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.

Staff Picks

Authentic Empanada Pastry Dough

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
Try this easy and authentic dough for making empanada pastry discs! It's 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: cut dough into discs and freeze them for later.

Chicken Empanadas

Rating: 5 stars 4
Chef John shows us how to make his baked chicken empanadas.

Empanada Dough

Rating: 3.5 stars 47
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 150
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 95
My take on a traditional pumpkin empanada! Adjust all spices to your taste.


Rating: 4.5 stars 445
Better make plenty - these disappear fast. The unbaked dough may be frozen. The baked cookies may also be frozen.
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Argentine Meat Empanadas

Rating: 4 stars 122
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.
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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.

Authentic Chicken Empanadas (Empanadas de Pollo)

Rating: 3.5 stars 2
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!

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.

Argentinian Beef Empanadas

Rating: 4 stars 22
My family loves these juicy meat pies with raisins, chopped olives, and hard-boiled eggs. This Argentinian empanadas recipe is always a hit.
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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.
Bolivian Saltenas
Rating: Unrated 38
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.
Empanadas Salteñas
Rating: 5 stars 1

These are truly traditional beef empanadas from Salta, one of the Northern Provinces in Argentina. Made with ground beef, potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and a fluffy homemade empanada pastry, these are just to die for!