Product Review: Cocina 54 Empanadas

Empanadas, or flaky-savory and totally delicious Latin hand pies, are usually off-limits because they’re made with wheat flour. But Cocina 54 has put the fantastic snack / mini-meal back in reach for those of us seeking gluten-free goodness.

Their gluten-free empanadas, available in four flavors (Chicken and Peppers, Spicy Beef, Traditional Beef, and Spinach and Cheese), are they’re perfect answers to late-night or after-school hunger pangs. With their thin-crust-pizza-like exteriors and fresh-tasting meat and vegetable fillings, they’re sized for holding in your hand (and eating on the couch, if you’re like us), they’re ready in minutes, and they’re easily heated; transfer one directly from the freezer into a microwave for 90 seconds, then heat it in toaster oven for 4 minutes, and you’ve got delicious Latin-inspired satisfaction.

WHERE TO BUY: store locator or shop online

INGREDIENTS (for Chicken and Peppers variety): Filling (onions, chicken breast with rib meat, eggs, red peppers, green peppers, corn starch, olives, extra virgin olive oil, salt, spices. Crust: corn starch, tapioca starch, dry milk, psyllium husk powder, egg whites, buttermilk solids, gum blend, sea salt, baking powder, sunflower lecithin, water, butter. 

CERTIFIED GLUTEN FREE: Yes

CONTAINS STATEMENT: Milk and eggs

OTHER HELPFUL INFO: Made from antibiotic-free meats

Reviewed July 2021

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