Fried Empanadas


These fried empanadas are the best! Raisins and eggs make this recipe extra delicious believe it or not!

Prep Time:
1 hrs
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
2 dozen


  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • ½ cup shortening

  • 1 ¼ cups water, or as needed

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 2 tablespoons paprika

  • 1 tablespoon cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ cup raisins

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped

  • 1 quart oil for frying, or as needed


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Cut in shortening using a pastry blender, or pinching into small pieces using your fingers, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Use a fork to stir in water a few tablespoons at a time, until the mixture forms a ball. Pat into a ball, and flatten slightly. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender. Crumble in the beef, and season with salt, paprika, cumin and black pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until beef is browned. Drain excess grease, and stir in the raisins and vinegar. Refrigerate until chilled, then stir in the hard-cooked eggs.

  3. Form the dough into 2 inch balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball out into a thin circle. Spoon some of the meat mixture onto the center, then fold into half-moon shapes. Seal edges by pressing with your fingers.

  4. Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 365 degrees F (180 degrees C). Place one or two pies into the fryer at a time. Cook for about 5 minutes, turning once to brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels, and serve hot.


We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

528 Calories
46g Fat
21g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 528
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 46g 59%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 138mg 3%

* 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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