Easy Vigan Empanada Recipe

Empanadas have been one of the favorite street food dishes in the Philippines. And where can you get the best version? In Vigan, Ilocos Sur of course! Walk around the streets and you have empanadas for merienda lining up in the sidewalks of Vigan. But you don’t have to travel all the way to Vigan to experience the native feel of this dish.

With this recipe, you may as well start your own franchise of Vigan Empanadas. This recipe will completely teach you on how to get the right crispiness and vibrant color of the casing, and the right explosion of flavors in the fillings inside. Try this recipe now!



  • 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

Cooking Instructions:


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


  1. 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 pu t in a bowl and mix it a little to cool it down. Wait 2-3 minutes and mix in grated papaya.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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