Empanada dough recipe for baking or grill

Do you want some delicious baked or grilled empanadas? The first step is to master the art of making the empanada dough.

We have dedicated this post to this recipe because the empanada dough must be at its point so it suits any kind of empanada recipe. Like the Chilean empanadas or Argentine empanadas, which are excellent baked or grilled.

Although in the market there are pre-made empanada doughs (which in my opinion are not bad at all), the advantage of preparing it at home is that you will have a fresh dough and you can add different ingredients as you wish.

Also read: Choripan recipe

Empanada dough recipe

Empanada dough recipe for baking or the grill

Stefano De Andrade
Quick and easy homemade empanada dough recipe for baking or the grill. Take note and enjoy it!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Empanada dough resting time 3 hrs
Course Acompañamiento, Aperitivo
Cuisine Latin America
Calories 205 kcal


  • Food processor
  • Empanada maker mold
  • Rolling Pin


  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water or what is necessary to make the dough smooth
  • 6 oz pork fat
  • 1 tsp olive oil optional


Empanada dough preparation

  • In a bowl or food processor, mix the flour with the salt.
  • Then slowly add the pork fat, the water and the egg.
  • If you are doing it with your hands, knead the mixture constantly until you have a smooth dough (not too dry nor too sticky).
  • Roll the dough into a ball, place it in a bowl, cover it, and let it rest for about 2 to 3 hours.

Empanada mold preparation

  • Using a rolling pin, roll out the previously made ball of dough. It does not have to be too thin nor too thick.
  • Then with the empanada maker mold (you can buy them or use the upper edge of a glass), cut rounds of dough.
  • Another option is to make dough balls of the size you want for your empanadas and give them a circular shape with the rolling pin.



  • If the dough is getting sticky, add a little more flour.
  • If the dough is too dry, add water.
  • You can also let the empanada dough rest for a day or two, as long as it is well covered and in the fridge.
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Empanada dough fillings

Once you master the art of making empanada dough, you can fill them with whatever you like. Here are some options:

  • Chicken.
  • Chicken with mushrooms.
  • Cheese.
  • Cheese with ham.
  • Cheese with onion.
  • Meat with onion, pepper, ground chili, cumin, oregano, hard-boiled egg and olives (Argentine empanadas – from Mendoza).
empanada dough recipe

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