Easy Empanadas Recipe

Empanadas are a traditional Latin American dish that may seem a little daunting to make. But with this easy-to-make recipe, you can have delicious empanadas in no time. Try this empanada recipe next time you’re in the mood for a little Latin flavor.

Easy Empanadas Recipe

How To Make Easy Empanadas

Enjoy a hot pocket on the go with this mouthwatering empanada recipe! It's a Mexican delight of meat and veggies in one crispy pastry.

Prep: 20 mins
Rest Time: 30 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 1 hr 25 mins


For Empanada Dough:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, add more for dusting
  • ¾ cup water, hot
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cooking spray

For Filling:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1  tbsp taco seasoning
  • 10 oz tomatoes, chopped (no need to deseed)
  • oz red onions, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste



  1. Heat a skillet with oil on medium-high heat. Add the beef and saute for roughly 8 to 10 minutes until caramelized. Drain and set aside.

  2. Using the same skillet with the oil, add the onions and garlic. Saute until translucent.

  3. Add the tomatoes and saute briefly.

  4. Return the beef back into the skillet and add the taco seasoning.

  5. Reduce heat to medium and continue simmering for roughly 10 minutes until the liquid has almost evaporated completely.

  6. Add the cheese and mix to combine.

  7. Season with salt and pepper. Adjust accordingly and set aside to cool down completely. You can do this up to 2 days before baking your empanadas.

Empanada Dough:

  1. Dissolve salt in the water into a large mixing bowl.

  2. Add the melted butter and flour, then mix until it forms a dough.

  3. Dust your working area with flour, place your dough on it, and knead for roughly 10 minutes until smooth.

  4. Cover with cling film and set aside to rest for at least 30 minutes.

  5. While waiting, grease a baking sheet with cooking spray and dust with flour.

  6. Once rested, divide the dough into 2 ounces portions and roll with your hand enclosed to form a ball.

  7. Place onto your dusted baking sheet and set aside.

To Assemble:

  1. Preheat your oven to 360 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.

  2. Roll your dough balls into a circle roughly 5-inches wide, then place roughly 1 tablespoon of filling per rolled dough.

  3. Either seal with a fork or crimp the edges.

  4. Place these onto your lined baking sheet, then dock the dough by poking a few holes for steam to release.

  5. Bake the empanadas for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

  6. Serve and enjoy!


  • Sugar: 1g
  • :
  • Calcium: 56mg
  • Calories: 366kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Cholesterol: 52mg
  • Fat: 20g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 231mg
  • Protein: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Sodium: 270mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 500IU
  • Vitamin C: 4mg
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