Family Recipe Flourish in Empanadas by You

Daiana Salinas recently served empanadas at the Surfside Farmers Market in Cape Coral.

When Diana and Nick Salinas moved to Cape Coral from Miami two years ago and Nick started his plumbing job, Diana thought, “I want to do something.”

I remembered the recipes Nick had borrowed from his mother, Teresa, which he had been selling from 2008 to 2010.

When Nick transferred them to Dayana, the empanadas bai yo were born. Started in February 2020; And the global pandemic, lack of money and no food truck didn’t stop her.

Diana Salinas and her crew make seven different types of empanadas & #x002013;  Regular and Spicy Chicken; Regular and Spicy Beef; Ham and Cheese;  Spinach, chicken and spinach.

Diana Salinas and her crew make seven different types of pies – regular and spicy chicken; Regular beef, spicy ham and cheese; Spinach, chicken and spinach.

“It’s very exciting to have a fresh start,” Diana said. “When we started, we put everything on Facebook Marketplace. We never thought it would grow so fast.”

Empanadas By Us can be found at farmers markets in Naples, Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, and Port Charlotte, as well as three markets in Cape Coral on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

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They were making between 1,500 and 1,600 empanadas a week and that was before the season started. Parents and friends help with preparations and sales.

Dayana and her crew make seven different types of empanadas – regular chicken and spicy; Regular beef, spicy ham and cheese; Spinach, chicken and spinach.

When they participated in the Empanada Festival in Port Charlotte last February, they took home the award for Most Creative.

It was Fabiana Sainz, the employee of the

Empanadas by Us employee Fabiana Sainz was one of the vendors participating in the Cape Coral Farmers Market last Saturday.

“This was so crazy,” Diana said. “We took 600 with us and sold out within three hours. Beef is a favorite of our customers. But when we ran out, people were still queuing for what we had.”

She remembers her first order of twenty empanadas. She had no money so she had to borrow $50 to buy supplies. Then they also started taking orders online.

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Empanadas By Us only remained closed in March 2020, during the pandemic.

Nick said they’re looking into adding recipes with an Italian flavor.

“There are so many different types of Dominican, Colombian, Argentinean pancakes,” he said.

You can find Daiana Salinas and Empanadas By Us at farmers markets in Naples, Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, and Port Charlotte plus three in Cape Coral.

You can find Daiana Salinas and Empanadas By Us at farmers markets in Naples, Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, and Port Charlotte plus three in Cape Coral.

On the road, Diana would like to have a restaurant. She preferred the Mid Cape because most of her clients are there. The biggest challenge is finding a store of the size you want at the price you want.

“I’m looking forward to this year,” she said. “It will be the best year ever.”

if you go

What: Empanadas by us

Local Markets: Surfside Sunshine Market 1-6 p.m. Tuesday; Cape Coral Farmer Market 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays; Mid Cape Farmer’s Market on Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM

Facebook: Empanadas By Us & More

For more information: 305-742-9859

This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: Farmers Market Find in Cape Coral: Family Recipe Thrive at Empanadas By Us

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