About Empanola

My husband and I have the privilege to be living for a couple of years now in Nola. Coming from Chile and Argentina respectively.

Inspired by New Orleans stimulating cuisine and our love for cooking, we dreamed of bringing our delicious south American empanadas to town.

Thus, Empanola was born in 2017, allowing us to see our project manifest! Our first search was to come upon the perfect dough for our empanadas. Exploring French recipes, we found the best combination of flaky and tasty crust. Since then, our empanadas are unique and delicious! We started with one location at the Auction House Market and working on our own little restaurant at 7321 Freret St.

In our menu we have 15 different empanadas. All of them Baked! Latin inspired, Nola influenced and lots of vegetarian flavors. Each of them closed in different shapes to distinguish them from each other. Combine our empanadas with sides of salads or soups in our special combos.

We hope to see you all in any of our locations! 

From the Press



"Although they're both Latino, their empanadas also capture a bit of New Orleans' French heritage."



"The empanadas, a nod to Urrutia’s upbringing in Argentina, are made with a French-style puff pastry and baked instead of fried. A long selection of fillings ranges from traditional ham and cheese to creative medleys inspired by local dishes"


Yelp.com- Candice S

"We had the crawfish, beef b. and gumbo. All there were good but the crawfish was amazing. They packed the empanada full of crawfish etouffee. The crust is flaky but firm enough to hold up to the filing. The service was great". 

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