South American Empanada Recipes

How to Make the Best Empanadas

To the novice eye, the stuffed pastry known as an empanada might look the same from country to country in South America, but there are distinct differences in each region.

Most countries have a basic beef version and chicken version. Ham and cheese, potatoes, chile peppers, vegetables, seafood, hearts of palm, tropical fruits...whatever is available and popular in a particular region is usually featured in the local empanadas.