Ready, Set, Cook! Hidden Valley Contest Entry. I started making these empanadas when my children were very young and we were always on the go – from school to after school events, from the library to the ski hill, to long drives for family vacations; they are as easy to make as they are portable – a homemade meal, not junk or fast food. These empanadas are fragrant, moist, full of flavor and very adaptable to what you have on hand. We have found that they are just as good as a simple weeknight meal at the dinner table as they are on the fly.