“I came to the U.S. from Argentina with only $300 in my pocket and determined to live the American Dream. I found a way to that dream through empanadas, the delicious savory pockets that are a way of life in Argentina. They come in many flavors, and you eat them with your hands and a glass of wine or beer and are best enjoyed with others and in good cheer.
At Maria Empanada we hand-craft each one of our empanadas to be a quick, easy and delicious meal that’s easy to have on hand for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whatever you’re in the mood for, we’ve got an empanada for you! They freeze for up to two months and reheat wonderfully … a great meal for school, celebrations and office meals. When you try one, you’ll want more. I promise.”Lorena Cantarovici CEO and Chef Owner
Our fillings are made every day in small batches, sourced from suppliers we know and trust and each empanada flavor is hand crafted with its own shape or repulgue. It takes a Maria Empanada artesana or artisan folder, several weeks to master the process. Very few empanada houses do this anymore but as Maria Empanada is considered the standard bearer of the craft, we feel it is our badge of honor.
“When people ask me about Diners Drive-ins and Dives, ‘What are the places’ –this is it. You got a character. You got a story. And you got great food.”
— Guy Fieri
“One of the 12 Hottest New Bakeries in America”
“Maria Empanada is the promised land of empanadas in Denver.”
— Mark Antonation, Food Critic, Westword Magazine.
“I’ve been here now at least 10 times. Every time is perfection.”
— Chris E.
“Some folks just nail it… Quality, nailed. authentic, fun, nailed. Not fancy. Nailed.”
— Doug L.
“So many options, so many flavours, all of them the perfect solution for every meal! I keep coming back for more because they have an empanada for whatever am in the mood for!”
— Natalia A.
Winner, three times in a row, of the “Denver Health Department’s Partners in Food Safety Award.”
Winner: 2017 U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year Award for the State of Colorado