ATLANTIC CITY – ACDevco and Chelsea Economic Development Corporation are hosting their third annual Empanada Challenge during the month of September at 10 restaurants in the city’s Chelsea neighborhood. A celebration and announcement of the winner will take place 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the C.R.O.P.S. Market@Chelsea in O’Donnell Park Memorial Park.

New this year is an Empanada Passport offering customers the opportunity to win a signature 2022 Empanada Challenge T-shirt by sampling empanadas from all participating restaurants.

The contest was created in 2020 during the pandemic to encourage support of Chelsea’s local businesses while highlighting cultural diversity among neighborhood restaurants.

Empanada voters simply need to buy and taste an empanada from two or more, or all 10 of the participating restaurants anytime during the month of September, then cast their vote for their favorite at

Empanada Challenge contestants reflect the flavors and customs of El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Peru, Honduras, and Colombia. Information about the restaurants and their unique empanadas are also on the site. Participating restaurants include Boom Food Market, Mr. Taco, El Gran Chalan, El Patron Restaurant & Bar, Mexico Restaurant & Bar, Queens, Rincón Catracho, and Sabor Salvadoreno. The sponsors are pleased to welcome new contestants Sabor Latino II and Nicole’s Corner Store.

The winner’s event on Oct. 1 will also include a celebrity judge tasting with local chefs voting for best presentation, best filling, best crust, and best overall taste.

More information can be found at

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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.