What To Serve With Empanadas: 7 Best Sides Dishes (updated 2023)

what to serve with empanadas

Here are some suggestions on what to serve with empanadas. Continue reading for more information.

In South America, empanadas are a popular meal made of dough stuffed with meat, cheese, and vegetables and then fried or baked.

You can prepare them ahead of time and freeze them, making them simple to reheat for dinner parties or family gatherings on short notice.

What To Serve With Empanadas

1. Corn on the Cob

Corn on the Cob Side Dish

Serve corn on the cob with anything fried or spicy and you’ve got a winning combination. If you’re searching for a way to add some sweetness, crunch, and freshness to your dinner, this is a terrific choice.

It is possible to prepare corn on the cob before serving it by boiling it in water to bring out its natural taste without making it harsh.

Alternatively, you can grill them until golden brown over an open flame. This will give your meal a smokey undertone that goes well with any sort of empanada filling.

2. Potato Salad

What to Serve with Empanadas - Potato Salad

Include some potato salad as an ideal accompaniment to your more classic empanadas. When it comes to making aioli, all you really need are mayonnaise and garlic to get the job done.

If the recipe asks for three pounds of cooked diced potatoes, you’ll need around 1/4 cup of dressing per pound or so.

If you want a tangy flavor without the vinegar-like sourness, add a tablespoon of lemon juice at a time and taste as you go. This should give you just enough tangy flavor without being overpowering.

Before serving, sprinkle freshly ground pepper over the top.

3. Arugula Salad

What to Serve with Empanadas - Arugula Salad

Arugula salad goes nicely with empanadas. You can make it in advance, and it will last for up to two days without wilting or becoming soggy.

This is an excellent choice to have on hand. 

To make this salad, all you need are some arugula leaves, olive oil and vinegar dressing combination of your choice, and salt and pepper to taste.

4. Pico de Gallo Salsa

Side of Pico de Gallo Salsa

Dipping sauce makes a wonderful side to your empanadas. Fresh, raw tomato and onion mixed with cilantro create pico de gallo salsa.

As a garnish for tacos and empanadas, or consumed as a side dish, pico de gallo is delicious.

With a little sweetness from the onions and a touch of acidity from the tomatoes, this is a dish that’s sure to please any palate.

5. Fried Plantains

Side of Fried Plantains

You can serve fried plantains on their own or as a side dish with a variety of meats and seafood. Against spicy fillings like beef chorizo and potato, however, they function particularly well.

In order to bring out the natural sugars, you want guests to taste them right away, and cook them in oil until golden brown.

Then season lightly with kosher salt.

6. Charro Beans

Charro Beans Side Dish

Depending on who you ask, this can either be a side dish or the centerpiece of a major meal.

To make charro beans, use pinto or black beans and simmer them in water until they’re soft enough to eat.

Then, if desired, season with salt and pepper and other herbs like cilantro.

This is an easy and inexpensive side, especially if you already have herbs and spices on hand. 

7. Tomato Salsa

Side of Tomato Salsa

Fresh tomato salsa is the perfect garnish for tacos and empanadas. Again, the acidity of the tomatoes balances with the sweetness of the onions.

Depending on your preferences, you can make it hot or mild. What many people love about this dish is it’s so simple to put together.

Simply chop up some tomatoes and onions in a food processor until finely diced, and then add salt to taste.

Add in cilantro to taste, just don’t overdo it because too much might dominate the taste of the empanadas’ fillings.

If you’re preparing ahead of time, keep covered at room temperature; otherwise, store leftovers in the refrigerator within two hours of preparation.


With so many different filling options, empanadas are a delectable and satisfying savory meal. In short, these pastries are always a hit.

Plus, they work well as an entrée when served with the perfect side dish.

Choose from the list of side dish recommendations above next time you serve up some delicious empanadas. 


7 Best Side Dishes for Empanadas

Check out these great Side Dish Recipes for Empanadas that have been shared on Pinterest.

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  1. Click on each link above to view the pin and recipe.
  2. Obtain all the necessary ingredients to make the recipe.
  3. Follow the steps to create your side dish.
  4. Enjoy your delicious meal =)

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