What to Serve with Empanadas (22+ Easy Sides!)

Wondering what to serve with empanadas for dinner? Look no further! I’m here to answer the question with these 22+ delicious side dishes. Find what you want to make in a hurry!

Originating from Spain and now popular in Latin American and Filipino cuisines, empanadas come in a variety of fillings, from meat and cheese to vegetables and seafood.

While these handheld treats are delightful on their own, pairing them with the right side dishes can take your dinner to new heights.

From traditional rice and beans to vibrant salads and tangy sauces, these 22+ options offer a variety of flavors, textures, and cultural influences to enhance your empanada feast.

Whether you’re hosting a gathering or enjoying a cozy meal at home, exploring these side dish ideas will surely elevate your empanada experience and leave your guests craving for more.

So, go ahead and experiment with these tantalizing accompaniments to create a memorable feast!

PS – Be sure to check out these 12+ Dipping Sauces for Empanadas too!

The BEST Sides for Empanadas

Picadillo in shallow white bowl with folded tortilla and rice.
Ground Turkey Picadillo is a lightened up version of the traditional Latin American dish made with ground beef. This sweet and savory mixture combines briny olives and capers, with sweet golden raisins, black beans and plenty of delicious spices. Serve it over rice or as a taco filling and enjoy! 
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Mexican black beans in grey bowl topped with cotija and lime wedges.
Jazz up the cans of black beans in your cupboard with this easy Mexican Black Beans recipe. It’s a low-fuss skillet recipe that’s quick and easy, and made with warm and smoky Mexican-inspired flavors. Serve them with tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas, and more!
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Overhead shot of Mexican rice in white bowl topped with lime wedges.
Inspired by the flavors of the classic Mexican restaurant side dish, this Instant Pot Mexican Rice is perfect with enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, and more. It’s a foolproof recipe made entirely in your pressure cooker!
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Hand holding bowl of chickpea salad.
This Chickpeas and Avocado Salad has all the traditional elements of a great guacamole and makes a healthy, protein and fiber-filled dish that’s perfect for lunch or dinner. Plus, it comes together easily in just 10 minutes!
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Overhead shot of arroz verde in bowl.
This easy Arroz Verde (Green Rice) recipe is inspired by the classic Mexican side dish. Fluffy white rice is mixed with green veggies and lime juice, lending a vibrant green hue and delicious, zesty flavors! Pair it with chicken, beef, or seafood, or use it as the tasty base for a grain bowl.
Arroz Verde
Overhead shot of Mexican street corn salad in serving bowl.
This Couscous Corn Salad puts a salad twist on Mexican Street Corn. Smoky grilled corn, a creamy cumin-lime dressing, and pearl couscous combine to create this delicious salad.
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Overhead shot of stuffed poblanos arranged in baking dish drizzled with lime crema.
Stuffed Poblano Peppers loaded with a mixture of beef & rice and topped with a zesty lime-crema. This healthy recipe will be on your table in 30 minutes.
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Roasted carrots in bowl with spoon.
I’m serving up these Oven Roasted Mexican Carrots elote style. Similar to how you’d dress grilled street corn, these delicious tender carrots are topped with lime, crumbled cheese, jalapenos and cilantro. So crazy good! 
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Bowl of guacamole on tray with chips.
This fresh and vibrant Guacamole recipe is so easy! Mix it up in minutes for a creamy dip, a delicious topping for nachos, or to serve on Taco Tuesday.
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Overhead close up of cooked canned corn in serving bowl with spoon.
Learn how to instantly turn an ordinary vegetable into an extraordinary side dish with this easy canned corn recipe! It covers everything, from how to cook canned corn on the stovetop to how to dress it up with seasonings and flavor boosters to what to serve with it for a meal to remember.
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Bowl of chipotle salsa in serving tray with chips and limes.
This 5-Minute Chipotle Salsa comes together easily with the help of your blender. It's a great sauce for tacos or dip for tortilla chips!
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Mexican rice in white bowl with serving spoon.
Inspired by the flavors of the classic Mexican restaurant side dish, this Rice Cooker Mexican Rice is perfect with enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, and more. It’s a foolproof recipe made entirely in your automatic rice cooker!
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Chimichurri sauce in small jar with spoon.
This Chimichurri Sauce recipe is packed with flavor and easy to make with simple ingredients & your blender or food processor. This cilantro chimichurri sauce is delicious with empanadas.
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Overhead close up of combined vinegar slaw in large white mixing bowl.
Red Cabbage Slaw is a super simple side dish recipe made without mayo. It’s tangy, delicious and crunchy. 
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Peppers with grill marks scattered on counter.
Learn how to make perfectly tender and blistered Grilled Bell Peppers at home! It’s one of the best and easiest side dishes you can add to burrito bowls, fajitas, or pair with grilled meats.
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Overhead shot of octopus ceviche in large grey bowl next to lime slices and tortillas.
Octopus Ceviche (aka ceviche de pulpo) combines tender octopus with tangy lime juice, red onions, cilantro and chiles for a light and refreshing appetizer. Serve it with tortillas or chips and enjoy! 
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Blistered shishito peppers served on a black plate with lemon wedges.
These Blistered Shishito Peppers are the perfect finger food. They’re so easy to make too. Lightly seasoned and slightly smoky, you’ll find that most are mild… one out of every ten might surprise you. 
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Southwest Beef & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers make a hearty, healthy, protein packed meal that's amazingly delicious and quick and easy to prepare.
These Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with Beef make a hearty, healthy, protein packed meal that's amazingly delicious and quick and easy to prepare.
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Serving spoon in bowl of tomato cucumber salad.
This Tomato Cucumber Salad features fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and crisp red onion. Dressed in a tangy homemade red wine vinaigrette, every bite is bursting with refreshing Mediterranean flavors!
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Bowl of cooked pinto beans flecked with cilantro.
Instant Pot pinto beans are easy to make and taste so much better than the canned version! Perfect for meal prep or as a side dish to your favorite tacos, salads, or protein bowls, these beans can be ready in under an hour with no soaking required.
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Crispy, caramelized and easy-t0-make, these Fried Sweet Plantains are the best side dish. Pair them with a savory meal to make the best salty and sweet combo.
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Cilantro Lime Rice is an easy, summery side dish that is bursting with flavour. Pungent and herbal, it makes plain rice a lot more exciting.
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Tostones are crispy, savory, salty, golden coins of pure deliciousness. Twice-fried plantains are a snack that will make you feel like you’re walking on sunshine. And once you know all the tricks, they’ll come out perfectly every time.
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This Quinoa & Black Bean Salad is made with corn & avocado. Ready in 20 min, it makes the best healthy weeknight dinner or make-ahead meal.
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This Fried Yuca is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. It’s like a classy healthy take on french fries.
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How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these empanada side dish recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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PS – Be sure to check out these 12+ Dipping Sauces for Empanadas too!

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22+ BEST Sides for Empanadas

Wondering what to serve with empanadas for dinner? Look no further! I’m here to answer the question with these 22+ delicious side dishes. Find what you want to make in a hurry! Try this Ground Turkey Picadillo . This sweet and savory mixture combines briny olives and capers, with sweet golden raisins, black beans and plenty of delicious spices.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the turkey with salt and pepper and cook until browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Drain the turkey and set aside in a bowl.
  • Return the same skillet to the burner, add the remaining olive oil and reduce the heat to medium. Add the onions, bell pepper, garlic and bay leaves. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened and translucent. Return the cooked turkey to the skillet, and add the wine, tomato sauce, olives and brine, raisins, black beans, capers, cumin, and cayenne. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove bay leaves and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm with rice, or as a taco stuffing.
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Nutrition

Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 485mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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  1. 3 stars
    Being allergic to tomatoes and all peppers I was a bit stuck until I used the rice dish with onions and garlic, added ginger and herbs to give it a bit of a kick. The Empinadas were filled with salmon so something lighter was needed. Thanx

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