Empanada Recipes

These Latin American pastries can be filled with various meats, cheeses, and vegetables. Whether you prefer empanadas baked or fried, they're sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Authentic Empanada Pastry Dough

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
Try this easy and authentic empanada pastry dough! 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, just cut it into discs, and freeze for later use.

Empanada Dough

Rating: 3.5 stars 46
This basic dough can be filled with Empanada Pork Filling, then fried or baked.

Fried Empanadas

Rating: 4.5 stars 186
These fried empanadas are the best! Raisins and eggs make this recipe extra delicious believe it or not!

Empanadas (Beef Turnovers)

Rating: 5 stars 147
The perfect pastry for all meals! Empanadas, or beef turnovers, are discs of pastry packed with meat. Some turnover recipes call for all manner of fillings, but this GOYA® Empanada recipe features a delicious tomato, onion, garlic and beef mixture. You can enjoy empanadas as an appetizer, a main dish, or even after your main course. Use GOYA® Discos, or frozen pastry rounds, for a flaky beef turnover that will make your mouth water.
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Rating: 4.5 stars 444
Better make plenty - these disappear fast. The unbaked dough may be frozen. The baked cookies may also be frozen.

Mexican Pumpkin Empanadas

Rating: 4.5 stars 88
My take on a traditional pumpkin empanada! Adjust all spices to your taste.

Bolivian Saltenas

Rating: 4 stars 37
This is a Bolivian meat pastry, a cousin to the empanada. This recipe is one handed down from my grandmother. It makes 16 medium-sized saltenas.

Argentine Meat Empanadas

Rating: 4 stars 121
My original version for the Argentinean recipe. Rich and delicious. Any meat can be used for this recipe, just be sure to cut it up into tiny pieces.

Authentic Chicken Empanadas (Empanadas de Pollo)

My husband and I returned recently from a wonderful trip to Puerto Rico. While there we fell in love with "empanadas de pollo" (chicken pies), that we found at roadside stands along Route 3. Here is a version we came up with once we returned--delicious!

Classic Empanadas

Rating: 5 stars 5
These classic empanadas are ubiquitous all over Argentina. Filled with minced beef, hard-boiled egg, green olives, and potatoes, they make a filling snack or packed lunch treat.

Beef Empanadas

This authentic recipe was given to me by a visiting Argentinean professor while I was studying Spanish in college. They have become a staple food in my household as they are both simple to make, and delicious.

Empanadas de Pollo (Easy Chicken Empanadas)

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Transform your leftover cooked chicken into these tasty empanadas. This delicious, crispy, and tender Mediterranean-inspired finger food is easy to make!

Inspiration and Ideas

Our 14 Best Empanada Recipes
These portable finger foods can be stuffed with sweet or savory fillings. Try one of these five-star recipes.
Chilean Empanada
Rating: Unrated 37
My mother is from Chile and these have been a staple of our household for years. I have searched and searched and never seem to find the right one, so here is our family favorite. My mom likes to sprinkle sugar on hers. I prefer a little mustard to dip it in. We all have our own cravings. This recipe makes about a dozen large empanadas, depending on the size.
Empanada Filling
Rating: 4.5 stars 7

This is my grandmother's recipe for Peruvian beef empanada filling. Use homemade pie crust or, in a pinch, refrigerated pie crust to make these Peruvian turnovers. Lightly dust powdered sugar over the baked empanadas and serve with lime wedges for authentic flair.