Sunday, June 17, 2007



Empanadas are a popular snack throughout Latin America and different countries interpret the empanada in various ways. In Uruguay, the classic empanadas seem to be ham & cheese or carne (ground beef) but our local purveyor lists 23 different fillings from chicken curry to dulce de leche. The pastries are coded by punching holes in the dough so you can identify the filling before biting into it.

Thanks to the blog reader who recommended La Chacha (Marti 3379); it's become our regular source for empanadas.

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You are welcome. I was the person who wrote in with the La Chacha tip.

I am Brazzie's wife and I have been a fan of your blog for quite a while. We discovered la Chacha's during our visit last January and thought it was the best empanada in Montevideo.

I am glad you enjoyed it as much as we did. The only regret is we were too shy to seek you out to say hello in person. Sad to see your year coming to an end. Cheers from both of us...
Does "la chacha" name comes from the "Patoruz├╣"'s grandmother that used to cook him "empanadas" ?
Mate,empanadas,a group of friends and Zitarrosa on the background.
Heaven does live on earth!!!
Hi Chuck!
So, how do empanadas compare to the Michigan "pastey"? I'm not a connoisseur of pasteys, and mine turn out terrible. The empanadas in your picture look delicious, however.
Looking forward to seeing you in the near future.
Hi Ninah!

Empandas are generally lighter, with a thinner crust, than Michigan's pasties. I usually eat 2 or 3 empanadas and feel less full than after one pasty.
Hi Chuck,

Loving your blog - and loving even more this empanada entry. I am a fanatic of these little guys, and have been on the hunt for the best empanada in Mvd for a couple of weeks now, off and on. Where is La Chacha?

Thanks Dominic.

La Chacha is in Pocitos on Marti at Benito Blanco.
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