Our signature empanada crust is made with cassava-root starch and cheese, loaded with a variety of meat and veggie fillings. Cassava is a tropical plant with a tuberous edible root. It is also known as yucca, tapioca, or manioc. Although many in the US have never heard of it, it's a major crop in South America, Africa, and South East Asia.
There is one overarching theme to Cassava's food: nothing artificial. We don’t shy away from fats, especially healthy fats, and we don't count calories. But we avoid anything artificial like the plague. We make it all ourselves, using just a handful of ingredients you can pronounce.
The vast majority of our fillings are either baked or steamed, with no added oils at all. When necessary, 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 vegetable oils (think canola, corn, and soy), oxidized cholesterol is introduced into your system promoting vascular disease.
Everything is 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 our Hoisin empanda, made with gluten-free soy sauce).
No lectins.If any of our fillings requires beans, we pressure-cook them to ensure the complete removal of harmful lectins.
Pastured meat. Our most popular meat empanadas are also available made with 100% pastured meat - the highest quality, most nutritious meat available. Check out each product page to see the farms we source from. 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.