The Quilotoa Loop is arguably one of the best multi-day trekking routes in South America and definitively one of Ecuador’s most popular treks. The hiking trails throughout the Quilotoa Loop wind through the Ecuadorian Andes to connect a series of friendly rural farming villages that are each very well-prepared to […]
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For #FoodieFriday this week in Quito, we’re indulging in “empanadas de viento!”
There are many different empanadas found throughout Ecuador, from empanadas de verde (made with plantains) to empanadas de morocho (made with a local Andean grain). Yet these giant empanadas de viento, that are a specialty here in Quito, are perhaps our favorite empanada in Ecuador yet.
The name translates to “wind empanadas” because of the airy interior that’s created when it’s fried. But there’s also gooey melted cheese tucked inside that crispy fried dough. Then a bit of sugar is sprinkled on top to add just a touch of sweetness to the savory snack.
This feels like comfort food. The dough is fried up in such a way that reminds us of something you’d get from a carnival. And it pairs oh-too-well with that sweet canelazo we posted about yesterday.
One thing that makes these empanadas stand out is how huge they are! Do you see the quarter we put in the picture? That should give some perspective as to just how gigantic these wind empanadas are. It’s definitely a shareable snack, as we’ve ripped right into the fried dough, fighting for the cheesiest pieces! Yum! 😋 ... See MoreSee Less
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While in Quito you should look for the restaurant la tortilla... the empanadas de viento are huge... and for a reasonable price.. order one... bigger than a regular plate
My Mom used to make these for us all the time, so yummy!
All of them delicious
They sound delicious and definitely so big they need to be shared! What drink pairs well with them?
These became our daily afternoon snack when in Quito. Got them from a small place a few blocks off Plaza Grande. So yummy!
You have awesome videos of my beautiful country! 🇪🇨🇪🇨♥️