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Pampeana Empanada co-owner Nancy Oltman serves up freshly baked empanadas at her booth at the U-District Farmers market. The empanadas come in various flavors, such as spinach and cheese, beef, chicken, and Beecher's mac and cheese. The Tacoma based business sells their baked goods at the U-District and Proctor farmers markets, the West Seattle Thriftway, and at various Metropolitan Market locations. (Sy Bean / Seattle Refined)

We found 'em! The most authentic empanadas in Seattle

There are few foods, in our opinion, more wonderful than a well-done empanada. The stuffed bread pasty originally from Latin American and Spanish countries can now be found pretty much everywhere - but, like everything else, can only be found done well in a few places. While Seattle is no Spain or Argentina, we do have some wonderful chefs; and through them, we were able to find the three best (in our humble opinion) empanadas in town. Agree? Disagree? Let us know what we missed at

Pampeana Empanadas: After co-owner Nancy Oltman learned how to make empanadas from her daughter's Argentinian boyfriend ten and a half years ago, she's done nothing but pump out these hand-crafted meat pockets ever since. While Pampeana Empanadas is based out of Tacoma, you can find their goods at the U-District Farmers Market, the West Seattle Thriftway, and at several Metropolitan Market locations. All the empanadas cost $3.50 and come with a variety of fillings including beef, chicken, spinach and cheese, and Beecher's Mac and Cheese, to name a few. If you are feeling really courageous, you can pick up their handmade empanada wraps at the farmers market to try and make your own! Location: 5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Big Chickie: Owner and General Manager Matthew Stubbs grew up in Washington D.C., and his family's favorite take out was Peruvian style rotisserie chicken. So in 2014, Stubbs opened his Peruvian-inspired restaurant at a remodeled Rudy’s service station in Hillman City. Stubbs offers up his empanadas fried, and you can get a plate of three for $5.50 or a platter of three empanadas with your choice of two sides and cornbread for $12. His crew also whips up house-made hot sauces like the Green Sauce (Jalapeño, garlic, lime) or the Yellow Sauce (creamy, mild, tangy). And if you're thirsty, try a sip of the truly Peruvian Inca Kola, it'll take your tastes buds for a spin. Location: 5520 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

The Innkeeper: This Caribbean-Latin accented pub located in Belltown offers up a plate of close-to-authentic, baked Argentinian empanadas. Executive Chef Brian Durbin makes sure to stuff his empanadas with savory beef, raisins, and serves them with a side of chimichurri sauce. A plate of of three will cost you $10.50. The Innkeeper offers a dark, moody settings with wine barrels placed about, and a small back patio. Location: 2510 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121