9 Out-of-the-Box Empanada Recipes

While the traditional empanadas recipe is made with pork or ground beef, there are tons of variations on this delicious Latin American turnover.

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Sun-Dried Tomato Goat Cheese Empanadas

I created this appetizer because I entertain a lot and wanted something simple but special. People like these empanadas so much! I always make extra. —Lynn Scully, Rancho Santa Fe, California

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Cheesy Ground Beef Empanadas

School lunch just got a lot more delicious. Swap out your kid’s boring old PB&J for one of these crunchy, cheesy bites from Neighborhood Food.

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For every other day of the week, here are healthy brown-bag lunch ideas.

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Chicken Empanadas

While these cheesy chicken empanadas created by Food with Feeling only take 30 minutes from start to finish, they’re also a great make-ahead meal (just like these other freezer recipes). When you’re ready to eat ’em, pull the empanadas out of the freezer and stick them in the oven.

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Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Empanadas

Spice up your life (or rather, your dinner) with this pepper-stuffed empanadas recipe from Cooking for Keeps. Not only are they delicious dipped in salsa but they’re also super simple to make thanks to store-bought pie crust and a five-ingredient filling.

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Chocolate S’mores Empanadas

Who says you need a campfire to make s’mores? Vanessa Rodriguez Coppola of See Vanessa Craft has another idea! You only need an oven to make sweet empanadas that are oozing with marshmallow and chocolatey goodness.

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For, more s’mores, whip up one of these creative variations.

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Buffalo Chicken Empanadas with Blue Cheese Sauce

These little golden-brown pockets are fun to eat and feature the popular taste of Buffalo wings. Using rotisserie chicken and refrigerated pie crusts speeds up the preparation. —Melissa Millwood, Lyman, South Carolina
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Pizza Empanadas

The only thing better than pizza? Pizza in empanada form, which is what you’ll get with this recipe from Kitchen Gidget. Make them the traditional way with just mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce or get creative and fill them with all your favorite ‘za toppings. If you’re more of a purist, here are the best pizza recipes across the U.S.

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Sweet Potato Empanadas

This recipe turns empanadas into dessert with a homemade mashed sweet potato filling and cinnamon sugar “crust.”

If all this sweet talk is making you crave spuds, here are more sweet potato showstoppers you can whip up.

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Vegan Empanadas

No meat, no problem. These plant-based empanadas are stuffed with garlicky spinach and creamy non-dairy cheese and are best enjoyed with a side of guacamole for dipping, according to blogger Bianca Zapatka.

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For more vegan eats, whip up one of these recipes that even meat-eaters will love.

Amanda Tarlton
As both a freelance lifestyle writer and editor for a national teen magazine, Amanda spends most of her time creating #content. In those (rare) moments when she's not at her desk typing furiously, she's likely teaching a hot yoga class, reading the latest chick-lit or baking a batch of her famous scones.