(Empanada “repulgue” detail by Victor(“,)/life)
Empanadas are a popular traditional food that is not only delicious but also easy to eat on the go. As you walk through the city streets you will be sure to find these savory bites in almost every restaurant, and pizza parlor. The fillings vary as does the dough, they may come baked or fried, and each is characterized by their own special “repulgue” (the sealing of the dough). The typical fillings you are likely to find in most places in include meat (made from ground beef, or meat cubes, spicy or mild), chicken, corn and béchamel (humita), ham and cheese and onion and cheese. Other variations are usually served in specialized empanada houses and may include bacon and plum, caprese, and pumpkin to name a few.
For a taste of the best empanadas in the city we recommend you try the following places:
Defined by their slogan which reads “Eating is a biological action, eating at El Sanjuanino is a cultural one,” this regional restaurant offers top quality empanadas in a cozy traditional setting.
Their empanadas contain mild meat, spicy meat, ham and cheese, corn, chicken, vegetable, mozzarella, tomato and basil and Roquefort fillings.
Posadas 1515, Recoleta
Another traditional restaurant that offers a larger variety of empanadas and has a unique setting decorated with retro toys, advertising and games from the 50’s-80’s.
They offer mild meat, spicy meat, chicken, tuna, ham and cheese, plum and bacon, chard, Roquefort and celery amongst others.
Larrea 1336, Recoleta
Owned by legend folk singer Mercedes Sosas family, this regional restaurant offers Tucuman style empanadas characterized by being made of chopped meat, potatoes and various spices including cumin amongst others.
Rivadavia 776, Downtown
This recycled house in Palermo serves pizza and a very large variety of empanadas including both traditional and unique fillings. Their menu includes empandas filled with red bell peppers and ham, eggplant, and anchovies amongst others.
Araoz 1283, Palermo
A traditional restaurant that specialize both in regional empanadas and in one of a kind varieties, which they claim, are the best in Buenos Aires. What can you find here?
A 7 cheese + Roquefort variety, an 8 vegetables kind, and an oversized Italian empanada filled with everything from pepperoni to olives to red bell pepper.
Bilinghurst 1862, Recoleta
If you would like to make your own empanadas don’t miss on one of these great cooking classes.