In the Carribean, empanadas are often a staple in family holiday meals. Inez Melendez was born and raised in Chicago. Her parents were Puerto Rican. Her mother Rosita is the inspiration for Chicago Empanada Mama. Rosita’s cooking was always the talk of the town. Many of the recipes were inspired by the beautiful times Inez spent in the kitchen with her mom learning how to bring people together through cuisine.
Empanadas have always been and remain that special item on the table that means family will be gathering. Empanadas are rich, savory hand-made pies made filled with delicious savory ingredients, folded into light, flaky crust that is deep fried or airfried to perfection. This woman-owned and operated business is answering the call for craft coffee, hand-made empanadas and craft cocktails. To compliment the empanadas, try our salads, arroz con gandules (also known as Puerto Rican rice and beans), ceviche and more! Chicago Empanada Mama is your West Town neighborhood hang-out!