Our Story

The Story of Quebracho Empanadas

noun, \ kā-ˈbrä-chō \ Spanish, quiebra hacha, literally, the axe breaker.

A hardwood tree native to South America. Its highly dense wood produces long burning fires, making it the preferred type of firewood in Argentina for a traditional asado gaucho. 

Los Domingos en Familia / Sundays With Family

Celebrating family and friends and replicating the experience of a family Sunday in Argentina is what truly lies at the heart of our business. Conversation, laughter and food all blend in this weekly gathering that revolves around the table, all put together by a host –the Argentine grill master– who proudly welcomes every guest to the house and makes sure everyone feels at home. 

Meet Belén Rodríguez 

Originally from Argentina, Belén moved to Minneapolis in 2012 after meeting her husband in Colorado and moving with him back home for four years. 

She comes from the Argentine Pampas —like most families in the region, hers has a business in the beef industry. Growing up in this environment and seeing her dad grill almost every weekend since she could remember meant there were no chances for her major in Translation and Interpreting to turn into a full-time career. Her heart was in the kitchen. 

About Quebracho Empanadas

Belén’s first job in the culinary world was at Anne Andrus’ Honey & Rye Bakehouse. After that, she transitioned to the wood-fired oven at Campiello Eden Prairie, then the dome at Francis Mallmann’s 1884 Restaurante, and finally at a variety of positions at Paul Berglund’s The Bachelor Farmer, including butchering and assisting with their charcuterie program. 

It was at the end of 2016 that she decided to take a step back from the restaurant world to open something of her own. Her first concept was a small-scale charcuterie and savory pies shop, where she fused her upbringings and curiosity for butchering and charcuterie. But when COVID forced her to temporarily shut down her business, she was forced to pivot and readapt, and so Quebracho Empanadas was born, allowing her to keep the essence of the company alive, while still doing what she loves and, most importantly, accompanied by the same team –the same family, it all started with.