Local Finds: Savory Empanadas

From Mexico to Cuba, find the empanadas in Dallas that are the talk of the city.

Visit Dallas Staff
Posted on Apr 6, 2017

Nothing makes Dallas stand out as an international city more than the wide array of countries represented by the empanadas available in bakeries and restaurants throughout the city.

And what better way to celebrate National Empanada Day on April 8 than to sample a few of these delicacies. Empanadas - picture a turnover - are made of bread, corn or pastry and stuffed with a variety of ingredients. Whether savory or sweet, baked or fried, once you try them, you will be an empanada fan for life.


La Duni
Multiple locations

This brunch favorite offers the classic Argentinean empanada made with a flaky crust and filled with ingredients that change regularly. You can sample them in the café with a delicious coffee or take home a dozen, frozen or baked.



This quaint spot on Oak Lawn Avenue offers authentic South American empanadas and is a go-to spot for an easy yet delicious lunch. Start with the corn empanada, filled with beef, chicken or cheese, typical of Venezuela and Colombia. You can also sample Argentinean empanadas made with wheat flour and filled with beef or chicken.


Café Brazil
Multiple locations

If you are in the mood for breakfast, Cafe Brazil is where you want to be. Order  the Brazilian breakfast with a succulent chorizo or chicken empanada to accompany your eggs.


Espumoso Café
Bishop Arts

The place with the greatest variety of this simple but delicious Latin snack, Espumoso Café offers beef and potato, chicken and cheese, ham and cheese, pepperoni and cheese, and veggie versions. Also on the menu: the Romeo and Juliet empanada, made with puff pastry and filled with guava and cream cheese, or the Arequipe, also puff pastry but filled with dulce de leche and guava.


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Havana Café
East Dallas

Need a mid-day break? Stop by Havana Café in the Casa Linda neighborhood for a crispy Cuban empanadas filled with picadillo or cheese. For something on the sweet side, try the pastelitos de guayaba, a sweet pastry filled with guava.