Empanada Time: The Empanada Maker

Nowadays people are always on the go! With that being said people are always looking for something easy to eat and can be held in hand. Cultures across the globe have come up with their solutions for the perfect handheld food. From the classic corndog here in the U.S to the pasty found in England. However, Latin cultures have come up with empanadas which are similar to a pasty but in the case of the empanada, there are a lot more spices involved. 

The Empanada Maker

I just found out The Empanada Maker has a physical location. The first time I had experienced The Empanada Maker was from their food truck which had set up shop in Downtown Disney. For all of those that you know me then you know how much time I used to spend at Disney. I had the opportunity to try an empanada while it was at Downtown Disney. So now I want to share this experience through a Delivery Happy Hour Adventure.

Frozen Daquiri Ingredients

I put in my order and the waiting commenced. But luckily while I wait for the food to be delivered I at least could get my drink made. You may remember the traditional daiquiri that I made for the Taste of Brazil Adventure. Speaking of that Adventure I had something called an empada which isn’t the same thing as an empanada. It is essentially a meat pie but it is on the small side so if you tried you could probably pick it up by hand. Back to the matter at hand, the drink. Since I had just a little bit of frozen fruit that I use for my shakes I wanted to create a Raspberry Frozen Daquiri.

Raspberry Frozen Daquiri

  • 2 oz rum

  • .75 oz lime juice

  • .75 oz simple syrup

  • 2 oz frozen raspberries

  • A couple of ice cubes

Raspberry Frozen Daquiri

After a quick 10 seconds in the hand blender, I had a completed drink! As you can see the raspberries brought on the bright red color to this libation. I’m sure I’ve mentioned my thoughts on frozen drinks before but I think after having this drink my thoughts are the same. Frozen drinks are notorious for giving you a brain freeze plus frozen drinks are a little tougher to drink since they are a little thicker from the slush. Besides the texture, the flavors of a classic daiquiri were there with the tartness of the lime and the sugary rum coming through. The one twist is having the raspberries to add some more fruity flavor notes that pair well with the lime. Although I would not make this drink again because of my thoughts on frozen concoctions.

Empanada Time

At long last, the empanadas have arrived! So I had ordered a total of 4 different empanadas however, they ended up giving me 2 of the same empanada. That was kind of disappointing to me because I had just gone through my Happy Hour Error where I had wrong items and a missing item. As you can see these empanadas are glistening in a golden brown color which is a sign of an excellent empanada. For our dipping pleasure, I was able to get a thing of the chipotle ranch and a classic chimichurri sauce.

The Diablo

The first empanada was called the Diablo! The cool thing about The Empanada Maker is that they have specialty empanadas where they take certain foods that you may not see in Latin cuisine and throw it into an empanada. The Diable had spicy barbeque pulled pork, cheddar cheese, onions, and cilantro. The pork was tender and flavorful and when dipped into the chipotle ranch it just added even more spiciness and creaminess in each bite. The cilantro was the only Latin ingredient in the mix that resembled what empanadas should be.

Pork Chile Verde

Next up is the Pork Chile Verde empanada! This delicious handheld pocket is stuffed with slow-roasted pork, green chiles, pinto beans, rice, onions & cilantro. When I ordered this empanada I was thinking this was going to be my favorite one but the Diablo took my heart this time around. I felt that it just was not as flavorful as it could have been. I think pouring a little chimichurri sauce was very helpful in adding some additional cilantro flavor to this empanada. I know chimichurri is meant for Argentinian cuisine which doesn’t line up with Chile Pork Verde but I thought it was a nice addition.

Berry Cheesecake Empanada

One other unique thing about The Empanada Maker is they also make dessert empanadas! Out of the options available, the most interesting one to me was the Berry Cheesecake empanada. Without cutting it in half the first sign that this is a dessert is a fact that it is covered in powdered sugar. The inside is filled with berry compote and cheesecake filling. The one thing that I did not like was the fact that all the berry compote was put to one half and the other half was the cheesecake filling. This is because when you take a bite you may only get the taste of one of these ingredients. I would have made it so that way it was a top half berry compote and a bottom half of cheesecake so you get both ingredients in one single bite. Besides those faults, the cheesecake filling was wonderful. I do love a nice creamy texture to my cheesecakes so it was perfect. Having the berry compote just by itself was a little too much to me but with the cheesecake in the mix, it was a lot better.

If you were curious the other empanada that I had ordered was a Philly cheesesteak empanada which I was looking forward to. But I’m just glad that the other empanada they gave me was The Diablo so it worked out.

Website: The Empanada Maker







Since this was all about empanadas which are handheld easy to eat food I have this question for you. What is your favorite handheld food to have?

Let me know down below in the comments and be sure to share with friends and family that would enjoy this Happy Hour.

May the adventures continue! Cheers!


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