Chivito is the diminutive of chivo, goat, and means kid (young goat). In neighbouring Argentina, chivito, barbecued kid, is a popular asado dish; it is reported that the Uruguayan chivito arose in Punta del Este, Uruguay, at a restaurant called "El Mejillón Bar" in 1946, when a woman from Argentina ordered a sandwich of chivito for a hurried meal, expecting kid. The restaurant owner, Antonio Carbonaro, did not have this meat, and used beef fillet steak instead.
The Canadian Chivito (in Spanishchivito canadiense) is a variation of the sandwich, with the addition of panceta ("Canadian bacon").
Maldonado, Uruguay holds a chivito party on a date close to Maldonado Day, October 19. Activities typically include food tasting, children's activities (pony rides, milking cows), and live music. and dance presentations.
The second party was held in Plaza San Fernando on October 19–21, 2012, and third on October 17–21, 2013.