These beef empanadas are a must try air fryer recipe! Easy to make, delicious and ready in only 8 minutes! Made with my homemade beef picadillo filling and store bought empanada dough, these easy beef empanadas are “fried” in the air fryer and are ready in minutes (only takes 8 minutes to cook)!

Air Fryer Beef Empanadas

Upgrade your dinner game with this recipe for cheesy beef empanadas
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Cuban, Mexican, Portuguese
Keyword: Air Fryer, Air Fryer Beef Empanada, Baked Empanadas, Beef Empanadas, Empanadas, How To Make Air Fryer Empanadas, How To Make Empanadas
Servings: 8
Calories: 183kcal


  • 8 8 empanada discs,  in frozen section, thawed
  • 1 cup picadillo
  • 1 Egg white,  whisked
  • 1 tsp. Water


  • Preheat the air fryer to 325F for 8 minutes. Spray the basket generously with cooking spray.
  • Place 2 tbsp of picadillo in the center of each disc. Fold in half and use a fork to seal the edges. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Whisk the egg whites with water, then brush the tops of the empanadas.
  • Bake 2 or 3 at a time in the air fryer 8 minutes, or until golden. Remove from heat and repeat with the remaining empanadas.


Serving: 1 empanada

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories183
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 5g 8%
    • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Cholesterol 16mg 6%
  • Sodium 196mg 9%
  • Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
    • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    • Sugars 2.5g
  • Protein 11g 22%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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    Written by Lisa Yarde

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