Original article published at TasteAtlas.

Valdiviano is one of the most famous and oldest Chilean soups. Since it is extremely popular throughout the country, it appears in numerous versions, but it typically consists of thin strips of beef jerky, onions, various spices, and occasionally potatoes and eggs. It is believed to have originated in 1598 when the Spanish conquistadors suffered a significant defeat by the Mapuche people and had to withdraw to the secluded city Valdivia. Cut out from the main food supply routes, their diet relied heavily on beef jerky, which they used in many innovative ways, including this hearty soup that soon became a national favorite.