Air Fryer Cheesy Beef Empanadas

Air Fryer Cheesy Beef Empanadas

Latin American Empanadas Recipe

21 Mins
  • For the dough:
  • 408g all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 115g cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 177ml water
  • 1 large egg
  • For the beef filling:
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1lb. ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 200 g chopped tomatoes
  • 52g chopped pickled jalapeños
  • 25g shredded Cheddar
  • 25g Shredded Monterey Jack
  • Egg wash, for brushing
  • Freshly chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • Sour cream, for serving


In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Cut butter into flour using your hands or a pastry cutter until pea sized. Add water and egg and mix until dough is formed. Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes.


In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes, then add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Add ground beef and cook, breaking meat up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, around 5 minutes. Drain fat.


Return pan to medium heat, and stir tomato paste into beef. Add oregano, cumin, and paprika, and season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes and jalapeños and cook until warmed through, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.


Place dough on a lightly floured surface and divide in half. Roll one half out to ¼” thick. Using a 4.5” round cookie cutter, cut out rounds. Repeat with remaining dough. Reroll scraps once to cut out more rounds.


Lightly moisten outer edge of a dough round with water and place about 2 tablespoons filling in centre and top with cheddar and Monterey. Fold dough in half over filling. Use a fork to crimp edges together, then brush with egg wash. Repeat with remaining filling and dough.


Place empanadas in a parchment-lined Air Fryer basket, making sure they don't touch, and cook in batches at 400° for 10 minutes.


Garnish with cilantro and serve with sour cream.

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