Empanadas are these delicious pastries that can be stuffed with all sorts of meats, vegetables, cheese, fruits, and even Nutella. I haven’t had too many empanadas in my life, but recently, I finally found time to go to 5411 Empanadas in Lakeview (Chicago). I had a Groupon for a dozen empanadas, so we were able to get one of every flavor (Figures 1 and 2).
I was absolutely wowed by the bold flavors from within and by how filling these things are (they really are filling as I eat A LOT). They make each empanada a different shape so you know what is inside, but it’s definitely a lot more fun to guess!
Believe it or not, one of my favorites was actually a vegetarian empanada! The spinach and cheese (Figure 3) was light and “healthy”. I honestly wish I doubled up on this one instead of the Malbec beef empanada (yes, I’m surprised too).
And what are empanadas without a side of chimichurri and hot sauce (Figure 4)? The chimichurri, which originated in Argentina, was absolutely phenomenal. I literally couldn’t stop dumping it on the meat empanadas! I think the hot sauce needed some more work since it was more like sweet sauce than hot sauce… But the “sweet” sauce certainly worked nicely with the vegetable empanadas!
I am so glad three friends from Argentina decided to set up shop in Chicago! It’s definitely a place worth going! And by the way, it’s called 5411 Empanadas because if you ever want to phone Buenos Aires, that’s the first four numbers you dial.
- If you have the stomach for it, try all the different empanadas and guess which one you are trying!
- They also have a food truck, so keep an eye out!