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Ground Turkey Empanada Recipe

This Delicious Ground Turkey Empanada Recipe will become your fave go to snack or game day food!  They are filled with flavor and the flakiest crust ever!
Prep Time1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 288kcal


For the dough:

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces 1 stick
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

For the filling:

  • 1 tablespoon peanut, corn, or canola oil
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup homemade chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Corn or canola oil for frying


To make the dough:

  • Combine the flour and salt in your food processor and pulse a couple of times. Add butter and pulse until it resembles coarse meal.
  • Lightly beat the eggs with the water and vinegar. Add to flour crumbs and pulse until dough forms. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and gently knead for 2 minutes. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

To Make the filling:

  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until onion softens. Add ground turkey, crumble and cook until pink is gone. . Drain of grease. Stir in tomato paste then add stock or broth and paprika simmer until the liquid almost evaporated, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Assemble the empanadas:

  • Roll the dough on a generously floured work surface until it’s about 1/8 inch thick. Cut the dough into 3-inch rounds with a floured biscuit cutter or glass, stamping out as many rounds as possible. Roll out any dough scraps and cut out additional rounds if possible. Brush any excess flour from the dough rounds.
  • Working with 1 round at a time and keeping the rest covered with plastic wrap, spoon about 2 teaspoons filling on one side of the dough round. Fold the dough over to enclose the filling and crimp the edges with a fork to seal. Cover with plastic wrap while you form the remaining empanadas. [The filled, uncooked empanadas can be frozen on a baking sheet, and stored in an airtight plastic bag or container for up to a month. You’ll need to bake the unthawed empanadas, rather than fry them, in a 350°F (176°C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes.]
  • Preheat the oven to 200°F (93°C). Pour enough oil into a deep-sided pot to reach a depth of about 1/2 inch and heat until it registers about 325°F (163°C) on a deep-fry or candy thermometer.
  • Fry the empanadas in small batches, turning them once, until browned and crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the empanadas to paper towels or a brown paper bag to drain for a few moments, and then transfer to a baking sheet. Place the fried empanadas in the oven to keep warm while you fry the remaining empanadas. Serve at once.


Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 505IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1.9mg