Empanadas Abiertas de Humita (Creamy Corn Empanadas)


Creamy corn empanadas are an Argentinean classic. These can be made open like a tart or closed like a pasty - the choice is yours! You can opt to make the pasty-like version; find the method in the footnote.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
23 mins
Total Time:
38 mins
12 empanadas


  • 12 empanada pastry rounds

  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 3 green onions, minced

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweet corn, drained

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups whole milk

  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease and flour a 12-cup muffin tin.

  2. Line the muffin cups with the 12 pastry rounds.

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir green onions until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add corn, salt, pepper, and nutmeg; cook and stir until heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove skillet from heat.

  4. Heat 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat; add flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until a paste forms, about 1 minute. Slowly pour in milk, whisking constantly, and cook until a thick sauce forms and starts to bubble, 2 to 3 minutes. Add half of the Parmesan cheese and stir until smooth; remove from heat. Stir sauce into corn mixture.

  5. Fill pastry with corn mixture and top each with remaining Parmesan cheese.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

To make pasty-like 'closed' empanadas, spoon one big dollop of the sweet corn mixture in the center of the empanada pastry round. Fold the dough over in half to enclose the filling. Use a fork to press and seal the edges. Brush with beaten egg and bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) until golden.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

224 Calories
9g Fat
31g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 224
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 377mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 108mg 2%

* 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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