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Welcome To

 The Best Empanada Challenge 

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We are getting ready for the 4th Annual Empanada Contest. Come back in a few weeks to see what we have in store for 2023!

Will Sabor Salvarodeno hold on to the trophy?

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Check out the 2022 Empanada Challenge Passport.

About the Empanada Challenge 

The empanadas we enjoy in this community are said to have originated in Galicia, Spain. They made their first appearance in the Western Hemisphere in the kitchens of Argentina from northern Spain immigrants. The name comes from the Spanish verb empanar, which means to wrap in bread. These delicious stuffed pastries could be fried or baked and stuffed with sweet or savory fillings. During celebrations, empanadas' convenient pocketed-shaped pastries have a universal love among all.

With the completion of the Chelsea Neighborhood Plan, organizers wanted to continue to engage the community by implementing projects that reflected their priorities.

Supporting local businesses and highlighting diversity were two of the top goals, and to that end, ACDEVCO and the Chelsea Economic Development Corporation are sponsoring this inaugural empanada contest.

The Competing Restaurants 

The restaurants participating as challengers for the Best Empanada in Chelsea Neighborhood, Atlantic City, New Jersey, are well known and frequented by neighborhood residents and workers.


Chelsea’s many Latin and South American restaurants are truly multi-cultural, reflecting the flavors and customs of El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Peru, Honduras, and Colombia.


The challenge also introduces the restaurants to those outside the neighborhood looking for authentic Latin food as well as a rich, vibrant, multicultural local experience. 


The competing restaurants are:

Congratulation to the Best Empanada Challenge of 2020 and 2021 Winners 

Rincón Catracho

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Our 2022 Inaugural Empanada Passport

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Virtual Map Location 

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