Chile Lindo makes fantastic empanadas. A cross between a stall and a storefront one block east of the 16th Street BART station, owner Paula Tejeda’s little empanada shop offers a quick bite on the way to or from the train. You can eat your empanada at the shop with a cup of coffee or just grab it on the way to work.
The “pino”, Chile Lindo’s standby, features Niman Ranch beef, onions, black olives, raisins, cumin, paprika and a slice of cage-free hard boiled egg. Other offerings include a vegan “pino”, jalapeno/cheese and whatever else Paula dreams up that day. Chile Lindo’s empanadas reflect the values and cultural heritage of the Mission. The traditional South American treat fits right in with the neighborhood’s culinary sweet spot, and the vegan option, Niman Ranch beef, cage free eggs and homemade dough appeal to the Mission’s sustainability ethos.
The empanadas make for a great snack, and a nice break from the burritos and pupusas that LiLo consumes relentlessly. Chile Lindo is a cute little Chilean outpost of empanada-related deliciousness. Use your Live Local card to get 50 cents off your next empanada.