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

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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.

Fried Empanadas

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

Empanadas (Beef Turnovers)

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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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Mexican Pumpkin Empanadas

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My take on a traditional pumpkin empanada! Adjust all spices to your taste.

Empanada Dough

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This basic dough can be filled with Empanada Pork Filling, then fried or baked.


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Better make plenty - these disappear fast. The unbaked dough may be frozen. The baked cookies may also be frozen.

Argentine Meat Empanadas

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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.

Argentinian Beef Empanadas

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My family loves these juicy meat pies with raisins, chopped olives, and hard-boiled eggs. This recipe is always a hit.

Bolivian Saltenas

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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.

Classic Empanadas

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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.

Empanadas de Pollo (Easy Chicken Empanadas)

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

Chilean Empanada

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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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Classic Empanadas

"These are ubiquitous all over Argentina. Filled with beef, hard-boiled egg, green olives, and potatoes, they make a filling snack or packed lunch treat." – Fioa

Chilean Empanada

"My mother's from Chile and this recipe is almost exactly like hers!" – Aminah

Empanadas Abiertas de Humita (Creamy Corn Empanadas)

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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.