MERCEDES — It’s the guilt that makes the simple pleasures so delicious at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show.
If a craving for funnel cakes, corn dogs, deep-fried cheesecake or breaded and fried pickles isn’t enough, livestock show officials are delivering even more temptation.
Enter the meat-filled empanada.
“It’s a traditional dish in Venezuela, the country of Venezuela,” said Elizabeth Miranda, who along with husband Gustavo (he’s the one from Venezuela), son Chris Perez and daughter Shakira Miranda, run El Chamo, which is based in Mission.
“It’s made out of corn meal, and we make them with all kinds of different meats. It could be chicken, it could be beef, browned meat and potato, cheese,” Elizabeth added.
“A lot of people just stand by our stand because they don’t know what it is,” she said. “So we’re giving out samples and every customer tastes them.”
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