Delicious Homemade Empanada Dough Recipe

Are you preparing a party for more people? This delicious homemade empanada dough is an ideal finger food for any party.

What Are Empanadas?

Empanadas are a traditional dish of many countries in Latin America and Spain. They are prepared by folding the dough over a filling that usually consists of meat, cheese and corn.

The name empanada comes from the Spanish word empanar which means to wrap or wrap in bread / dough. Very simple – filling wrapped in dough that is baked or fried.

My DIY Way Of Preparing Empanada Dough At Home

I made two types of dough, ie the same recipe, but one with whole millet flour and sunflower oil and the other with whole oat flour and coconut oil.

All this in order to be able to recognize the fillings inside – the one with oat flour was a lot more spicy and “Mexican”, with corn, beans, red pepper and cayenne pepper, while the other dough (with a bit lighter oat flour) had my diy homemade dressing with leeks, sun-dried tomatoes, smoked tofu, zucchini and spiced with rosemary and mustard.

There are countless combination countless and it is up to you to choose your preferred flavors and tastes.

Homemade Empanada Dough Recipe

To start preparing your homemade empanada dough follow the recipe below. Total time to prepare everything is about 50 minutes, as long as you have all the ingredients. Once you’re done with this homemade empanada dough, you can add different dressings and I’ve put my favorites below.

Homemade Empanada Dough

  • 3 cups flour (millet or oat)
  • 8 tbsp oil (optional: sunflower, coconut, oil…)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1+1/2 cups cold water
  1. Start preparing your homemade empanada dough by mixing flour and salt and adding oil.

  2. Rub the oil into the flour with your fingers.

  3. Gradually add water and knead the dough. The dough should be neither too dry nor too wet. So it must not stick to the dish but also not fall apart.

  4. Let it stand for about 30 minutes before rolling.

  5. Roll out a thin dough on a floured surface and cut out circles with a glass or a smaller plate (depending on the size you want) and fill with the prepared stuffing (don't be tempted to overload the dough with stuffing, one spoon is enough) on one side of the dough.

  6. Cover the stuffing with the other side and press the edges with a fork to join. If you have trouble joining the dough, wet the edges with a little water.

  7. Arrange the empanadas on a baking sheet (lined with baking paper), coat them with oil and place the oven in a preheated oven at 170 degrees for approx. 20 minutes (depending on the thickness of the dough).

  8. When your homemade empanadas are baked, take them out of the oven and coat them with vegetable milk.

Once you’re all done, your homemade empanada dough may look like something on the photo below.

Mexican Dressing Ingredients

To add some flavor to your homemade empanada dough, you can try the authentic Mexican recipe. The recipe is quite simply and only takes a handful of minutes to get everything done.

Empanada Mexican Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 can corn (a jar is even better)
  • 1 cup cooked red beans (can use a different kind as well)
  • 1/2 cups passata
  • pinch of cayenne pepper, chili, pepper and salt
  1. Saute red onion in olive oil.

  2. When it has softened, add finely chopped paprika and simmer (if necessary, add a little water) until the paprika softens.

  3. Add corn, beans, passata and season as needed. Simmer for a few more minutes until everything is connected.

My Special Homemade Empanada Dressing

I also wanted to share my DIY homemade empanada dressing, which combines perfectly with the dough and can be a special treat. In case you prefer something a little bit easier and not so spicy, my special empanada dressing can be perfect for you.

DIY Homemade Empanada Dressing

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 leek
  • 1 zucchini
  • 100 g smoked tofu
  • 3-4 dried tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp soy cream (or yogurt)
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • dried rosemary and basil (optional)
  1. Grate zucchini, add salt and let stand for 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, chop the garlic, slice the leeks into thin crescents, grate the tofu, chop the sun-dried tomatoes.

  3. Squeeze the liquid out of the flasks.

  4. Saute garlic in olive oil and add leeks. Simmer for a few moments and add the drained zucchini.

  5. Saute for 2 minutes and add smoked tofu and tomatoes and spices. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally over low heat.

  6. When all the ingredients are cooked, transfer the filling to a bowl and let it cool down a bit. Then add soy yogurt or cream and mustard. Stir well and fill the dough.

Thank you for following my guide on how to make your empanada dough at home, and adding some delicious flavors into the mix.

If you love this recipe or have any thoughts or questions, let me know in the comments below!

With love,