Bite Into These Crispy Seattle-Made Empanadas

A selection of Happy Hour empanadillas at La Isla! Photo source.

Flaky, savory and oh-so-delicious, empanadas are just the thing to fill you up with goodness on a chilly, wet springtime day. These hot, crispy pockets of goodness can be found all over Seattle, but these spots do empanadas particularly well...


Agave Cocina & Tequilas | 100 Republican Street, Suite 100 | 206-420-8195

With a modern approach to authentic Mexican cuisine, Agave Cocina & Tequilas is a great spot to get your fix for tacos, tortas, carnitas and more. The Uptown eatery’s empanadas are also a must, stuffed with your choice of poblano chicken or pimento beef plus cilantro-lime cream, queso fresco, and pickled red onions. If you need something more, have rice and beans or specialty sides added to your order.


Art Marble 21 | 731 Westlake Avenue N | 206-223-0300

With a hint of flavors from throughout Latin America, Art Marble 21 is definitely a place to go for food with spice and seasoning. Their empanadas are made Jamaican style, with flaky, crispy pastry stuffed with your choice of spicy beef, chicken or veggie mixed with a savory filling of potato, spinach, and garlic. A fiery dipping sauce is served on the side for even more flavor!


La Isla | 2320 NW Market Street | 206-789-0516

Find some of the best Puerto Rican cuisine in the city at La Isla, where the empanadas are known as ‘empanadillas’. These deep-fried, flaky turnovers are made-to-order, and packed with your choice of seasoned meat. Choose from ‘Pernil’ (marinated and slow-cooked pulled pork), ‘Carne Molida’ (seasoned all-natural ground beef simmered in a sofrito and tomato sauce), ‘Pollo’ (pulled chicken with potatoes, olives and capers), ‘Papa’ (garlic and onion mashed potatoes with mozzarella cheese), or ‘Queso’ (simple mozzarella cheese stuffing). As an entree, empanadillas are served with rice, beans and an ajilimojili sauce for dipping. Empanadillas are also served as a snack with just the dipping sauce for happy hour.


La Carta de Oaxaca | 5431 Ballard Avenue NW | 206-782-8722

Take a taste trip to Oaxaca, Mexico at La Carta de Oaxaca, where the empanadas have a bit of curry spice to heighten the flavor! Choose from chicken or mushrooms, which are grilled and mixed in a yummy yellow curry sauce as the stuffing for the fluffy fresh tortilla enclosure.