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REAL Story

What's an empanada? It's freshly prepared clean protein wrapped around a thin layer of dough. Our empanadas are always baked, never fried.

We are a family owned and operated business located by the beautiful Southern California beaches of San Clemente. At a young age, we moved to Argentina for a few years. During that time we made everlasting friendships and awesome memories. We returned to the states over 20 years ago bringing a passion to create the best darn empanada. ;)


Countless hours and energy were spent perfecting our recipe to fit an active lifestyle. As avid practitioners in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, surfers, health addicts and lovers of the outdoors it was most important that we nourished our equally active and athletic children with healthy food options and a simple menu.

Today, we’re helping other active families like yours to add flavor and balance to their lives! Living in Argentina drove a strong desire to share the cuisine with everyone we met. 

So, come try our empanadas! Eat them with family and friends, take them on the go, enjoy them at the beach, at sporting events or with coworkers. You won't be disappointed.

Well, that's it! We gave you a taste of how and why we created The Real Empanada. We look forward to greeting you at our shop or straight to your door delivery!




Our empanadas are prepared fresh and baked when ordered, no heat lamps used here. Our dough is made from scratch. All ingredients are prepped daily. We said they’re fresh, right? 
Take it on the road, serve your family dinner, share with your friends or change up the office lunches with The Real Empanada. No utensils necessary. Simple, healthy, real food. We’re reinventing the meaning of quick service and casual dining with tasty, wholesome, real food on the go. The only thing left to do is to order enough for everyone! Leave the real work to us, The Real Empanada!

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