Empanadas Argentinas

The Chilean empanada recipe I posted last year generated a lot of interest on this blog which tells me that people like empanadas. I would like to share one from Argentina that I received from Mariana.

There are many varieties and the Argentinian empanada usually has olives, sweet paprika (bellpeppers) and raisins, however, since Mariana tries to please her family she leaves those ingredients out.

Dough discs can be made from scratch, but they can also be found in Latino grocery stores (time saver!). Mariana recommends Argentinian “La Salteña” frozen dough discs which can be both fried or baked. Since we prefer the healthy version, this recipe calls for baking.


1 tbsp oil
EmpanadasArgentina1 pound ground beef (sirloin)
1/2 onion finely chopped
2 tbsp dry oregano
1 tbsp crushed red pepper
1 tbsp ground cumin
salt and pepper
2 roasted peppers, diced
empanada dough discs
3 eggs, hard boiled and sliced
2 tbsp Spanish sweet paprika (optional)
10 green olives, pitted (optional)
1/2 cup seedless raisins (optional)

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the ground meat and chopped onion, saute until slightly browned. Add spices (and raisins), cook until meat is thoroughly cooked. Stir in roasted peppers and let mixture cool off.

Fill empanada discs with meat mixture add one slice of egg (and one olive). Fold and seal the empanada with some water.  Mariana sprinkles a little sugar on her empanadas.  You could whisk an egg and brush on top prior to baking in the oven for  20-30 minutes at 300 degrees.

Buen provecho!

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9 thoughts on “Empanadas Argentinas

  • 13 October, 2009 at 9:50 am
    There are different versions of this delicious snack in other Latin American countries but the Argentinian "Empanadas" are some of the best. Great recipe!
  • 13 October, 2009 at 10:44 am
    Yes, it's interesting how a slight change in the recipe makes a difference in the taste. Thanks for commenting.
  • 21 October, 2009 at 12:45 pm
    These look very lovely & delicious. They are quite like the Malaysian curry puffs that I love.
  • 22 October, 2009 at 10:31 am
    Hmm I love empanadas. A Mexican version of these treats is made with puff pastry and those are my favorite, ever! This filling sounds so good, too. Another one that goes to the to-bake list :)
  • 22 October, 2009 at 9:52 pm
    I know the Indian version, but I have not tried Malaysian yet. Would love to share your recipe on my blog. Thanks for commenting MaryMoh! I really like your blog and feel very connected since my mom's parents were from Java :)
  • 22 October, 2009 at 9:55 pm
    Hi Ben, thanks for your comment! I like empanadas too and I'm learning now that there are so many different versions I might add more recipes soon. Do you have a recipe for the Mexican empanada to share? Btw, your blog is awesome and the pictures are great!
  • 27 October, 2009 at 2:47 am
    These look very neat and delicious. In Malaysia we just call it puffs...curry puffs being a very popular one. My family loves them
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