How to “repulgue” an empanada

“You just might do it wrong,” said the little squeaky voice inside my head.

I looked up from the Empanadas recipe and frowned.

“I’ve made little filled pastries before.” I replied, “Just cut circles, fill with meat, fold in half, and seal the edges with a fork. Easy!”

“There’s probably a proper way to make empanadas,” said the voice, a little louder. “You should find out, before you make a fool out of yourself.”

The voice inside my head became louder still, chattering on until I admitted defeat. The voice was right – I needed to find out once and for all.

Fast forward through several google searches and YouTube videos (seeing as my cookbook was no help in this area).

Wouldn’t you know, there actually IS a proper way to shape empanadas and it does NOT include sealing the edges with a fork. The method is to “repulgue,” or roll the edges to make the appearance of a two strand braid.

As fate would have it, an Argentinian blogger living in Paris just happened to blog about this very technique 12 days ago! Huzzah! That’s what I call good fortune 🙂

Here’s her lovely video, demonstrating how to “repulgue” an empanada.

Edited to add: Here’s our very own video on how to do it:



  1. there has to be a dozen empanada places in Houston, from dessert ones to meat to cheese, and they come from Mexicans down through Argentinians. Good stuff.

      • stephanie says

        yeah, they’re tough to find, it seems like they only carry them for a while…then they dissapear for a while. so sad 🙁 perhaps one of these days i’ll be daring and make some and send some your way…since steve also suffers from picky eaters disease and doesnt like them (complete blasphemy i say!!!)

  2. I just discovered your blog and am greatly enjoying all the things you posted up to now. I can’t wait to see and read the rest of your kitchen travels. Great concept ! 🙂

    As to the empanadas, I never thought of looking up an tutorial, just made them the way my MIL showed me … which is the way your video showed. It seems I as doing it “right” all the time 🙂

    • Video tutorials don’t seem to teach as well as in person… I wish I had a MIL who could show me how. Unfortunately mine doesn’t know the first thing about empanadas. Although she does make a pretty mean turkey.

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  4. I tried making empanaditas (a smaller sized empanada) but I could not get my dough as thin as in the recipe without tearing it. Any advice?

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