Vegan Empanadas Dough Recipe (2024)

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I'm here to share with you a quick and easy recipe for vegan empanadas dough. It's perfect for your next party! Being Argentinean and living in Italy, we really miss the great "Empanadas Argentinas."

Thiseggless dough Recipe is easy to make and ready in minutes.

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Empanadas are a great appetizer, main meal, or side dish widely consumed in Latin America. They can be filled with anything and can be eaten at any time of day. They're also great as the main dish for your next gathering!

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  • 🧾Dough Ingredients
  • 🔪 Instructions
  • 💭 An alternative method for hand pie discs
  • 💡 Top tips
  • 👨🏻‍🍳 Handling the vegan empanada dough
  • 📖 Variations
  • 🍽 Equipment
  • 🥡Storing
  • 🌶 Veggie empanadas with Chimichurri Sauce
  • ❓ Other uses for this dough
  • 🇦🇷 More Argentinean recipes
  • 🎥 Video
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  • 🌡️Food safety
  • 💬 Reviews and Comments
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Try ourempanada recipes: vegan lentil filling, ourmushroom filling, and when you feel like the classic Argentinean Meat empanadas, we use our VeganRagout to fill up these delicious hand pies.

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This is not the extra puffy and buttery kind but the drier and not oily version, which we like better.

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🧾Dough Ingredients

In all the empanadas recipes I've ever made, one thing has been missing: empanada dough without egg.

Well, not anymore - I have finally found a suitable replacement with this simple recipe.

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So, to make a dough without eggs, you will need the following ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Olive oil
  • Fine sea salt
  • Water

See quantities in the recipe card.

🔪 Instructions

Let's dive into the vegan empanada dough recipe in detail.

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Unite all the ingredients in a large bowl.

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Knead for 5 minutes so that it is well united and tender and forms a dough ball.

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Cover with a plastic wrap or damp towel and let rest to prevent the surface from drying. Let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Eight hours or overnight would be even better.

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Stretch the dough with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface with just a little wheat flour. Use more flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin.

You could stretch the dough after 30 minutes, but it can be more difficult to manage and keep the empanada discs from keeping their shape.

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Note: different flours may absorb water differently, so it is a best practice to have extra 50-100 grams available (about ½ cup), to add as needed and prevent any eventual sticking.

Stretching Homemade Dough. Cut the discs with a round pastry cutter (affiliate link) or a circular bowl, making left-to-right, round movements.

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Separate the discs. Use flour and parchment paper to separate the discs so they don't stick together.

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💭 An alternative method for hand pie discs

If you don't have a pastry cutter, simply form small dough balls of approximately 1 ¾ ounce (50 grams).

Start stretching the dough ball with your thumb until you have a 4-inch (10 cm) disc.

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💡 Top tips

  • You can use the dough immediately after kneading and refrigerating for a minimum of 30 minutes. Still, it is even easier to manage the discs after refrigerating them overnight, as they become less stretchy and keep their shape.
  • You can use a clean glass bottle without labels if you don't have a rolling pin. Just pick a wine bottle and put it to good use.
  • Ensure to roll the dough thin enough so the dough's ratio to filling stays balanced.
  • Keep it chilled in the fridge wrapped in plastic until you are about to use it; otherwise, the surface can harden as exposed to air.
  • Before making the empanada dough circle, lay some flour on the surface to manage them better. Also, when assembling the vegetarian empanada filling, use some flour to facilitate the handling of the discs.
  • You can also use a toaster oven to make only a few empanadas or even frying them (definitely a less healthy option).

👨🏻‍🍳 Handling the vegan empanada dough

When you have your filling of preference, set your working table with:

  1. A small bowl with water - to facilitate the closing of the discs.
  2. The empanadas filling.
  3. A baking tray (if baking the empanadas).
  4. Oil or parchment paper prevents the dough from sticking to the baking sheet.
  5. A brush, a small bowl with water, and a pinch of smoked paprika. This replaces the regular use of egg yolk to paint the dough and gives it a golden brown color.
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Making empanadas

Filling - make your favorite vegan empanada recipe filling.

This Vegan Empanada Filling is our winner: Lentil Empanadas; we also love the quicker Mushrooms or spinach fillings.

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If you want to make something simple, make a Caprese empanada. Simply use two or three halved cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and a chunk of vegan mozzarella cheese.

Expert tip: always add a little extra salt to your filling than you would typically use, as when combined with the dough, which is not a salty one, you may perceive the filling as bland.

Make the dough

Make the dough as directed. Mix the flour, salt, oil, and warm water in a large bowl or directly on the table and knead for five minutes. You can also use pre-bought puff pastry.

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  • Assemble the empanadas and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Fill the empanadas with a healthy scoop of filling, but not too much; otherwise, it would be difficult to close them.
  • Use your finger to apply some water to the edges, so the dough closes perfectly.

Tip: if using a watery filling such as spinach or tomatoes, squeeze and remove any excess moisture before adding it to the empanada disc. Otherwise, it can make the dough soggy.

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  • Close the discs with the filling with a fork, stretch the closed edges outwards, and then fold them inwards.
  • Brush the empanadas with the smoked paprika and red water mixture to give the empanadas a golden color, instead of using the regular egg wash.
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Make the paprika mixture.

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Then brush the empanadas with it.

With a fork, gently pierce the dough to prevent it from exploding in the oven after they rise.


  • Preheat the oven to 450ºF (230ºC). Place the empanadas on an oiled baking sheet or on top of lined parchment paper. Leave some room between them.
  • Bake until golden brown (about 15 minutes). If you notice that the borders of your vegetarian empanadas are already golden brown, the top of the patties still needs some cooking, lower to medium heat.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

Hint: you can eat empanadas straight out of the oven, but they pack a lot of steam inside. In our opinion, having the empanadas warm allows experience their flavor better.

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Folding: a practical aspect

Since it is common to eat more than one kind of empanadas as part of the same meal, the cue to differentiate them from the outside isthe folding technique(repulgue). Also, different marks work.

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I will show how to make the repulgue. The easiest way to get it right for a beginner is to use a fork to pressure the border and close them. Some people like using an empanada maker (affiliate link).

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Please let us know which is your favorite and the type of empanadas you find in your region!

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📖 Variations

You can find mainly two kinds of doughs, puff pastry and regular pastry (which we make here).

Vegan puff pastry

Vegan Puff Pastry uses vegan butter instead of the traditional one, and the dough is made from all-purpose flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and any dairy-free milk like soy milk.


Sometimes we use Whole Wheat Flour for added flavor and nutrition; the result will be a more dense, flavorful dough.

Baking powder makes dough fluffier. Add it to the dough if you want a puffier and fluffier dough.

Replacea thirdof the all-purpose flour for whole bran flour to includemore fiberin your diet and improve the nutritional value of the dough.

In the empanada dough recipes for empanadas I have been sharing with you, I use all-purpose flour.

But what is the difference between whole bran flour vs all-purpose?

All-purpose flour is made from a blend of high-gluten wheat, whereas whole bran is made from soft wheat, durum flour, and barley.

Whole Wheat flour is not as finely milled as all-purpose or pastry flour.

And that's why empanada dough using whole bran flour is different than empanada dough using all-purpose flour.

It works well; I prefer replacing only a third of the all-purpose flour, so the empanadas have some gluten and can keep the rising power of the dough.

Spelt flour also works wonderfully for this recipe! Spelt flour is more easily digestible than other flour and is very nutritious.

Gluten-Free option

You can make your empanada dough gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour blend for baking in place of wheat flour. We like using Bob Mill's.

The taste of this gluten-free version will be slightly different, but it can certainly work well if you are gluten-intolerant.

While many gluten-free recipes call for lard or shortening, this hand-pies dough replaces the fat content with olive oil to hold the dough together.

Some plant-based milk options suitable for this recipe are almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk.

Replace Olive oil

This recipe calls for olive oil, but the puffy pastry is typical in many cuisines, such as French, Levantine/North African, but they exist in every one of the world's cultures.

Every culture has dough made out of flour and water, which is used to make all kinds of pastries- savory or sweet.

Vegan Butter or margarine is an example of a vegan alternative to dairy butter. The main ingredient in butter is fat, which can be extracted from soy, almond, and other fruit such as coconuts.

Making a vegan empanada usually requires buying pre-made dough (usually, this comes in sheets) and then making small turnovers with a filling.

Using vegan butter will allow you to replicate the puff pastry used for the vegan empanada recipe so that you can recreate your own at home.

Of course, this vegan recipe is a healthier puff pastry version, but you can start experimenting with different variations.

Replace water

Instead of warm water, use warm plant-based milk.

🍽 Equipment

  • Rolling pin - I find that using a rolling pin (affiliate link) makes my life so much easier, but you can also use a clean bottle.
  • Cookie cutter - you could use a small bowl with a sharp edge, but it is nice to work with a cookie cutter (affiliate link) to make clean cuts on the dough.
  • Empanada maker - if you want to make empanadas faster or simply find the fork method technique or folding techniques messy, use this simple empanada maker (affiliate link), which resembles a dumpling or ravioli maker but is bigger.


If you want to save your dough discs for later use, store them separately with parchment paper or plastic wrap.

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To freeze the empanadas dough, separate them with parchment paper. Then place the disc in a closed container.

When ready to use, pull the frozen empanadas out 15 minutes before so they thaw well. Use flour on the surface of a baking sheet.

If you buy the discs, they come with a separator; set aside them for the next time you prepare your own, and save the planet from using parchment paper.

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🌶 Veggie empanadas with Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri is a classic Argentinean sauce season for meats and vegetables.

It's made from red wine vinegar and olive oil mixed with garlic in addition to parsley or oregano for tons of flavor!

Make Chimichurri sauce by combining all ingredients in a large bowl or jar.

Ingredients of Chimichurri Sauce

1½ fresh Italian parsley leaves

4-5 cloves of garlic

Fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped (or ½ dried) – I used 3 large thyme sprigs instead. I also use an immersion blender to blend everything.

Vegan Empanada Recipe with mushrooms filling

This decision is harder to make, and we like both lentils and mushrooms fillings very much; it is just up to what you feel like having. We vary amongst these types, depending on our mood.

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Also, in the north of Argentina, Tucuman's empanadas use pork fat to make the dough. Being plant-based, we limit our consumption of animal fats.

We have tried them before, but in my opinion, there is nothing to miss from porcine fat; also, they are obviously, less healthy than vegan recipes.

❓ Other uses for this dough

You can also double the recipe and use the remaining dough to make a Vegan Eggplant Pie or a Carrot Savory tart.

If you are looking for a pie shortcrust, we recommend using our No-roll veganpie crust, which works for sweet and savory baked goods.

🇦🇷 More Argentinean recipes

These vegan meals share various aspects with the empanadas, as they use similar ingredients and have that Argentinean seasoning we love.

Looking for a vegan empanadas recipe?

  • Vegan Empanadas Tucuman Style (our favorite vegan empanada recipe, lentils filling).
  • Vegan Mushroom Empanadas
  • Mom's Pickled Eggplants
  • Carrot Savory Tart (Pie)
  • Vegan Eggplant Pie

See how to make your own vegan pasta dough, vegan empanadas dough, Italian pagnotta easy bread loaf, basic pizza dough, and focaccia bread.

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Easy Vegan Empanadas Dough

Author: Vegan Empanadas Dough Recipe (35)Gustavo De Obaldia

Being Argentinean and living in Italy, we really miss the great "Empanadas Argentinas." These vegan empanadas dough is easy and ready in 5 minutes.

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Resting Time 8 hours hrs

Total Time 8 hours hrs 10 minutes mins

Course Basics & Preparations

Cuisine Argentinean-Inspired, Latin American

Servings 12 Discs

Calories 134 kcal


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  • 12 ounces all-purpose flour (340 grams). Use 13 ¼ oz (375 grams), if using 1 cup of water. Plus more to adjust. See notes below.
  • cup water (200 ml) warm (or measure 1 cup of water (236 ml) and add exactly 1 ¼ oz (35 grams) extra flour until it binds
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin, use vegan butter to make it a puff-pastry
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

To paint when making empanadas:


  • Unite all the ingredients to form a dough.

  • Knead for 5 minutes so that it is well united and tender.

  • Cover with a plastic film or damp towel and let rest to prevent the surface from drying. Let it rest for 5 minutes before using.

Prepare the dough:

  • Prepare two little bowls, one with a half cup of water and one with two tablespoons of water plus some paprika (to paint the empanadas for color).

  • Spread the dough with a rolling pin on a surface with just a little flour to avoid sticking.

  • Cut the disks with a 3-4 inches cutter or any plate with a circular shape. You can also shape a small ball with your hands.


  • Preheat the oven to 450ºF (230ºC).

  • Moist your fingertips in the water bowl and spread some water on the edges of the disks.

  • Fill with about one full tablespoon of the filling of your preference in the center of the disk.

  • Close the disk and put pressure on the moist edges until perfectly closed with a fork. You can also fold it, stretching outwards and then inwards.


  • Arrange the empanadas on a greased baking tray (or a lined parchment paper) and paint them with a brush and the smoked paprika and water mix. Pinch with a fork- for the empanadas to release hot air while baking and prevent them from exploding.

  • Bake for 15 minutes, watching it after the tenth minute to prevent them from burning. If the empanadas borders start to brown while the center looks still uncooked, reduce to medium heat.



Flour: I have to say that it is only natural to encounter differences amongst flour brands. It is good practice to have extra flour when making bread or dough to adjust.

You might need an extra ¼ flour cup (35 grams) to adjust if you find the dough still sticky.

Let the dough rest in the fridge before extending it with a rolling pin for at least 8 hours or, even better, overnight.

You could use it after 15 minutes, but it can be challenging to manage and keep the empanada discs from keeping their shape.

It is crucial to put water in the discs' tips before closing them. Otherwise, they will open in the oven.

You can store the empanadas in the fridge, separating them with pieces of parchment paper.

To bake frozen empanadas, you need to place them directly in a baking tray without defrosting. You might need to leave them in the oven for another 5 minutes.

Empanadas are well kept frozen for months, making a great meal prep.

The dough is well kept wholly covered in the fridge for two days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 195mgPotassium: 30mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg

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🌡️Food safety

We sometimes take for granted that we have years (or decades) of cooking experience that the average visitor may not. Add to or remove the list below with health and safety tips.

  • Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
  • Do not use the same utensils on cooked food that previously touched raw meat
  • Wash hands after touching raw meat
  • Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
  • Never leave cooking food unattended
  • Use oils with high smoking points to avoid harmful compounds
  • Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove

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What is a substitute for empanada dough? ›

What Can You Substitute for Empanada Dough? If you're looking for a shortcut, store-bought pie dough can be used to make empanadas. You may need to roll the dough out slightly thinner—it will produce a flakier result than typical empanada dough and is better for baking than frying.

Is empanada dough the same as pastry dough? ›

While pie dough is designed to be flaky, empanada dough is meant to be more tender. Pastry for empanadas has a higher flour-to-fat ratio, making it sturdy and perfect for wrapping around meaty fillings. Some recipes use lard or an additional egg as the fat source, but our recipe keeps it simple and easy with butter.

How do you keep empanadas from cracking? ›

Once all the dough has been folded and crimped, pop the almost-ready empanadas in the refrigerator. Let them cool for about 25 minutes to toughen up the dough, so it's easier to handle and less susceptible to breaking.

What dough are empanadas made of? ›

Today we're making homemade empanada dough that can be used to make pastelillos, empanadas, and so much more! It's made with just 5 ingredients (flour, butter, salt, egg, and water) and comes together in less than an hour.

What pastry is empanadas made from? ›

Cut thirty-two 11.5cm discs from 8 sheets frozen coles brand shortcrust pastry. Drop 2 tablespoons of beef mixture in the centre of each disc. Fold in half to enclose filling, pinching the edges to seal. Place empanadas, seam-side up, on the prepared trays.

Which dough is best for empanadas? ›

Empanada dough is a type of shortcrust pastry. It's buttery and flaky, similar to the pastry used for pies like pumpkin pie, apple pie etc, but it's not sweet. You will love how it's so easy to work with. It's easier to work with than store bought puff pastry!

Can you buy the dough for empanadas? ›

Discover a World of Empanadas! Here's a delicious, flaky wrapper that's perfect for capturing all your favorite flavors: GOYA® Empanada Dough. Our line of ready-to-use flour dough discs are the #1 ingredient for preparing a wide variety of empanadas, a favorite in Latin America and around the world.

Does empanada dough have baking powder? ›

For the empanada dough: Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the lard with a pastry blender or 2 knives until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and then whisk in the stock.

What is the best oil for empanadas? ›

Oil that is too cool will make your fried empanadas greasy and sad. I normally use canola oil for fried empanadas because it's flavorless and has a high smoke point. Lard tastes better, but you end up frying very close to lard's smoke point, which is tricky; when oil gets too hot it will taste acrid.

Should I fry or bake empanadas? ›

Both cooking methods produce delicious empanadas. If you want a healthier merienda, bake them in the oven. If you're working with less time, frying them is the way to go. Try both and ask your loved ones to vote on their favorite.

Are Taco Bell apple empanadas vegan? ›

According to the Taco Bell, website, these are ingredients for their apple empanada. Note that it is not vegan. Their Churro also is not vegan. Here are the ingredients for Taco Bell's taco shell.

Does empanada dough contain dairy? ›

Empanadas actually hail from Spain, but are also popular in American countries like Argentina, Chile, and Belize. They're essentially turnovers stuffed with savory ingredients. They sometimes contain dairy, but many classic recipes, like this one, do not!

What are mini empanadas made of? ›

These snack-size empanadas are filled with achiote-spiced ground beef and wrapped in a flaky dough. These bite-sized empanadas call for a bit if white wine in the dough, and a spiced ground beef filling.

Where are empanadas made of? ›

Empanada is made by folding a dough or bread patty around the stuffing. The stuffing can consist of a variety of meats, vegetables, or even fruits. Empanadas have their origins in Galicia (Spain) and Portugal. They first appeared in Medieval Iberia during the time of the Moorish invasions.


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