I finally tried one of the most popular breakfast foods in Sucre.
The reason it took so long is that I normally don’t eat a heavy breakfast (unless I’m having brunch at Malvon), and I find it a bit odd that people would choose this is a breakfast food. But once I tried them, I no longer cared what time it was.
What is a Salteña?
A salteña is a savory baked pastry, basically the Bolivian version of an empanada.
The dough is thicker like a pot pie crust in order to hold the hearty filling.
In Sucre it seems that there are two popular styles, de caldo and de pollo.
Salteñas de pollo are filled with a chicken stew that usually includes onions, potato, achiote (a paste made from a South American tree), and a bit of cumin, pepper, oregano, turmeric, and sugar.
Salteñas de caldo are filled with a chopped beef stew that usually includes peas, potatoes, onions, black olives, and a bit of crushed red pepper, cumin, oregano, and sugar.
I have not yet visited every country in Latin America, but so far the best style of empanada goes to Bolivia.