The quintessential, see-it-everywhere street food, the empanada is found throughout South America and every country has its own version. In Quito, however, they have three!
- Empanadas de viento — a fluffy sweet and savory treat filled with cheese and covered with a light dusting of sugar
- Empanadas de verde — originating from Ecuador’s costal areas, these are stuffed with green plaintains and, unlike the coast which adds a mixture of seafood, Quito’s variation includes (you guessed it!) cheese!
- Empanadas de morocho — a specialty of Ecuador, these empanadas are made with a thin white corn flour shell and filled with meat, rice and peas. Delicious!