now if there are any other interesting facts like that. :)


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