Meaning of empanada in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɛmpəˈnɑːdə/


  • A Spanish or Latin American pastry turnover filled with a variety of savoury ingredients and baked or fried.

    ‘After the museum, they stopped for a brief snack: tuna empanadas, a flat pastry with pine nuts, doughnuts with an odd but alluring flavor of lemon.’
    • ‘A common snack item, popular throughout Ecuador, is empanadas - small pastries filled with meat, onions, eggs, and olives.’
    • ‘A staple, tasty snack is the empanada, a fried cornmeal turnover sometimes stuffed with cheese, meat, or chicken.’
    • ‘A delicious and popular Latin American snack is a type of turnover called an empanada.’
    • ‘Huddled around the wood-burning stove munching delicious empanadas, we felt like true explorers.’
    • ‘Plump shrimp empanadas, fried dark as copper, get heat from adobo and sweetness from pineapple.’
    • ‘And the mushroom empanada with peppers and eggplant is an appealing mix of brash and musky.’
    • ‘Anyway, I made the empanadas and as soon as they finished baking, Rainman called to say he'd be late.’
    • ‘To start our meal, my two dining companions and I were curious about the restaurant's empanadas, so we ordered one to share.’
    • ‘Traditional Argentinean specialties are asado (grilled meat and ribs), parrillada, (Argentinean mixed barbecue), and empanadas.’


Spanish, feminine past participle (used as a noun) of empanar ‘roll in pastry’, based on Latin panis ‘bread’.