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What Sauce Goes With Empanadas? ⋆ 7 Options You Need To Try ⋆

Empanadas, those delicious Spanish pastries filled with meat, cheese, vegetables, or a combination of all three. But what sauce goes well with these baked or fried turnovers? Here are the ones you should absolutely try!

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So, what sauce goes with empanadas? Marinara, Salsa, Chimichurri, or a cheese-based sauce (ideally Gruyere) go particularly well with empanadas. Although creamy (yogurt or avocado-based), or a hot sauce can also pair nicely too.

What you decide to go for will depend a lot on your preferences.

Although, it will also depend a lot on what you have available to you, or what you are willing to make.

Rest assured, you have options; empanadas can be paired with many different sauces.

In fact, if you search online you will soon find a lot of rather different sauces recommended.

But here’s the most important thing.

Pair the sauce with the filling!

Ensure that it compliments the flavors, and does not introduce any inappropriate tastes to the mix, or that will create anything too rich or overpowering.

For instance, if you have cheese as a filling in your empanadas, you may not want to pair them with a cheese sauce.

That can be too much.

Nevertheless, let us now take a look at some simple recipes of the best sauces to eat with these Spanish turnovers!

Chimichurri Sauce Recipe For Empanadas

This popular South American sauce is popular with steak, lean meats, and pasta but also is great for Empanadas. It can be whipped together in as little as 10 minutes.


  • 1 Cup of Fresh Parsley Leaves,
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons of Fresh Oregano Leaves
  • 1/3 of a cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil,
  • 2 Tablespoons of White Wine Vinegar,
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Ground Pepper,
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes.


Step One: Finely chop the herbs (fresh parsley and oregano) along with the garlic. Blitz together in a food processor or blender. Once done, add this paste to a small bowl.

Step Two: Add and stir in the remaining ingredients. Whisk together to combine evenly.

Step Three: Serve right away or refrigerate up to 1 hour before serving.

Cheese Sauce Recipe For Empanadas

This sauce uses a cheese known as gruyere which is rich, creamy, salty, and nutty in flavor. It pairs best with empanadas consisting of meat and vegetables.

It is best prepared ahead of time and reheated when required.


  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter,
  • 2 Tablespoons of All-purpose Flour
  • 1 1⁄2 Cups of Whole Milk
  • 1⁄2 Cup of Grated Gruyere Cheese
  • Salt, to taste,
  • Fresh Ground White Pepper, to taste.


Step One: Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat.

Step Two: Add the flour and stir. Let this simmer for 1-2 minutes (it should not brown).

Step Three: Whisk in all of the milk slowly and gradually.

Step Four: Increase the heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, drop the heat to a low medium and let the mixture thicken. Stirring constantly. This should take about 3-5 minutes.

Step Five: Remove from the heat, add the cheese and fold in until it has melted. Season with salt and pepper.

Step Six: Let the sauce stand at room temperature before serving.

If this sauce gets too thick you can add a little more milk.

Avocado Sauce For Empanadas

This avocado dipping sauce provides the creaminess you may desire. It is also the vegetarian and vegan option.


  • 2 Ripe Avocadoes,
  • 1/4 Cup of Lime Juice,
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro, Chopped
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Crushed,
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil,
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Cumin


Step One: Cut your avocado into small chunks and crush your garlic.

Step Two: Add all the ingredients into a blender/food processor and blitz until smooth.

Serve and enjoy or refrigerate up to one hour prior to serving.

Creamy Yogurt Based Sauce For Empanadas

This creamy yogurt-based sauce uses full-fat greek yogurt.


  • 1/2 Cup of Full-Fat Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Lime, Juiced,
  • 2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil,
  • 1/4 Cup of Water,
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 3/4 Cup of Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt


Add all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blitz until evenly combined.

You can add more water if you require a thinner sauce.

Serve and enjoy!


So there you have it; seven different great options for you to try.

And the good news is, Marinara and Salsa are readily available in grocery stores.

So you can pick these up without even needing to prepare them.

For the Marinara, you’ll need to warm – and it goes without saying to buy a premium brand.

Failing that make your own.

Or one of the four other recipes provided here today.

It will be worth your while; these Spanish parties simply deserve a good sauce

And they are much more enjoyable with one.

So do give these different options a try and see what you like best.