Eat With Your Hands: An Empanada Exchange

Written by Natalie

Coconut Curry Chicken Empanadas Recipe

Well, hello there! This is my first post on Nestlé Kitchens. I’m new-ish to the test kitchen but have lots to share already. Today I’m going to tell you about my recent foray into the world of Empanadas and about a blogger event we recently held.

Empanadas are delicious, flakey and comforting hand pies that are a traditional food in Latin American countries with each country having their own spin. Until a few months ago I had never made an empanada. While I’ve enjoyed all kinds, they seemed like they’d be tedious, time consuming and better left to the professionals to make. Turns out, they are quite simple and very gratifying to make at home. Your friends and family will be in awe of your empanada skills. Mine were!

Taking help from the store and using frozen empanada dough discs makes this job infinitely easier and much quicker. They also taste great. For my empanada project I opted to make some non-traditional fillings to highlight the diversity of this dish. The Coconut Curry Chicken Empanada (Pictured Above) has a creamy chicken filling that has a sweetness thanks to the coconut and raisins as well as an aromatic touch from the curry. The Sweet and Savory Beef Empanadas (Pictured Below) are rich and filling and can definitely make for a meal when served with a side salad.

Sweet and Savory Beef Empanadas Recipe

At our blogger event we made sweet Creamy Pineapple and Coconut Empanadas and Baked Chicken Empanadas. Making empanadas with 10 of the warmest and funniest food bloggers was a blast! We decided to take the idea of the traditional cookie exchange and make an Empanada Exchange. Everyone baked a different empanada and at the end we all swapped our empanada goodies. So much fun.

Empanada Blogger Event

So don’t be intimidated about making empanadas! Have fun and enjoy eating with your hands.


More Empanadas:

Baked Chicken Empanadas Recipe Creamy Pineapple and Coconut Empanadas Recipe
Baked Chicken
Creamy Pineapple & Coconut


  1. Edie Burge
    Posted December 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love the post and the photos look delicious! Natalie, welcome to Nestle Kitchens.

  2. Posted December 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Yay, Natalie! Your very first post; and it’s a good one! I love these recipes. I could not be happier to have you in our kitchen. Welcome! 🙂

    • Natalie
      Posted December 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t be happier to be here!

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