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 this Spanish finger food 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 Empanadas With Pico de Gallo

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Travis Piper‘s 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

Source: Roasted Poblano Cilantro Empanadas

Full of vegan cheese and the tastiest roasted red pepper flavor, Stephanie McKinnie‘s 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 a warm and distinctive texture. Add a side salad for another crisp crunch and your meal is perfected.

3. Bacon Mac and Cheese Empanadas 

Source: Bacon Mac and Cheese Empanada


If you’re looking for a heavenly vegan breakfast option, then opt for Hannah Teson‘s 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

Source: Malaysian Curry Empanada


Filled with curry puffs, chickpeas, baby peas, and coconut cream, Daphne Goh‘s 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 

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with Larice Feuerstein‘s 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.

6. Black Bean and Squash Empanadas

Source: Black Bean and Squash Empanadas

This recipe by Alison Marras for Black Bean and Squash Empanadas may seem daunting, but the execution is easy. A wholesome buckwheat crust is stuffed with sweet roasted acorn squash and hearty black beans. These empanadas are the perfect thing to make for a potluck, where they’re likely to be the most unique food on the table.

7. Argentinian Empanadas, Two Ways 

Source: Argentinian Empanadas, Two Ways

Empanadas are an Argentinian specialty. They are soft doughy pockets of bread that are filled with a tasty mixture of vegetables and spices. This recipe by Ksenia Prints will give you two options for your filling: a hearty sweet potato and lentil filling or a savory mushroom and kale filling. Either way, you’re going to be happy with what comes out of the oven.

8. Mushroom and Seitan Empanadas 

Source: Mushroom and Seitan Empanadas


Empanadas are a universal entree that can carry any filling, even sweet. For savory empanadas you can choose from multiple options, however, this filling of seitan with mushrooms is one of the richest. In this recipe by Yana Chistyakova, in addition to the main ingredients, there are other vegetables, such as onion, pepper, and eggplant, hummus to add creaminess to the filling and nuts, such as raisins and nuts, to create textures and add a sweet and festive touch to the filling.

Although empanadas are pretty universal, they are a specialty in Latin cuisine, so if you’re in the mood for more foods like this, check out The Colorful Flavors and Aromas of Latin America With These 15 Vegan Recipes and 10 Classic Puerto Rican Foods Made Vegan!

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