Eat This Now: Empanadas from Empa Mundo in Irving

It’s Wednesday and time for Eat This Now by Daniel Walker of

I’ll admit, it’s been a while since my high school Spanish class, but I’m pretty sure “Empa Mundo” translates loosely to either “world of empanadas” or “empanadas-so good-they’ll-melt-yourface-off.”  Although this humble establishment may be a bit off the beaten path, this is one path is filled with richly rewards for those willing to traverse it.

Owner Raul Gordon is a man who understands one simple culinary concept: if you are going to do only one thing, then do it well.  And when it comes to empanadas, Raul does his job superbly. His quiet dedication to the empanada has produced a nearly perfect little pocket of love.

Every empanada is hand-made to order and fried to order right before your eager eyes.  The crispy exterior shell is light and flaky, never too oily, and creates a perfect vessel for each of the tantalizing fillings awaiting you inside.

There’s more…

Drool-inducing flavors include the criolla (beef or chicken, onions, raisins, and eggs); spinach (with ricotta and parmesean cheeses); Texas brisket (with potato and chiles); and chilipanzingas (with ham and cheese).  Each is accompanied by the herbaceous house-made chimichurri. Believe me, you will be drinking this stuff with a straw after a few tastes.

If Hugh Hefner wasn’t such a senile old coot and had a little more sense, he would stop selling magazines full of silicone-enhanced naked women and throw in a few centerfolds of these empanadas.  He would have a copy hidden under every foodie’s mattress in America.

Don’t be fooled by the strip mall facade, what lies within the doors of Empa Mundo is nothing short of a culinary gold mine. Go eat this now.

3977 North Belt Line Road
Irving, TX 75038
(972) 746-4516


  • BigJonDaniel

    Welcome to last year

  • Daniel Walker

    @BigJonDaniel, I realize it’s not the hottest new place in the city, I just thought more people should know about it.

  • Eduardo

    I went there one evening last year having met Mr. Raul a few months before just to see how the new place was looking and to my surprise he tells me “We open tomorrow morning, we have everyting ready” so I said “so, can you sell me a dozen so I have my dinner and some for my breakfast?” – “of course” he replied – I wanted to try them all so I actually got 2 of each or 1 of each, at that time they still didn’t have the individual wrappers with flavor name tags so I started getting one by one from the box and to my surprise I ended up eating 7 empanadas that night and one of each of the available flavors, all delicious, I still don’t know which one’s my favourite flavor as they keep adding more. So that’s my story on how I am the first client to have eaten there and beat the first person that went in the next morning on the official opening day thinking of being the first customer.
    I encourage all of the readers, not to eat all at once like I did, as their empanadas are really rich and 2-3 are probably enough for most people, but to try them all, and for that you will become a regular as I know you’ll love them and enjoy them.
    Like posted by the reporter up there, don’t let yourself be fooled by the appearence of the street mall, it’s actually an advantage as you’ll find a quiet atmosphere and always a good parking spot nearby, and those of you that like to work on the go, empamundo offers free WiFi, so you can take your time, work from there while enjoying the most delicious argentinian empanadas in the DFW metroplex.

  • Alma

    What a delight! The empanadas are out of this world. I had the brisket and the criolla. Will definitely go back for the chorizo. Mr Raul Gordon and his family are top notch.