Empanada Dough

Empanadas that are ready to go in the oven

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
336 Calories
11g Fat
53g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5
Amount per serving
Calories 336
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Protein 12g
Calcium 34mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Every empanada recipe starts with the dough. Here is a simple empanada dough made with flour, salt, water, egg, vinegar, and shortening.


  • 3 cups flour (plus a little more for kneading)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons shortening

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a bowl, beat the water, egg, egg white and vinegar together. Set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the 3 cups of flour and salt.

  4. Cut the shortening into the flour mix with a pastry blender or two butter knives.

  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mix and pour the liquid ingredients from the first bowl into the center. Mix the wet and dry ingredients with a fork until it becomes stiff.

  6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead it just until all the flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth.

  7. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, but never more than 24 hours.

  8. Enjoy!


  • If you want to keep the dough longer than 24 hours, you can freeze it.