Chile Lindo Vegan Empanadas
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Did you know that Chile Lindo's Vegan Empanada has fooled many into thinking I served them a beef empanada by accident? Yes, it's that close to our Classic Chile Lindo Beef Empanada. I created the recipe keeping vegans and vegetarians in mind.  I wanted non-meat eaters to experience the Classic Chilean Empanada. To my surprise, many meat eaters love it and often order it as well when watching their cholesterol. 




Chile Lindo's Vegan Empanada is almost like the Classic Pino*
In order to create Chile Lindo's Vegan Empanada I researched for the best meat-like consistency product in the market. At Rainbow Grocery I discovered Yves Meatless Ground Round. This non-GMO soy and wheat product is combined with most of the traditional Chilean empanada ingredients, leaving out the hard-boiled egg, and substituting the egg-wash with a brush of olive oil. Voilá.~

Check out Chile Lindo's empanada recipies:

*Pino: stuffing
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Running Chile Lindo on a shoe string budget has meant slow growth. In spite of how challenging it is to run and grow a business without working capital, it has its advantages. Slow growth is solid, and the Chile Lindo brand is well established. The funds will go primarily to hiring staff and to improving our equipment. 


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Personal Story
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My name is Paula Tejeda, I am the sole proprietor of Chile Lindo. Chile Lindo is an empanada shop in the Mission district that serves as a cultural hub for the Mission district community and for people interested in Chile and South America.


I was born in New York City to Chilean parents and grew up between Chile and NYC. I first came to the San Francisco Bay Area during my teens, in the early 1980s. I studied production at Laney College in Oakland, and was accepted to San Francisco State University in the highly competitive media communications program. I completed two internships at this time, one at KTVU, Channel 2 and the second at KPIX, Channel 5. However, due to my perfectionist nature I did not feel worthy of my degree and abandoned my studies before graduating. I left California and went back to live in Chile from 1986 to 1988, and then back to New York City from '88 to '94. I returned to San Francisco in 1994.


I bought Chile Lindo in 1995. Read more... 

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