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Easy Air Fryer Beef Empanadas

by Nellie

Did you know that it is super easy to make Air Fryer Beef Empanadas right at home? Using yummy spices and your favorite filling you will love these delicious treats!

Empanadas are one of my favorite delicacies. Growing up in a Jamaican household, I’ve grown up eating beef patties almost on a daily basis. Empanadas are similar but not quite the same.

Empanadas come from the Latin cuisine, and are similar to beef patties but have a different color and seasoning. Still just as delicious.

Living in NYC I have always had my choice of empanada trucks, there are so many different ones! I was always a fan of the beef but my husband introduced me to class flavors like guava and cheese, chicken and so much more!

Air Fryer Beef Empanadas

Since we have been home so much I have been trying all kinds of restaurant favorites like these Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits and this Easy Copycat Chik-Fil-A Peppermint Milkshake

One night I really wanted some real Latin inspired empanadas, so I made sure I had ground beef, the essential seasonings and of course the Adobe seasoning.

These empanadas won’t be the same taste as the ones you get that are deep fried but they are as close as it gets! Plus they are healthier than the deep fried ones.

What ingredients do you need for these Air Fryer Beef Empanadas?

chopped onion

ground beef

minced garlic

Adobo seasoning

dried oregano

1 packet of sazon (optional)


15 dough discs

These yummy treats are not only tasty but you can make a bunch, put them in the fridge and reheat for snacks during the week. Good and filling which is what I need with these very healthy and hungry boys here at home.

If you like them, be sure to grab a few pack of discs to keep in the freezer so you can make them anytime!

Easy Air Fryer Empanadas
Yield: 10 Empanadas

Easy Air Fryer Empanadas

Did you know that it is super easy to make Air Fryer Beef Empanadas right at home? Using yummy spices and your favorite filling you will love these delicious treats!


  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Adobo seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
  • 1 packet of sazon optional
  • 2 tablespoons of cilantro chopped
  • 15 dough discs


  1. In a large pan over medium high heat, warm oil. Once oil is warmed, add beef, onions, and Adobo seasoning.
  2. Brown beef, about 6-7 minutes.
  3. Drain ground beef.
  4. Add remaining seasonings and cilantro. Cook an additional minute. Add shredded cheese, if desired. Melt cheese.
  5. To each dough disc, add 3-4 tablespoons of meat mixture over the cheese slice.
  6. Fold over the dough disc, and with a fork, crimple edges and set to the side.
  7. Preheat Air Fryer at 370 degrees for three minutes.
  8. Once three minutes are over, spray Air Fryer pan with cooking spray and add 3-4 empanadas to the basket. Close basket, and set to 370 degrees and cook for 7 minutes. After 7 minutes, check on it. Cook up to an additional 3 minutes, or desired level of crispness, if desired.
  9. Repeat until finished.

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If you liked these Air Fryer Beef Empanadas, check out these Scrumptious Air Fryer Apple Fritters Recipe!


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