Air Fryer Empanadas

Contributor: Lauren Keating

Air Fryer Empanadas are the perfect handheld appetizer or snack. They’re just as tasty as the deep-fried version with much less grease.

Listen to our editor, Christine Pittman, explain briefly how to make these empanadas, with some great tips along the way, by clicking the play button below:

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  • Author: Lauren Keating
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Air Fryer


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • ¼ cup green olives
  • 2 Tbsp. raisins
  • 10 empanada disks (Goya brand), thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. water


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the beef and cumin to the skillet. Cook, breaking up with a spatula, until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the olives and raisins.
  4.  Working with one empanada disk at a time, scoop 1 heaping tablespoon of the beef mixture onto the center of each disk. Fold the dough over the filling, then use the tines of a fork to press the edges of the dough together, sealing it tightly. Repeat with the remaining empanada dough.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water. Brush onto the empanadas.
  6. Spray your air fryer basket with nonstick spray. Add as many empanadas as will fit in a single layer – likely 2-6 depending on the size of your air fryer.
  7. Air fry at 325°F for 8 minutes.
  8. Repeat with the remaining empanadas.