Pumpkin Empanadas


These pumpkin empanadas are my take on the traditional Mexican ones! Adjust all spices to your taste.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
12 empanadas



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • cup white sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening

  • 1 cup warm water


  • 4 cups canned pure pumpkin

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves


  • 1 large beaten egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Make dough: Whisk together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. Cut shortening into flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in warm water, 2 tablespoons at a time, just until dough starts coming together. Knead dough a few times in the bowl.

  3. Transfer dough out onto a floured surface. Cut dough in quarters, then cut each quarter into thirds to make 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball. Cover with a cloth and allow to rest while you make filling.

  4. Make filling: Mix together pumpkin, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cloves in a large bowl until smooth.

  5. Roll each dough ball out on a floured surface into a thin, 6-inch circle. Spoon about 1/3 cup filling into the center of each dough circle. Fold dough over filling to make a half-moon-shaped pie, then crimp the edges together with a fork. Place onto the prepared baking sheets. Brush the tops with beaten egg.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the filling is hot and crusts are shiny and browned, about 20 minutes.

    Mexican Pumpkin Empanadas

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

384 Calories
19g Fat
52g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 384
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 710mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 190mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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