Easy Air Fryer Empanadas

yield: 15 SERVINGS

prep time: 20 MINUTES

cook time: 8 MINUTES

total time: 28 MINUTES

Soft pie crust with savory ground beef filling for a quick air fryer appetizer, or main dish.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green olives
  • 1/2 teaspoon juice from the olive jar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 package of store bought refrigerated pie crusts (2-ct)
  • coconut oil (for greasing air fryer inner-basket)



Heat the olive oil in a skillet on the stove on medium heat, and add onions and garlic. Saute those for a few minutes, then crumble and cook ground turkey.


To the skillet, add in tomato sauce, seasonings, green olives, juice from jar of olives, and chopped cilantro. Stir and heat.


Unroll pie pastry on floured counter top or cutting board. Use a 4-inch wide cup or round cookie cutter to cut circles in the dough. Roll out scrap pieces of dough for more circles.


Place a couple teaspoons of filling inside each circle. Fold over and use a fork to press down and seal edges.


Grease air fryer inner basket using coconut oil to keep the dough from sticking. Set a single layer of empanadas into the air fryer.


Cook at 330 degrees for 8 minutes, until dough is cooked and slightly browned. Carefully remove and serve warm. This made about 15 empanadas for me. 

Additional Notes

Don’t have an air fryer? Alternative Oven Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place each empanada on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for about 13-15 minutes, until browned.

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