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Guido’s Empanadas in Rancho Cucamonga.
Wonho Frank Lee

12 Delicious Spots for Golden Brown Empanadas of All Flavors in Los Angeles

This staple finger food is available baked, fried, and filled with endless possibilities.

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Guido’s Empanadas in Rancho Cucamonga.
| Wonho Frank Lee

Empanadas can be found everywhere, from Spain to the Caribbean and across the American continent. They’re a staple food for many, the baked or fried hand pies serving both as a snack and a meal, depending on the time of day and the level of hunger — plus, there’s no ending to the filling and preparation possibilities within each batch.

LA’s wide-ranging food scene makes it a great city for sampling all kinds of empanadas, from Cuban to Argentinian styles and beyond. Here are just some of the great options for stuffed savory hand pies across the city, sorted west to east.

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1. Mercado Buenos Aires

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7540 Sepulveda Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91405
(818) 786-0522
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The parrilladas at Mercado Buenos Aires are always an impressive display of morcilla sausage, short ribs, and other sizzling meats, making it a great option for weekend BBQ with friends. Their baked empanadas are also on the bigger end, and come both nicely browned and filled to the brim with Argentinian favorites like spicy chorizo. This sausage empanada is a must-try with its spicy paprika flavor. Its onion and tomato filling is cooked down to a sweet sofrito that releases its juices the moment you bite in.

2. Empanada's Place

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3811 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 391-0888
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The best part about stopping by this Mar Vista shop for empanadas is the great amount of meat and veggie options to choose from. Coming out fried and golden yellow, these empanadas have a sturdy outer shell that can hold all kinds of fillings from potato to ham and cheese. Their Arabe empanada differs from the usual crescent hand pies by coming as a triangle-shaped turnover with a spicy and lemon-flavored ground beef filling.

3. The Empanada Factory

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2513 S Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 836-5944
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The Empanada Factory gets the filling to dough ratio right each time with their baked, flaky, and thin Argentinian empanadas. The pizza-themed pies are delicious, including their mozzarella, tomato, basil empanada, or the saltier pepperoni and cheese option. The shop’s chimichurri is also sharp and packed with garlic flavor, making it a tasty condiment for these hot and cheesy empanadas.

A metal tray holding several golden empanadas, including one split open to reveal insides, plus sauce on the side.
Empanada Factory.
Empanada Factory

4. Nonna's Empanadas

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8556 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 385-0445
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Arguably the best-known empanada eatery in town, Nonnas has expanded to three locations with its very lengthy menu and perfectly symmetrical pies. With so many options to choose from, you can put together a sampler box of sorts with anything from Nutella to mac and cheese-stuffed empanadas. The Criolla empanada is very flavorful (and filling) with its chopped steak, potato, and hard-boiled egg stuffing that has hints of caramelized onion and cumin.

A box of butter-flecked empanadas with stamps indicating the fillings, on a wooden table.
Nonna’s Empanadas.
Nonna’s

5. Versailles Cuban Restaurant

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1415 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 289-0392
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Angelenos have enjoyed Cuban classics like tender ropa vieja and juicy garlic chicken at Versailles since it opened its first location back in 1979. Their empanadas make the perfect start to a meal here and come fried until dark brown with a crackly shell. Bite through the flakey crust to find a chunky beef filling that’s cooked in a sofrito with tons of onion flavor.

6. La Fonda Antioquena

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5125 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 957-5164

A trip to La Fonda Antioqueña usually entails digging into their delicious bandeja paisa with the usual fixings and some very soft Colombian empanadas. These cornmeal pies are a nice balance between sweet and savory and are buttery smooth on the inside after receiving a quick fry. The beef filling is well seasoned and tastes even better with a spritz of lemon.

7. Rincón Chileno

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4354 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 666-6075
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Rincon Chileno has become a gathering place for LA’s Chilean community since it opened back in the 1970s and continues to dish out authentic empanadas for fans and homesick regulars alike.  These empanadas come out hot from the oven and nicely browned with a gorgeous egg wash. You’ll find pies of different shapes and sizes in Rincon Chileno’s cases, including a square-shaped turnover with spinach and cheese and a classic crescent pie with beef, boiled egg, olives, and some sweetness from raisin and cooked onion.

8. Aca Grill

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3062 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 674-7708
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This Koreatown spot is exactly where to go when looking for fast-casual BBQ during a lunch break. Their generous plate combo comes with your choice of Argentinian-style asado, spicy chorizo, or tender pork belly, but make sure to still leave some room for their excellent empanadas. These hand pies come baked with a thin, flakey crust and a saucy ground beef filling with plenty of tomato and onion. The empanadas’ flavors pop even more once dunked in Aca Grill’s vinegary chimichurri sauce for that extra kick.

9. Sabor Colombiano

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847 S Union Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 388-0150
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It’s easy to eat a few rounds of Sabor Colombiano’s cornmeal empanadas, which come in a smaller size with a thin, golden yellow crust that’s crackled from the hot frier. The final result is extremely crispy pies filled with a hearty potato and beef filling. Dip the empanadas in the kitchen’s green ají salsa for some heat and a nice hint of acid to round out the flavors.

10. Rincon Argentino

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1375 E Colorado St
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 246-4562
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Rincon Argentino is a one-stop shop for all wine, meat, and alfajores needs. The marketplaces’ empanadas come beautifully egg-washed and baked but remain soft enough to effortlessly pull apart. Their chicken empanadas are a sweet and savory combo of onions, olives, hard boiled eggs, and raisins, each bringing their unique flavor and texture to the filling.

11. Chamo Venezuelan Cuisine

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950 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 639-3339
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Chamo Venezuelan Cuisine knows a thing or two about masa and makes some of the city’s best South American comfort foods like warm arepas and, of course, empanadas. The corn-based empanadas are not the hand pies you find elsewhere, but instead come in the size of a small calzone. The Carne Mechada empanada comes loaded with succulent shredded beef cooked in a “red sauce” that’s very reminiscent of the classic tomato, onion, and bell pepper sofrito.

12. Guido's

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9755 Arrow Route G
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 980-8962
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This strip mall find in the Inland Empire is known for a variety of Argentinian specialities, including bubbly fried empanadas available by the plate. The space is small, so expect to dine either on the sidewalk or at home, but that’s okay; they seem to have packed all the energy and flavor from the small takeaway space into every empanada bite.

A ground beef filling open at the edge showing empanadas on a plate.
Guido’s.
Wonho Frank Lee

1. Mercado Buenos Aires

7540 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91405

The parrilladas at Mercado Buenos Aires are always an impressive display of morcilla sausage, short ribs, and other sizzling meats, making it a great option for weekend BBQ with friends. Their baked empanadas are also on the bigger end, and come both nicely browned and filled to the brim with Argentinian favorites like spicy chorizo. This sausage empanada is a must-try with its spicy paprika flavor. Its onion and tomato filling is cooked down to a sweet sofrito that releases its juices the moment you bite in.

7540 Sepulveda Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91405

2. Empanada's Place

3811 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

The best part about stopping by this Mar Vista shop for empanadas is the great amount of meat and veggie options to choose from. Coming out fried and golden yellow, these empanadas have a sturdy outer shell that can hold all kinds of fillings from potato to ham and cheese. Their Arabe empanada differs from the usual crescent hand pies by coming as a triangle-shaped turnover with a spicy and lemon-flavored ground beef filling.

3811 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

3. The Empanada Factory

2513 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
A metal tray holding several golden empanadas, including one split open to reveal insides, plus sauce on the side.
Empanada Factory.
Empanada Factory

The Empanada Factory gets the filling to dough ratio right each time with their baked, flaky, and thin Argentinian empanadas. The pizza-themed pies are delicious, including their mozzarella, tomato, basil empanada, or the saltier pepperoni and cheese option. The shop’s chimichurri is also sharp and packed with garlic flavor, making it a tasty condiment for these hot and cheesy empanadas.

2513 S Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034

4. Nonna's Empanadas

8556 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
A box of butter-flecked empanadas with stamps indicating the fillings, on a wooden table.
Nonna’s Empanadas.
Nonna’s

Arguably the best-known empanada eatery in town, Nonnas has expanded to three locations with its very lengthy menu and perfectly symmetrical pies. With so many options to choose from, you can put together a sampler box of sorts with anything from Nutella to mac and cheese-stuffed empanadas. The Criolla empanada is very flavorful (and filling) with its chopped steak, potato, and hard-boiled egg stuffing that has hints of caramelized onion and cumin.

8556 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

5. Versailles Cuban Restaurant

1415 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

Angelenos have enjoyed Cuban classics like tender ropa vieja and juicy garlic chicken at Versailles since it opened its first location back in 1979. Their empanadas make the perfect start to a meal here and come fried until dark brown with a crackly shell. Bite through the flakey crust to find a chunky beef filling that’s cooked in a sofrito with tons of onion flavor.

1415 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

6. La Fonda Antioquena

5125 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

A trip to La Fonda Antioqueña usually entails digging into their delicious bandeja paisa with the usual fixings and some very soft Colombian empanadas. These cornmeal pies are a nice balance between sweet and savory and are buttery smooth on the inside after receiving a quick fry. The beef filling is well seasoned and tastes even better with a spritz of lemon.

5125 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

7. Rincón Chileno

4354 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Rincon Chileno has become a gathering place for LA’s Chilean community since it opened back in the 1970s and continues to dish out authentic empanadas for fans and homesick regulars alike.  These empanadas come out hot from the oven and nicely browned with a gorgeous egg wash. You’ll find pies of different shapes and sizes in Rincon Chileno’s cases, including a square-shaped turnover with spinach and cheese and a classic crescent pie with beef, boiled egg, olives, and some sweetness from raisin and cooked onion.

4354 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029

8. Aca Grill

3062 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

This Koreatown spot is exactly where to go when looking for fast-casual BBQ during a lunch break. Their generous plate combo comes with your choice of Argentinian-style asado, spicy chorizo, or tender pork belly, but make sure to still leave some room for their excellent empanadas. These hand pies come baked with a thin, flakey crust and a saucy ground beef filling with plenty of tomato and onion. The empanadas’ flavors pop even more once dunked in Aca Grill’s vinegary chimichurri sauce for that extra kick.

3062 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005

9. Sabor Colombiano

847 S Union Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

It’s easy to eat a few rounds of Sabor Colombiano’s cornmeal empanadas, which come in a smaller size with a thin, golden yellow crust that’s crackled from the hot frier. The final result is extremely crispy pies filled with a hearty potato and beef filling. Dip the empanadas in the kitchen’s green ají salsa for some heat and a nice hint of acid to round out the flavors.

847 S Union Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017

10. Rincon Argentino

1375 E Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91205

Rincon Argentino is a one-stop shop for all wine, meat, and alfajores needs. The marketplaces’ empanadas come beautifully egg-washed and baked but remain soft enough to effortlessly pull apart. Their chicken empanadas are a sweet and savory combo of onions, olives, hard boiled eggs, and raisins, each bringing their unique flavor and texture to the filling.

1375 E Colorado St
Glendale, CA 91205

11. Chamo Venezuelan Cuisine

950 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

Chamo Venezuelan Cuisine knows a thing or two about masa and makes some of the city’s best South American comfort foods like warm arepas and, of course, empanadas. The corn-based empanadas are not the hand pies you find elsewhere, but instead come in the size of a small calzone. The Carne Mechada empanada comes loaded with succulent shredded beef cooked in a “red sauce” that’s very reminiscent of the classic tomato, onion, and bell pepper sofrito.

950 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106

12. Guido's

9755 Arrow Route G, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
A ground beef filling open at the edge showing empanadas on a plate.
Guido’s.
Wonho Frank Lee

This strip mall find in the Inland Empire is known for a variety of Argentinian specialities, including bubbly fried empanadas available by the plate. The space is small, so expect to dine either on the sidewalk or at home, but that’s okay; they seem to have packed all the energy and flavor from the small takeaway space into every empanada bite.

9755 Arrow Route G
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

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