Air-Fryer Empanadas

These air-fryer empanadas cook up golden-crisp in the air fryer. The simple filling of peppers and ground beef pairs beautifully with bright and herby chimichurri sauce.

air fryer empanadas
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion

  • ½ cup chopped red or yellow bell pepper

  • 8 ounces 90%-lean ground beef

  • 1 tablespoon salt-free taco seasoning mix

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • All-purpose flour for rolling

  • 3 refrigerated pie crusts (1 1/2 packages)

  • Chimichurri Sauce for serving


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add beef and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to crumble, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add taco seasoning, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.

  2. Preheat air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes. Whisk egg and water in small bowl; set aside.

  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll pie crusts into 11-inch circles. Using a biscuit cutter, cut 4 (4 1/2-inch) rounds from each pie crust.

  4. Place 2 tablespoons beef filling in the center of each round. Brush egg wash around the edge of each crust and fold the dough in half, covering the filling. Crimp or pleat the edges to seal.

  5. Coat the air-fryer basket with cooking spray. Place 6 empanadas in the basket. Brush the empanadas with egg wash and cook until golden brown, 8 to 12 minutes. Repeat with the remaining empanadas. Serve with chimichurri sauce, if desired.


4 1/2-inch biscuit cutter

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

200 Calories
12g Fat
20g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 200
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Vitamin A 262IU 5%
Vitamin C 8mg 9%
Vitamin D 4IU 1%
Folate 7mcg 2%
Vitamin K 1mcg 1%
Sodium 312mg 14%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 6mg 1%
Potassium 90mg 2%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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