Dulce De Leche Churro Empanadas Recipe

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Lorraine Published: November 20, 2020 Modified: September 24, 2021
Dulce De Leche Churro Empanadas Recipe

How To Make Dulce De Leche Churro Empanadas

A fusion of two Mexican favorites, these churro empanadas are filled with creamy dulce de leche and dipped in cinnamon and chili-infused chocolate sauce.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



For Empanadas:

  • 14ozsweetened condensed milkor ready made Dulce De Leche/Nestle Caramel Top n Fill
  • 3sheetspuff pastry or shortcrust pastry
  • 1egg whitewhisked
  • 1tbspbuttermelted

For Cinnamon Sugar:

  • 3tbspgranulated sugar
  • 1tspcinnamonground

For Mexican Chocolate Dipping Sauce:

  • ozdark chocolateroughly chopped or broken into pieces
  • 4tbspreduced fat milk
  • ¼tspancho chili powderoptional
  • ½tsppure vanilla extract
  • ¼tspground cinnamon
  • 1tbspNutellaoptional


Dulce de Leche:

  1. Peel the label off the can.

  2. Place it whole into a large saucepan and cover the can with water. The water level should be about 2 inches higher than the top of the can.

  3. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to the lowest setting on your stove to allow the water to simmer gently for 2½ to 3 hours (or 3½ to 4 hours for a deeper caramel).

  4. Using tongs, VERY CAREFULLY turn over the cans halfway through simmering.

  5. When the water level begins to reduce down below the top of the cans, top it up with boiled water from a kettle.

  6. After simmering, take the saucepan off the heat and allow the can to come to room temperature. (Can be left overnight if there is time). Let them cool completely before opening.

  7. Once completely cooled, open the caramel and pour it out into a medium-sized bowl. Stir really well.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C).

  2. Cut 4 circles out from each pastry sheet.

  3. Spoon 1 tablespoon of Dulce De Leche onto one side of each pastry circle; lightly brush each side edge with the whisked egg white.

  4. Fold each circle over and pinch the pastry at the edges. Fold them over and pinch again to create a ‘seal’.

  5. Brush the tops over with the remaining egg white; lightly pierce the tops with a fork.

  6. Place them onto an oven tray lined with baking paper and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden and puffed up.

  7. Allow them to cool for about 5 minutes.

  8. Brush them over with the melted butter and evenly coat them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

  9. Serve with the Mexican chocolate dipping sauce!

Mexican Chocolate Dipping Sauce:

  1. Melt the chocolate and milk together over the stovetop in a small sauce over a gentle heat; or alternatively in the microwave in 30-second increments, until melted.

  2. Remove from heat and stir with a fork until smooth and silky.

  3. Stir through the chili powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and Nutella (if using), and mix until smooth.


  • Calories: 257.05kcal
  • Fat: 12.60g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.13g
  • Trans Fat: 0.05g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 4.78g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.86g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.92g
  • Fiber: 1.33g
  • Sugar: 24.32g
  • Protein: 4.67g
  • Cholesterol: 14.44mg
  • Sodium: 82.65mg
  • Calcium: 112.35mg
  • Potassium: 209.15mg
  • Iron: 1.46mg
  • Vitamin A: 36.42µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.88mg
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