Vegetarian Empanadas Recipe

This recipe descends from my childhood as I spent many years alongside my Grandmother rolling and stuffing vegetarian empanadas. 

This recipe is 100% from my heart.

What Is A Vegetarian Empanada?

Empanadas are savory dough-filled pockets of happiness. They are great appetizers, side dishes, or a meal all by themselves.

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Please note you’ll need to cook this recipe in a heavy pot or dutch oven.

Homemade beef empanadas

Vegetarian Empanadas

Vegetarian empanadas are savory pies that give a feeling of happiness from the very first bite. Although they make a wonderful side dish, my family serves them for dinner since we feel they deserve to be the main course.
The recipe below cooks up a large batch which freezes well.
Cook Time 8 minutes


  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 small Yellow onion
  • 1/4 Green Pepper
  • 6-8 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 Potato, finely diced
  • 1 can Refried beans
  • 2 pkgs Sazon Goya, sin achoiote (without pepper)
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Adobe without pepper
  • 1/2 cup Green Spanish olives
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • 12 oz Roasted garlic & herb sauce tomatoe sauce
  • 1 cup Vegan Ground "Beef" (optional)


Bean salad pico de gallo

What Are Vegetarian Empanadas Served With?

Empanadas are a type of savory pastry that can be filled with a variety of different ingredients, such as beef, chicken, or vegetables.

They are typically served as an appetizer or main dish, and they can be accompanied by a variety of side dishes.

Some popular side dishes that pair well with empanadas include:

  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Salad
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole

In our household, empanadas always take center stage as a stand-alone dish. As a compliment, I make a Bean Salad Pico De Gallo.

However, when cooking for a crowd, I serve them as a side dish along with roasted chicken, rice, and beans.

Vegetarian Empanadas Recipe – Family History

Truth be told, my Grandma seldom invited her granddaughters to cook with her since the kitchen was not her happy place.

Second, she raised very overly opinionated and strong-willed girls who always wanted to change her recipes.

Nonetheless, empanadas were our common ground, one which she held so close to her heart she kept an extra mini apron and roller pin for those rare occasions.

My assignment was to roll the dough, cut out circles, and stuff each beef empanada. After each inspection, I could then proceed to folding and sealing each pocket with a fork.

Here’s the thing, once my Grandmother passed, I kept her roller pin instead of mine. However, it’s a bit too emotional to make dough from scratch without her by my side these days. Besides, Goya makes pre-made empanadas dough, which works for me.

Of course, I have kept her tradition alive with lots of modifications to her original recipe. And I look forward to the time of having her approval.

In Conclusion

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