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Empanadas are fried, baked, or air fryer hand pies that have either a savory or sweet filling, which is very popular in South America. They are also known as empanadillas (or pastelillos), depending on which country they are from. In the states, we know them as a turnover type of pastry —or as a sandwich. The name empanada is Spanish for “to bread” and they are usually filled with meat, cheese, fish veggies or a combination.

What Kind of Dough is Needed for Empanadas?

Pizza or pie dough can be used to make empanadas. Empanada dough can easily be made from scratch. I have included a couple of recipes for homemade dough below. It’s super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. Beginners will be able to make their own dough in no time. 

What is the Best Cooking Method for Empanadas?

Empanadas are delicious either fried or baked. Baking uses less oil and so does the air fryer, but they both are wonderful. If you would like to make empanadas in the oven, they will still come out crispy and tasty. Scroll down below to find 50 different ways to make empanadas, from the meat lover’s version to the vegetarian choices. All mouth-watering appetizers or small main course, great served alone or with a salad or rice and beans for a more filling meal.

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What is the Best Way to Seal Empanadas?

There are multiple ways to seal empanada dough, depending on preference. I prefer to use a fork to crimp the edge. You can crimp the edges of the pastries using a fork by simply pressing along the edges with the tines, fold the edges with your fingers in a purse-like shape, or simply roll the edges.

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Crimping with a fork is one option, or another way is to fold the edges with your fingers. Afterward, brush the edges with water or a beaten egg wash to make sure that the empanada is sealed closed. Try not to overstuff the empanada, or else you will have a big mess with empanadas bursting.

Can Empanadas Be Made Ahead of Time?

Empanada dough can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for up to two days. The filling can also be refrigerated overnight.

Empanada recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. They can be baked, fried, or air-fried right before guests arrive. They are popular and delicious to serve at any dinner party.

Related: Empanadas for Every Taste: 15 Great Recipes!

What are the Different Choices of Dough for Empanadas?

  • Make your own dough using one of the recipes found below.
  • Use a store-bought pie dough found in the freezer section at the market.
  • Or use GOYA discos, which can be found in the freezer section at your local grocery store with other international foods.

50 Best Empanada Recipes

Easy Ham and Honey Mustard Filling Empanadas
Chicken, Cheese and Mushroom Filling Empanadas
Taco Turkey Empanadas
Caramel Apple Empanadas
Pumpkin Empanadas Recipe
Baked Empanadas
Chicken Empanada Recipe
Portuguese Shrimp Empanadas
Empanada Dough Recipe
Cheesy Ground Beef Empanadas
Rib Eye Breakfast Empanadas
low carb beef and chorizo empanadas
Strawberry Empanadas recipe
Beef and Potato Empanadas
Jalapeño Popper Empanadas
Turkey, Stuffing & Cranberry Empanadas
Three Ingredient Chicken Empanadas
Keto Empanadas
Easy Chicken Empanadas
Mexican Chicken Empanadas
Buffalo Chicken Empanadas
Mexican Street Corn Empanadas
Taco Empanadas
Beef Empanadas (Argentina)
Dark Chocolate Mole Empanadas
Mexican Pineapple Empanadas
Apple Cinnamon Empanadas
Pumpkin Pie Empanadas
Cheese Empanadas
Chiverre Squash Empanadas
Bean and Cheese Empanadas
Caramel Empanadas
Costa Rican Beef Picadillo Empanadas
Easy Empanadas
Matt’s Argentinian Empanadas
Empanadas Mendocinas
Beef Empanadas
Rhubarb Empanadas
Cuban Empanadas
Turkey Empanadas
Baked Beef Empanadas
Puerto Rican Empanadillas
5 ingredients Empanada Dough
Jamaican Beef Patties
Cuban Sandwich Empanadas
Venezuelan Black Bean and Cheese Domino Empanadas
Ham and Cheese Empanadas
Argentinian Beef Empanadas
Sweet Potato Black Bean Empanadas
Potato and Chorizo Empanadas
Best Empanada Recipes

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