Plated + Served: Fast Chimichurri Beef Empanadas


Empanadas are the world’s go-to fast food: a baked or fried hand-held pastry that can be stuffed with anything you might ever want to eat (and probably some things you wouldn’t).

In Afghanistan they’re called bolani and filled with veggies. In Malaysia, epok epok is sometimes stuffed with canned sardines. Curaçao’s pastechis have a Gouda cheese filling, while in Ghana, they’re simply called meat pies and made with corned beef.

Making empanadas are truly a labor of love because the dough is usually homemade, which takes a little bit of time. When I’m in a hurry, I get a little help and use pre-made empanada dough, which you can find in the frozen-food aisle of almost any ethnic or specialty grocery store.

Using the premade dough really DOES make these a fast food…

Chimichurri Beef Empanadas



I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: