With spicy kicks, fresh vegetables, and delicious variations, a vegan empanada is a quick and easy choice for vegans and non-vegans alike. The possible combinations for these Spanish finger foods are endless. You can have a fiber-rich one packed with black beans, or maybe something pumpkin spiced is more your style. Either way, there’s an empanada for everyone and as a result, they’re increasingly popular. We went through the Food Monster App and found some truly satisfying recipes for you to try. Yum!

1. Black Bean Empanada’s With Pico de Gallo

These Black Bean Empanadas with Fresh Pico De Gallo will make you feel like you’re cheating on your diet but in reality it’s extremely healthy because of its components. Filled with black beans, red peppers, onions and super fresh pico de Gallo, these empanadas are perfect for late dinners and leftover lunches, too. Due to its black beans, you’ll be sure to meet your fiber and protein goals for the day.


2. Roasted Poblano Cilantro Empanadas

Full of vegan cheese and the tastiest roasted red pepper flavor, these Roasted Poblano Cilantro Empanadas are just as healthy as they are filling. The slaw adds a much appreciated crunch. And the melted vegan cheese adds warm and distinctive texture. Add a side salad for another crisp crunch and your meal is perfected.

3. Bacon Mac and Cheese Empanadas 

If you’re looking for a heavenly vegan breakfast option, then opt for the Bacon Mac and Cheese Empanada. The only thing tastier than bacon and cheese is its vegan alternative. These vegan empanadas are warm and crisp while also remaining flaky; perfect for early morning reheating and on-the-go eating, which is just another reason to love these little breakfast bites!

4. Malaysian Curry Empanadas

Filled with curry puffs, chickpeas, baby peas and coconut cream, the Malaysian Curry Empanada is a slightly spicy, hearty alternative to a rice curry or curry noodle meal. In addition to being perfect for breakfast, they’re also great for a midday snack. In Malaysia, curry puffs are a snack enjoyed by every person of all ages.

5. Pumpkin Spice Empanadas 

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a Pumpkin Spice Empanada. The crisp crust, cinnamon-infused apple filling, and tart cranberries create a guilt-free snack or meal for family and friends. If you’re searching for a last minute party dessert idea or are in the mood for something sweet, this vegan empanada will surely satisfy every craving you have while keeping sugar levels down.


We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Come check it out!

Lead image source: Roasted Poblano Cilantro Empanadas