“Panades” – Belizean Empanades – a classic snack filled with smoked fish, beans, or cheese, and topped with spicy fresh cortido.
A simple fried snack, panades are a favorite of young and old alike. Panades are yet another Belizean food that is often a community event to make and eat together. Essentially a corn tortilla folded in half with smoked fish filling, beans or cheese, Panades are often assembled in an assembly line; the first person operating the tortilla press, the second adding the filling and folding the panada in half, the third, doing the frying. The topping for panades is called cortido and is a sauce made from White Vinegar, Onions, Salt and Haberneros. This sauce gives each panada a kick, and balancing the fried flavor with an acidic spice.