Hand Made in Chicago Since 2010
The crust of our signature gluten-free empanadas is made with cassava-root starch and cheese, loaded with a variety of meat and vegetable fillings. Cassava is a tropical plant with a tuberous edible root. Cassava-root starch is similar to potato starch, but better. It is also known as yucca, tapioca, or manioc. Many people in the US have never heard of it, but it is a major crop in South America, Africa, and South East Asia.
There is one overarching theme to Cassava's food: Unprocessed. We don’t shy away from fats, especially healthy fats, and we don't count calories. But we avoid artificial anything like the plague, and we try to make it all ourselves, using ingredients you can pronounce. All of our fillings are made from just a handful of ingredients you can pick up at the local grocery store.
For a complete list of ingredients we avoid, scroll to the bottom of this page.
No Oxidized Vegetable Oils
We cook using ONLY unrefined coconut oil, butter or our own 100% grass-fed beef tallow. Aside from the flavor benefits of cooking with these delicious fats, they are also heat stable. When you cook with polyunsaturated vegetable oils (think canola, corn, and soy), oxidized cholesterol is introduced into your system. As the oil is heated and mixed with oxygen, it goes rancid which promotes vascular disease.
Is it safe for people with Celiac Disease?
Everything is always gluten-free, prepared in a dedicated gluten-free facility. Periodically, we send our dough to be tested for gluten to ensure we are below 10 parts per million. We're also yeast free, and soy free (except for our chocolate roll, which contains soy lecithin, and some specialty catering dishes with Asian seasoning).
What else makes your empanadas stand-out?
Grass-fed beef. We are grass-fed fanatics. Our beef & cheddar empanada and our chili are all made with grass-fed beef. To us it is an ethical, culinary, and nutritional imperative.
High Protein. Our empanadas have a good balance of protein, carbs and fat, which means a lower glycemic index. The meat varieties have upwards of 14g of protein each. This comes from our high quality fillings and the cheese which we incorporate into the dough.
Fresh Veggies. All our veggies are chopped fresh in house.
LIST OF INGREDIENTS WE DO NOT USE IN ANY OF OUR PRODUCTS