Authentic Empanada Pastry Dough


Try this easy and authentic dough for making empanada pastry rounds! It's quick to make since all ingredients are mixed in a food processor, then kneaded just very quickly, and it's done. You can make it in advance: cut dough into rounds and freeze them for later.

close up view of Empanada Pastry Dough rounds on a wooden surface
Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
12 pastry rounds


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed

  • 1 egg

  • 6 tablespoons warm water

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine sifted flour and butter in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until crumbly. Add egg and pulse until just combined.

  2. Dissolve salt in warm water. Add gradually to the food processor and pulse until a soft dough ball forms. Place dough ball into a bowl and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  3. Dust a work surface with flour and knead dough for 1 minute. Roll out thinly and cut into rounds; use right away for your favorite sweet or savory empanadas, or freeze for later.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

116 Calories
5g Fat
16g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 116
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 201mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 29mg 1%

* 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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