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Easy Air Fryer Beef 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!

Easy Air Fryer Beef Empanadas

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.

 These golden, flaky pastries are filled with a savory, seasoned beef mixture that promises a burst of flavor with every bite. Made effortlessly in the air fryer, these empanadas deliver the delicious crispiness of the traditional fried version but with a healthier twist. Perfect for appetizers or a main course, these empanadas are your ticket to a culinary journey right at home.

Easy Air Fryer Beef Empanadas

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!


2. Can I use a different filling? Yes, empanadas are extremely versatile. You could use chicken, cheese, vegetables, or even sweet fillings like fruits or jams.

3. Can I make these empanadas gluten-free? Yes, simply use a gluten-free dough. There are many recipes available online, or you can purchase pre-made gluten-free dough.

Air Fryer Beef Empanadas

Easy 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.

Tips and Tricks:

  1. Make sure your filling is not too wet. Excess moisture can make your empanadas soggy.
  2. Crimp the edges of the empanadas well to prevent the filling from spilling out during cooking.
  3. Spray or brush the empanadas with a little oil before air frying to achieve a beautiful golden color.
  4. Ensure the empanadas are in a single layer in the air fryer with space around each for proper air circulation.


  1. Spicy Beef Empanadas: Add some diced jalapeños or hot sauce to the beef filling for a spicy kick.
  2. Cheese and Beef Empanadas: Add some grated cheese to the beef mixture for a gooey, melty surprise.
  3. Vegetarian Empanadas: Swap out the beef for a mixture of beans, corn, and diced vegetables for a vegetarian version.

Easy Air Fryer Beef Empanadas

Where to Serve:

These air fryer beef empanadas are perfect for any occasion – as a flavorful appetizer at a dinner party, a satisfying main course paired with a salad, or as handheld snacks during game night or casual gatherings. They’re also great for packing in lunches for a flavorful midday meal.

How To Store Empanadas 

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. To reheat, place them back in the air fryer for a few minutes until heated through and crispy again.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  1. Filling Spilling Out: If the filling spills out, it likely means the empanadas were overfilled or not sealed properly. Use a fork to crimp the edges securely, and don’t overfill.
  2. Soggy Empanadas: If your empanadas come out soggy, they may have been overcrowded in the air fryer. Make sure they’re in a single layer with space around each empanada.
  3. Uneven Browning: For even browning, remember to turn the empanadas halfway through cooking and brush them with oil before cooking.

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)
  • cilantro
  • 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! If you like these don’t forget to try this Cheesesteak Empanadas Recipe!

Topping Options:

While these empanadas are delicious on their own, consider serving them with a side of salsa, sour cream, guacamole, or a spicy aioli for dipping. A fresh squeeze of lime also adds a lovely brightness to the rich beef filling.

Why This Recipe Works:

Air Fryer Beef Empanadas are an irresistible combination of ease, healthiness, and deliciousness. The air fryer gives you the golden, crispy crust and warm, savory filling characteristic of traditional empanadas without the need for deep-frying. The flavors of the spiced beef filling, encased in a delicate, flaky crust, offer a comfort food experience that is hard to beat. This recipe brings a gourmet touch to your home cooking, and the quick and easy preparation makes it perfect for any day of the week.

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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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