Hello Fall! Pumpkin Empanadas

Who doesn’t love a pumpkin empanada? Or an empanada of any kind, for that matter? Call it what you will: pasty, pocket, pie, or kolache, pastry enclosed pockets of food have been around probably almost as long as bread has. There’s not a single cuisine I can think of that doesn’t have some riff on a pastry pocket filled with meat, veg, or fruit.

The word empanada comes from the verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Now that your language lesson is over, let’s talk about the eats!

Where I come from, empanadas usually get filled with cumin infused meat, onions and potatoes, or maybe cactus. Yes, you heard me right, cactus. Nopalitos are tasty, y’all. Wanting to offer up something a bit more Autumnal (I just love that word), I started trolling through the Texas Monthly Food pages for something intriguing. That’s when I happened upon Pumpkin Empanadas and knew they’d be happening STAT.

I’m kind of loving that the dough has cinnamon incorporated, allowing the Fall flavors to carry right through from outer to inner. I had one of these for breakfast this morning. They’re just on that line between savory and sweet that it’s totally appropriate to do so.

Do you make empanadas? Or pasties or pockets? What do you call them? And what are your favorites?


  1. says

    you’re right – who doesn’t LOVE pastry with a filling?? I’m absolutely in love with these my dear – had never, ever thought to do something w/pumpkin! This is the danger of being a blogger – waaayyyyy to many food choices these days!!

  2. says

    Amber – you’re never going to believe this….(drum roll)…I’ve never had an empanada! I’d like to make one of these pumpkin empanadas my first.

  3. says

    1. these sound amazing
    2. put anything in an empanda and i will scarf that s*** down! but pumpkin, well, you can put me down for 5.
    3. gorgeous photo!

  4. says

    I would LOVE to have one of these to start off my day! I had a friend in college that would make some empanadas that were so good! They were filled with a spicy ground beef, raisin mixture:) I’d grab one for breakfast as I headed out the door.

  5. says

    Those empanadas look amazing, I don’t think I have ever made something that actually came out looking that impressive. :p

    I’ll have to give it a try but I don’t think it will be as perfect!

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