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Where To Get The Best Empanada In Argentina
On a recent trip to Buenos Aires, I was sitting with a group of locals asking them about where to get the best empanada. "The north," they replied in unison.
I sulked. They didn't mean the northern area of the city, they meant the north of the country. Cities like Salta, Tucuman, Santiago del Estero and Jujuy are where natives agree the best empanadas are. Moreover, Mendoza, Cordoba and Rosario also have delicious empanadas, varying a bit from place to place. For example:
- In Mendoza, traditional empanadas use a filling of beef, onion, egg and sometimes olives or cheese.
- In Salta, potatoes, beef, chicken and sometimes even llama meat is used for the dish.
- In Cordoba, empanadas are sweet, with white sugar, potatoes, olives and meat.
- In Tucuman, the dish is cooked in a clay oven with lemon juice. Traditionally, the empanadas have beef, chicken and tripe; however, newer varieties also include cheese and onion.
- In Jujuy, the addition of peas, pepper and onion give the meal a unique spice.
[Photo via From Argentina With Love]