em·​pa·​na·​da | \ ˌem-pə-ˈnä-də How to pronounce empanada (audio) \

Definition of empanada

: a turnover with a sweet or savory filling

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This casual eatery, which came out of San Francisco’s La Cocina incubator, is known for its ceviche, barbacoa tacos and killer empanadas. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "10 awesome Bay Area date night ideas for fall," 9 Sep. 2019 Just outside the stadium, streets close and food trucks begin selling empanadas and submarine sandwiches. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Orlando offers glimpse at FC Cincinnati soccer stadium future and the impact on a community," 31 May 2019 Other fan-favorite options are the small appetizers, or snacks, commonly eaten for breakfast. Fried cheese balls (buñuelos), cheese bread (almojábanas) and empanadas (all $1 to $2) sell often, says Corrales, and are made fresh daily. Camila Vallejo, courant.com, "El Mercado’s food court: A hidden gem with Colombian, Dominican, Peruvian and Mexican fare," 14 Aug. 2019 Encouraged by her friends’ response, Gorosito opened Made in Argentina, an empanada-slinging farmers market stand that quickly grew into a small catering operation offering a variety of Argentinian specialties. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Here's what to try at La Esquina Argentina, the East Valley's new Argentinian restaurant," 12 Aug. 2019 On Sunday, Anaris was helping his wife, Teresa Caballos, serve Colombian hot dogs, hamburgers and empanadas while listening to music native to the land of their birth. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "In marking independence, San Antonio’s Colombian community celebrates its heritage," 22 July 2019 If none of these suits your tastes, Cocina de La Sirena, a Latin American restaurant, serves traditional fare of empanadas, enchiladas and flan. Mary Ann Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "Lots to love in Lubbock, a West Texas town with a cowboy past and a bright future," 18 July 2019 Abuela’s famous mofongo ($16-$25), empanada ($8) and alcapurria ($6-$10) dishes can all be found here. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "Downtown Hollywood culinary crawl: Meet the city’s nine new restaurants and bars," 12 July 2019 Registration gets you one Polish Moon beer or non-alcoholic drink, an empanada or Polish sausage, and one scoop of ice cream for kids. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Polish Moon Ride is a rolling block party mixing Polish and Latino culture on Milwaukee's south side," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of empanada

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for empanada

American Spanish, from Spanish, feminine of empanado, past participle of empanar to bread, from em- (from Latin in-) + pan bread, from Latin panis — more at food

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