Potato & Pea Empanadas with Coconut-Date Sauce

by | Updated: June 4th, 2021

These delightful pockets of potato and petite peas burst at the seams with flavor. In this recipe, a unique coconut-date sauce seductively complements the savory and spicy filling with a sweet taste of the tropics. Finger-food empanadas are always scene-stealers at picnics, barbeques or family gatherings. Bake some up!

Potato & Pea Vegan Empanadas with Coconut-Date Sauce |Vitacost.com/blog

Potato & Pea Vegan Empanadas with Coconut-Date Sauce |Vitacost.com/blog
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Potato & Pea Empanadas with Coconut-Date Sauce

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 198 kcal
Author Iso Rapalo


Dough (or use pre-made)




  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In food processor, combine flour, salt, sugar and butter and pulse until pea-sized clumps form. Gradually add ice water until ball forms.
  3. On floured flat surface, knead lightly 3-4 minutes with hands. Shape into ball then flatten into disk. Wrap disc in plastic wrap and let rest in refrigerator 30 minutes.
  4. On floured flat surface, roll dough to 8x10-inches or larger. Sprinkle on grated frozen butter, then fold over 2-3 times to create layers.
  5. Flour surface again and roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Use 3-½-inch circular cookie cutter to cut out 12-16 dough circles.


  1. In bowl, add cooled potatoes and mash roughly. Add peas, garlic, chipotle, salt, pepper and butter and gently combine.
  2. Arrange filling in center of each dough circle, taking care not to overfill. Fold circle in half over filling and pinch edges closed. Using tines of fork, crimp edges. Repeat until all dough is used.
  3. Arrange empanadas on baking sheet.
  4. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.


  1. In blender, combine sauce ingredients and blend until smooth.


  1. Use coconut oil as substitute for vegan butter.
  2. For crispier empanadas, brush with mixture of butter and plant-based milk before baking.

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Nutrition Facts
Potato & Pea Empanadas with Coconut-Date Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 1g
Sodium 246mg10%
Potassium 242mg7%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 167IU3%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Iso Rapalo

After 10+ years of working in book publishing and obtaining a masters degree in communications, Iso developed a true passion for artsy, diverse foods. She’s a true believer that "Food is Culture; and Food is Art.” Iso specializes in developing and testing easy, diverse recipes that bring wellness and a balance of flavors to her dishes. She’s obsessed with kitchenware, new food trends and farmer’s market produce. She currently resides in New York. Learn more about Iso on her Instagram channel (@iso.rapalo).