Delicious Homemade Empanadas: A Cultural Tapestry of Flavor

Nov 10, 2023 | Main Courses

Based on the recipe, I can make the following assumptions:

Difficulty: Moderate
Prep Time: 30 minutes + 30 minutes resting time for the dough
Cooking Time: 25 minutes


Prep Time

Cooking Time

60 minutes
25 minutes


Empanadas Ingredients

– 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
– 1/4 cup cold water
– 1 large egg, beaten (for egg wash)

For the filling:
– 1 lb ground beef or chicken (alternatively, use vegetarian options like spinach and feta, or cheese)
– 1 small onion, finely diced
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 teaspoon ground cumin
– 1 teaspoon paprika
– 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
– Salt and pepper to taste
– Olive oil for cooking


1. Begin by preparing the pastry. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the cubed butter and rub it into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

2. Gradually pour in the cold water, a little at a time, and mix until the dough comes together. Shape the dough into a ball, cover it with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow it to rest.

3. Meanwhile, let’s prepare the filling. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the diced onion and minced garlic, and sauté until they turn translucent and fragrant.

4. Add the ground beef or chicken to the skillet and break it up with a wooden spoon. Cook until the meat is browned, then season with cumin, paprika, chili powder (if using), salt, and pepper. Stir well to incorporate the spices evenly.

5. Cook the filling mixture for another 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld and develop. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

6. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

7. Now, let’s get back to the dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to about 1/8 inch thickness. Using a round cookie cutter or a glass, cut out circles about 4-5 inches in diameter.

8. Place a spoonful of the filling, about 2 tablespoons, in the center of each dough circle. Fold the dough in half, creating a half-moon shape, and press the edges firmly to seal. You can crimp the edges with a fork for a decorative touch.

9. Arrange the filled empanadas on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with the beaten egg wash to give them a beautiful golden color when baked.

10. Bake the empanadas for about 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry turns golden and crispy.

Empanadas Cooking Instructions

Serving Suggestion:

Empanadas are best enjoyed warm and can be served as a main course or as appetizers. Serve them with a side of chimichurri sauce or salsa for a burst of tangy freshness.

Variations and Tips:

– For a vegetarian option, sauté a mix of spinach and diced onions until wilted, then combine with crumbled feta cheese or your choice of cheese.
– Explore different fillings like shredded chicken with onions and bell peppers, shredded beef with olives, or even seafood delights like shrimp and crab.
– Experiment with sweet empanadas by using fruit fillings like apple and cinnamon or pumpkin and brown sugar.


These homemade empanadas are more than just a delightful dish; they represent a cultural tapestry woven through centuries of tradition. Take a bite, and let the flavors transport you to distant lands, where the love for good food unites us all.

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