Iloco Empanada

The Ilocano version of the Portuguese original, the Iloco Empanada is a meat pie with a very distinct Ilocano flavor with a hint of Spanish influences. Made up of longganisa (pork sausage), egg, shredded papaya (or cabbage), and mung bean paste, the contents are stuffed inside a kneaded flour dough and fried to a flaky crisp.

Empanadas in a row


Iloco empandas are often dyed orange using orange dye from the achuete fruit for visual effect. In Vigan, Ilocos Sur, you can find some empandas without the classic orange hue. Iloco empanadas have gained fame for its hearty flavor and is now available even in some parts of Metro Manila. Iloco empanada is best served with Sukang Iloko (Ilocano spiced vinegar)

vigan empanada without the orange hue