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Learn how to cook Vigan Empanada

Vigan Empanada Recipe is one of the most favorite street food in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.  Just walk around and you will see empanada merienda everywhere. If in case you want to try cooking empanada for your family and friends. You can choose to sample this tasty delight in the food establishments that dot the city or the empanada stalls in the market and plazas. It is great whether as breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks. At around thirty-five pesos each, it’s quite cheap to have as many as you need to fill your hunger after touring the city.

The Vigan Empanada is similar to a thin taco that is fried to a crisp, with vegetable and meat filling. Rice flour is used for making the crust or the shell. The galapong or rice flour dough is made a day before it is used. Atchuete or orange food color, salt and oil are mixed into the rice though. The dough mixture is then kneaded as thinly as possible on a banana leaf (wax paper is a good substitute).

Vigan Empanada’s vegetable filling is made up of green papaya that is grated, toge or mung bean sprouts, monggo or mung bean and shredded carrots. Its meat filing consist of whole egg and skinless Vigan longganisa. The double special Vigan Empanada has two servings of the meat filling. For the health buff, Vigan empanada sans the longganisa is also available.

Below are the ingredients and easy-to-follow steps.  Try this Vigan Empanada Recipe.

vigan empanada recipe

Vigan Empanada Ingredients:


  • 1 1/2 cup Mochiko Rice Flour
  • Orange food coloring (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp. Oil


  • 1 Green Unripe Papaya (grated)
  • 4 pcs. Longganisa Sausage Chopped (remove from its casing)
  • 1/2 Chopped Onion
  • 1 Garlic Clove Finely Chopped
  • 6 Eggs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cooking Oil for deep frying

Vigan Empanada Cooking Instructions:


  • Mix ingredients in a bowl and knead dough lightly.
  • Take about a 2-3 tablespoons of dough and flatten with rolling pin.
  • Set aside while you make your filling.
  • Before you make your filling preheat your deep fryer by adding the cooking oil and set aside.


  • In another skillet pan saute garlic and onions in oil.
  • Add Longganisa Sausage and season with salt and pepper to desired. When sausage is cooked put in a bowl and mix it a little to cool it down. Wait 2-3 minutes and mix in grated papaya.
  • Spoon out 2-3 tablespoons of filling to flattened dough and crack a piece of fresh egg.
  • Seal the sides and deep fry in the preheated deep fryer.
  • Place Empanadas in a plate topped with plenty of paper towels to blot oil.
  • Serve in another clean platter and with sweet chili dip or garlic vinegar on the side.

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About the author: author Ed Joven is founder and of author at He loves to travel and eat good food with family and friends. You can find him on Google+ , Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

3 Responses

  1. Rust

    July 27th, 2014 at 4:28 pm


    These sound wonderful and not too hard to make. I’ve had them once and loved them.

  2. Rhys

    August 20th, 2014 at 10:05 am


    these dishes are so yummy.. I like it!

  3. Lynne B

    October 22nd, 2016 at 10:35 pm


    I’ve never seen this version of empanada before and it sounds yummy!

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