Easy Leftover Meatloaf Empanadas

Try this empanada recipe for a great way to use leftover meatloaf wrapped in homemade pastry.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
10 empanadas


  • 2 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • cup water

  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

  • ½ pound leftover meatloaf, or more as desired

  • 2 ½ tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 tablespoons crushed bay leaf

  • 2 tablespoons cumin

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 egg yolks


  1. Sift flour into a bowl. Add butter, egg, water, and vinegar. Combine, mashing with your hands, until dough is well blended and sticks together.

  2. Put meatloaf in a bowl and add chili powder, crushed bay leaves, cumin, garlic powder, and salt. Mash together until well mixed.

  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add meatloaf and cook until hot and browned, 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

  5. Flour a work surface and roll out dough. Cut out 10 circles.

  6. Add an equal amount of meatloaf filling to each circle. Fold dough over and use a fork to enclose and seal empanadas. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

  7. Whisk egg yolks in a bowl and brush over empanadas.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until slightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Try using a cheese grater on the garlic; it is way faster than mincing. Also, the dough may rip, so be gentle.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

285 Calories
16g Fat
26g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 285
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 126mg 42%
Sodium 653mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 176mg 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.