Cheese Empanadas

Many cultures have put their own spin on empanadas, but the star of our empanada recipe is melted cheese because we all need a simple go-to cheese-filled recipe! These are sure to become a family favorite even for picky eaters. 


  • 1 Tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 cup precooked corn flour
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella or any cheese that melts
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  • Combine 2 cups warm water, shortening and salt in a medium bowl. Mix by hand.
  • Slowly add flour and mix quickly for a smooth mixture.
  • Knead the dough mixture until evenly combined.
  • Let dough rest for 5 minutes.
  • Shape into small even-sized balls.
  • Roll each ball of dough into a 6- to 7-inch circle. 
  • Place about 1 tablespoon of cheese in the center of the dough.
  • Fold one edge of the circle over the cheese to the other edge, pinch the edges together to close the empanada.
  • Repeat this process with the remaining dough balls and cheese.
  • Place on wax paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Fill a saucepan about a third of the way with vegetable oil and heat over medium.
  • When the oil reaches 350℉, gently place each empanada in the oil and fry until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Drain on a paper towel.
  • Serve and Enjoy!


Try baking the empanadas: Preheat the oven to 400℉. Place the empanadas on a baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until they are golden brown.

Inspired by and adapted from: Food Network

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