Along with the chicken pictured here, Olano’s has an assortment of empanadas on the menu.

Kenosha Eats: Chicken Empanada

Olano's Empanadas celebrating 10 years on the local mobile food scene

By Riki TagliapietraKENOSHA.COM

With a proven track record in marketing and operations in the local restaurant industry, Tagliapietra shares his love of Kenosha and all of its tasty offerings through his weekly food column.

The Restaurant:

Olano’s Empanadas is a mobile restaurant and food truck serving creative takes on empanadas and Peruvian flavor.

The Featured Dish:

Chicken Empanada — Shredded chicken,parmesan cheese, aji amarillo, onion, and turmeric.

Olano’s Empanadas is a family-owned food truck and catering service in Kenosha.

The Flavor and The Story:

Open since 2013, Olano’s Empanadas has been hot on the Kenosha mobile food scene since … before there was a mobile food scene. 

This husband and wife duo has been delighting tastebuds with unique, portable flavor all over southeastern Wisconsin. 

Olano’s namesake dish, the empanada, is a heavenly pocket of crispy bread filled with any assortment of creative and flavorful ingredients from simple eggs and cheese to sweet potatoes and garam masala.

On my most recent visit to this exciting local eatery on wheels, I went for the approachable but incredibly flavorful chicken empanada. 

Olano’s Empanadas menu

This fresh baked pastry was filled with tender, seasoned, and shredded chicken that made every bite exciting and delicious. 

The aji amarillo, a peruvian pepper paste, added depth and freshness with minimal heat. 

Personally, I love a bit of spice in my life, so I opted to add a side of fresh made jalapeno salsa that added the perfect amount of acid and heat to balance out every bite. 

Olano’s is just beginning their heavy summer schedule and can be found every Saturday at Kenosha HarborMarket, Friday nights at the new Lake Andrea Craft Beer Garden, and at every exciting food truck event in town.

If you simply can’t wait for the weekend, Olano’s also accepts pickup orders throughout the week via their website. 

The Chicken Empanada is available on their standard menu for $7.

Olano’s schedule of events, online ordering, and full menu can be found at