Air Fryer Empanadas Recipe

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.

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


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  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 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.

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