Cuisine: Spanish

Cook Time: 1 Hour

Serves: 4

Classic empanadas are meat-filled dumplings that can either be baked or fried as per choice. Made either sweet or savory, it never ceases to impress your taste buds.

For dough:

  • 500 grams all-purpose flour
  • Butter or oil
  • Kosher salt

For filling:

  • 1 large cup minced meat (beef, lamb, or chicken) of your choice
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 3 peeled and diced boiled potatoes
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • Olive oil
  • Herbs like oregano, thyme, and basil
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 4-5 salted pitted olives
  • 4-5 cut jalapenos
  • Chicken or beef broth or simple water 

Empanadas are meat-filled dumplings that make a perfect evening or any party snack. How to make empanadas? Let's find out.

  1. Take the all-purpose flour and mix it with water. Gradually knead it to make a dough until it becomes soft. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
  2. For making the filling, take a pan and add oil to it. Now add minced meat to it and cook until it turns brown. 
  3. Remove the meat filling from the pan and again add some more oil. Now add boiled potatoes, peas, jalapenos, and olives. Add cayenne pepper, herb mix, and salt to this mixture and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Finally, add the meat mixture to this preparation and add beef or chicken broth to it. You can skip it and use water instead if you don't have broth.
  5. Cook until all the liquid evaporates from this mixture. Keep it aside and let it cool.
  6. Take small rounds of dough and dig a shallow hole in the center. Take a small spoonful of prepared mixture and fold the edges with the help of a fork. 
  7. Repeat all the steps for making empanadas.
  8. Oil these empanadas with the brush and put them in a baking dish. 
  9. Heat the oven to 375F and let it bake for 20-40 minutes until they turn golden.


Chef Tip: Uncooked empanadas can be stored for weeks. All you gotta do is to freeze them and reheat them in the oven.

Also, they can be made sweet by replacing the spicy with a sweet filling of fresh fruits or Nutella.

This mouth-watering Latin-American specialty is a treat for everyone. Give it a try sometime when you call your friends next time. 

Quick Bites

Fun Fact

• April 8th is National Empanada Day.

• Bolivian empanadas are made with beef, pork, or chicken, and usually contain potatoes, peas, and carrots, as well as a hard-boiled egg, an olive, or raisins. They are called saltenas and are moon-shaped pouches of dough customarily seamed along the top of the pastry.

Historical Fact

• They originated in northwest Spain, in a region known as Galicia.

• Originally they were made with bread dough, but now they are made with pastries as well.

Nutrition Fact

• Since the dish is deep-fried in oil, it is rich in calories and fats, with 3 calories per gram of Empanada, and the fat constituting around one-fourth the daily fat requirement. 

• It is also rich in Iron and Vitamin B12 and is a good source of protein if the filling is meat or fish. Taking on some extra calories once in a while is totally worth this delicious dish.