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Vegan Empanadas

These vegan empanadas are the perfect copycat recipe without using any animal products. The perfect dough, delicious filling, and super easy instructions to make them exquisite every single time.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan main course
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 20 empanadas
Calories 182kcal
Author LarishaBernard


For the Dough

For the Filling

To Prepare

  • olive oil or unsweetened non-dairy milk


For the Dough (Make First)

  • In a large (8+ cup) food processor*, add flour, sugar and salt. Pulse together.
  • Add COLD vegan butter, in tablespoons. Pulse until you get a sand like texture.
  • Add 1 cup of water and pulse until a dough starts to form. Pour a tablespoon more water at a time until you have a consistent dough that you can form into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and put into the fridge. Chill in fridge for 30 minutes.

For Filling

  • Add oil in pan and heat over medium heat.
  • Add onions in and saute for 3-4 minutes until translucent.
  • Add vegan meat crumbles, red bell pepper and poblano peppers. Stir together.
  • Add spices (paprika through annatto). Stir and cook 4-5 minutes.
    Add vegetable stock as needed to not dry out the vegan meat mixture and keep moist - let cook for about 5-6. 
  • Add diced green olives and stir together. Cook until heated through, about a minute, remove from heat.
  • Add the green onions. Stir together and let cool.

To Prepare Empanadas

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Once filling is cooled, either
    (1) Weigh the dough and divide into 20 equal balls of dough and then use a tortilla press to flatten them. 
    (2) Roll out dough to be approximately 1/4” and use a large (3-4”) biscuit cutter to cut out pieces of dough.  
    *For any dough you aren’t using immediately (within 2-3 minutes) place remaining dough back into the fridge to keep the butter cold in the dough. 
  • Place 2-3 tbsp of filling on one side, leaving an edge.
  • Fold one side of the dough over to the other and make the ends meet each other. Press the edges together carefully. Finish by pressing the edges down with a fork to seal or pinching pleats along the edge. Place on baking sheet, repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  • Before placing into the oven, lightly brush empanadas with oil (for a more golden brown color) or non-dairy milk for a lighter color.
  • Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes. 


*You can also do this in a bowl as well. See post for details. 


Serving: 1empanada | Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 525mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 657IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 2mg