Empanadas are popular all around the world. These pastries came from Spain. Are empanadas vegan? It depends on the filling.  Fortunately, you can stuff them with a variety of things. It means that you can make these dumplings absolutely plant-based.

10 Vegan empanadas recipes

10 Best Vegan Empanadas Recipes

Finger foods are excellent. You can eat them while walking or serve at parties. Here I’m going to share the best vegan empanadas recipes.

Spinach Empanadas

These vegan spinach empanadas are really easy to make. What is more, cooking doesn’t take a lot of time.

Ingredients for vegan empanada dough:

  1. Corn flour – 300g
  2. Vegan butter – 100g
  3. Salt – 1 tsp.
  4. Baking powder – 1 tsp.
  5. Dairy-free milk – 150ml

Ingredients for filling:

  1. Onion – 1
  2. Garlic – 2 cloves
  3. Spinach – 300g
  4. Salt and pepper to taste

For brushing:

  1. Soy milk – 3 tbsp.
  2. Olive oil – 1 tbsp.
  3. Turmeric – 1 pinch

How to make a healthy empanada dough:

  1. Place flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Make a pile and press a hollow into the heaped flour.
  2. Add melted vegan butter into the hollow. Then pour in dairy-free milk. Knead until you get a smooth dough.
  3. Make a ball from the dough. Put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

How to make a filling:

  1. Press the spinach and chop peeled garlic and onion.
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan. Place chopped onion and garlic there. Fry over the medium-heat. Then add spinach. Season with salt and pepper to taste. When everything is ready, let it cool.

Vegan Empanadas

How to make empanadas:

  1. Take the dough out of the fridge and knead again. Then roll it out. Using a big glass cut out circles. They should be about 10 centimeters in diameter. Repeat the process with the rest of the dough.
  2. Now put two tablespoons of filling into each circle. Make a crescent and then press the edges using a fork.
  3. Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper. You can also use olive oil. Place your empanadas there.
  4. Make a mixture of olive oil, soy milk, and turmeric. Brush the dumplings with it.
  5. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Bake your empanadas for 20 minutes until golden color.

Your dumplings will be tasty hot and cold. They are great for breakfast or as a snack.

Apple Empanadas

Apple Empanadas

Dumplings stuffed with sweet apples will be excellent as a dessert.

Ingredients for the filling:

  1. Large apples – 5
  2. Vegan brown sugar – ¾ cup
  3. Lemon juice – 1 tbsp.
  4. Vanilla extract – 1 tsp.
  5. Cinnamon – 1 tsp.
  6. Cloves – 1/8 tsp.

Ingredients for the homemade empanada dough:

  1. Unbleached flour – 3 cups
  2. Vegan sugar – ½ cup
  3. Sea salt – 1 tsp.
  4. Vegan margarine – 2 sticks
  5. Mashed bananas – 2
  6. Cold water – 2 tbsp.

Instructions for the vegan empanada filling:

  1. Peel and dice the apples. Place all the filling ingredients in the pot. Cook it stirring on medium heat about 20 minutes. The filling is ready when there is no more liquid, and the apples are tender.
  2. Put this mixture in the bowl. Let it cool.

Instructions for the dough:

  1. Place unbleached flour, vegan sugar, and salt in a food processor. Mix it well. Then add all the other ingredients. Mix it until you get a clumpy dough.
  2. Knead your dough for a few minutes. Then cut it into 16 small pieces. Now make a ball from each piece.
  3. Take a ball and roll it out to get a disk. It should be about 12 centimeters in diameter. Do the same with all the balls.

How to make vegan apple empanadas:

  1. Use a parchment paper to line your baking tray. Place the disks onto it and let it cool in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Prepare two large baking sheets lined with the parchment paper.
  3. When the dough is cooled, take it out of the fridge. Put 2 tbsp. of apple filling into the center of a disk. Press the edges together, using your fingers or a fork. Repeat the process with each disc.
  4. Now place your dumplings on baking sheets. Bake them for 20-25 minutes. The empanadas are ready when they turn golden on top.

To make the dumplings sweeter, you can use Honeycrisp apples. You can serve these vegan dessert empanadas hot or cold.

Pumpkin Empanadas

Pumpkin Empanadas

Are you looking for something special to the Christmas or Thanksgiving table? This sweet pastry will be the right choice.

For the filling you need:

  1. Cooked pumpkin – 1 ¾ cups
  2. Vegan sugar – ¾ cup
  3. Ground allspice – 1 tsp.

For the dough:

  1. AP flour – 4 cups
  2. Vegan sugar – ½ cup
  3. Baking powder – 4 tsp.
  4. Sea salt – 1 tsp.
  5. Vegan margarine 1 1/3 cup
  6. Soy milk – 1 cup

Ingredients for the brushing:

  1. Soy milk – 2 tbsp.
  2. Melted vegan margarine – 2 tbsp.
  3. Vegan sugar – ¼ cup
  4. Cinnamon powder – 1 tsp.

How to make the filling:

  1. Place all the ingredients in your food processor. Mix it well. You can choose any consistency you want.
  2. Transfer the mixture to the bowl and set aside.

How to make the dough:

  1. Using the food processor mix flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Then add vegan margarine and pulse again. Pour in soy milk and mix until you get a smooth dough.
  2. Make a ball from the dough and place it in the fridge to cool.

Instructions for baking vegan pumpkin empanadas:

  1. Roll out the dough and cut out circles. They should be about 10 centimeters in diameter and 30 millimeters thick.
  2. Take 1 tbsp of filling and place it in the center of the circle. Fold in half and press the edges together with fingers. Do the same with each circle. Place the empanadas on a baking tray.
  3. Brush the dumplings with the melted vegan margarine. Make the mixture of the sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle the empanadas with it.
  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Bake until the dumplings are golden. Usually, it takes about 10 minutes.

As a result, you get about 40 sweet vegan empanadas.

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Mushroom Empanadas

Mushroom Empanadas

Dumplings with mushroom filling are amazing. You rarely can found them even in the restaurants, but you cook them at home.

Ingredients for the filling:

  1. Oyster mushrooms – 350g
  2. White onion – ½
  3. Garlic – 1 clove

Ingredients for the dough:

  1. All-purpose flour – ¾ cup
  2. Quinoa flour – ½ cup
  3. Masa Harina – ¼ cup
  4. Baking powder – 2 tsp.
  5. Sea salt – ½ tsp.
  6. Cold water – ½ cup
  7. Olive oil – 2 tbsp.
  8. Aquafaba – 1/3 cup

Ingredients for the sauce:

  1. Mole paste (use your favorite one)
  2. Vegetable Stock – 2 cups

Instructions for the sauce:

  1. Prepare a pot and heat a cup of vegetable stock. Then add one jar of mole paste. When the mixture begins to simmer, stir it carefully. After in add one more cup of vegetable stock.
  2. Set aside to cool.

Instructions for the filling:

  1. Slice the oyster mushrooms and place them in a preheated pan. Don’t forget to add one tablespoon of olive oil. You have to sauté for about 10 minutes.
  2. Slice the half of the onion and add to the oyster mushrooms. Cook it for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the sauce and mix everything well. Let it cool.

Instructions for the dough:

  1. Combine AP and quinoa flour, Masa Harina, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Then make a hollow in the center and add water and sea salt.
  2. Now knead the dough for a few minutes.

How to cook vegan mushroom empanadas:

  1. Divide the dough into 12 stripes. Then begin to make balls and roll out each of them. As a result, you get 12 disks.
  2. Line your baking tray with a parchment paper. Transfer the disks there. Place 1 tbsp of mushroom filling into each circle. Fold in half and press the edges. Do the same with each circle.
  3. Use aquafaba for brushing your empanadas.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake the dumplings for 20 minutes.

Beef Empanadas

Vegan beef empanadas

Do you think it’s impossible to make vegan beef empanadas? It’s absolutely real because there are a lot of meat substitutes. What is more, these dumplings are as delicious as traditional ones. In case you are looking for vegan, gluten-free empanadas, they are also for you.

What you need for the filling:

  1. Bell pepper – 1
  2. Onion of medium size – 1
  3. Garlic – 2 cloves
  4. Cumin – 1 tsp.
  5. Red pepper flakes – 1 tsp.
  6. Beyond Meat vegan ground beef – 1 bag
  7. Pinch of salt and pepper

Ingredients for the dough:

  1. Arepa flour – 2 cups
  2. Pinch of salt and cumin
  3. Water 2,5 cups

How to make the vegan filling for empanadas:

  1. Carefully chop garlic cloves, onion, and pepper. Place them in a pan. Add cumin, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
  2. Sauté the mixture with olive oil. When it’s ready, combine it with ground beef. Continue cooking for a few minutes. Let it cool.

How to make the dough:

  1. Combine apera flour, salt, cumin, and water in a bowl. Mix it well.
  2. Knead the dough for 2 minutes and set aside.

Instructions for frying:

  1. Roll out the dough. Using a glass begin to make circles.
  2. Place the filling in the center of each circle. Press the edges of each disk to enclose empanadas.
  3. Heat olive oil in a pan. Place the empanadas there. Fry until golden color, then let them cool.

If you want to make your dumplings tastier, you can also make a sauce.

Ingredients:

  1. Avocado – 1
  2. Green bell pepper – 1
  3. Onion – 1
  4. 3 sprigs of parsley
  5. Splash of red wine vinegar and olive oil
  6. Lemon juice – 1 tbsp.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste.

How to cook a sauce for beef empanadas:

  1. Chop your avocado, pepper, onion, and parsley.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until you get a smooth mixture. Your sauce is ready.

Black Bean Empanadas

Black Bean Empanadas

These easy vegan empanadas are awesome. You’ll definitely fall in love with them.

Filling ingredients:

  1. A can of black beans
  2. Red bell pepper – 1
  3. Onion – 1
  4. Cilantro – ¼ cup
  5. Lime juice – 1 tsp.
  6. Spanish spice blend

Ingredients for the dough:

  1. AP flour – 1 cup
  2. Quinoa flour – 1 cup
  3. Cornmeal – ¼ cup
  4. Vegan sugar – 2 tbsp.
  5. Salt – 1 tsp.
  6. Baking powder – ½ tsp.
  7. Plant-based butter – 5 tbsp.
  8. Water – ½ cup
  9. Apple vinegar – 2 tsp.

Instructions for the filling:

  1. Dice red bell pepper and onion.
  2. Place black beans, pepper, onion, and Spanish spice blend in a pan. Sauté the mixture.
  3. When it’s ready, add lime juice and cilantro.
  4. Set aside to cool it.

Instructions for the dough:

  1. In a bowl combine AP and quinoa flour, cornmeal, sugar, and salt. Then add your vegan butter and mix all the ingredients. To be not too dry, it may need some water. Mix it until the dough is shaggy.
  2. Knead it for a few minutes, then place in a fridge for an hour.

How to make vegan black bean empanadas:

  1. Take the dough out of the fridge. Roll it out and make 12 circles.
  2. Place two tablespoons of filling into the center of each disk. Fold in half and seal with a fork.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray the baking tray and transfer your empanadas there.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes. Then cool them and enjoy.

Colombian Empanadas

Colombian Empanadas

Traditional Colombian dumplings are not vegan. Anyway, don’t make any worries about this fact. Here is the plant-based version of them.

What you need for the filling:

  1. Potatoes – 2 cups
  2. Vegetable bouillon cube – 1
  3. White and green onions – ¼ cup
  4. Cooked rice – 1 cup
  5. Tomato – 1
  6. Garlic – 1 clove
  7. Cilantro – 2 tbsp.
  8. Salt and cumin – ½ tsp.
  9. Black pepper – ¼ tsp.
  10. Safflower oil

What you need for the dough:

  1. Arepa flour – 1 ½ cup
  2. Sazon Goya – ½ tbsp.
  3. Salt – ½ tsp.
  4. Water – 2 cups
  5. Olive oil – 1 tbsp.

What you need for the sauce:

  1. Green peppers – 2
  2. Vinegar – ¼ cup
  3. White and green onions – 1/3 cup
  4. Cilantro – ½ cup
  5. Lime juice – ½ tsp.
  6. Salt

How to make the filling:

  1. First of all, peel and dice your potato. Fill the pot with water and place it there. Cook the potato until tender. Drain all the water and mash it. Set aside to cool.
  2. Chop white and green onions, tomato, cilantro, and garlic clove. Heat the safflower oil in a pan. Place chopped white onion there. Cook it for 5 minutes, don’t forget to stir. Then add all the other ingredients and sauté them for 15 minutes.
  3. Let it cool.

How to make the dough:

  1. Combine arepa flour, sazon, and salt in a bowl. Mix it well. Then add water and olive oil. Mix everything again. You have to knead the dough for 2 minutes.
  2. Place it in the fridge for 20 minutes to chill.

How to make the sauce:

  1. Chop the green peppers. Marinate them with salt and vinegar. Usually, it takes about 25 minutes.
  2. Using a blender mix all the ingredients.

How to cook vegan Colombian empanadas:

  1. Roll out the dough and make circles with a glass. Don’t forget that they shouldn’t be too thin.
  2. Place one teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle. Fold the dough over and press the edges with your fingers.
  3. Prepare a large pot or a deep fryer. Half fill it with oil and heat to 360 degrees.
  4. Transfer 3 or 4 empanadas to the pot. Fry on both sides for about 2 minutes. When they are ready, place them on a plate. Do the same with all empanadas.
  5. Serve with sauce.

Cuban Empanadas

Cuban Empanadas

What makes Cuban empanadas unique? It’s a famous picadillo. The traditional version contains ground beef. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to cook it without meat. Here is the recipe of vegan Cuban empanadas with plant-based picadillo.

Ingredients for the dough:

  1. AP flour – 6 cups
  2. Sea salt – ½ tsp.
  3. Vegetable oil – ¾ cup
  4. Water – ½ cup

Ingredients for the vegan picadillo:

  1. Safflower oil – 1 tbsp.
  2. Half an onion
  3. Red, green, yellow bell pepper – ¼
  4. Half a bunch of cilantro
  5. Garlic – 3 gloves
  6. Tomato paste – 3tbsp.
  7. Vegan bullion with beef flavor – 1 cube
  8. Badia sazon tropical – ½ tbsp.
  9. Cumin and salt-free seasoning – 1 tsp.
  10. Oregano – ½ tsp.
  11. Cold water – ¼ cup
  12. Vegan beef crumbles – 300g
  13. Pitted green olives – 7

Instructions for the dough:

  1. Place AP flour and salt in a bowl and mix it.
  2. Add oil and water. Mix again.
  3. Knead the dough for 2 minutes.
  4. Transfer it to the fridge to cool for 15 minutes.

Instructions for picadillo:

  1. Carefully dice the onion and bell peppers. Chop cilantro stems. Mince garlic cloves and cut olives in half.
  2. Heat safflower oil in a pan. Place there the onion, bell peppers and cilantro. Sauté the mixture for about 5 minutes. Then add the garlic and continue cooking for 2 minutes.
  3. Place a bouillon cube and tomato paste in a pan. Mix them with other ingredients. Then combine it with all the spices. Sauté the mixture again for 1 minute.
  4. Add water and wait before it is at a simmer. Cook it for 5 minutes.
  5. Now place vegan beef crumbles there. Mix everything and continue sautéing for 6 minutes. Add in olives and mix again.
  6. Let it cool.

Instructions for Cuban empanadas:

  1. Roll out the dough. Divide it in equal stripes and make balls. Then roll out each ball to get circles. They should be about 10-12cm in diameter.
  2. Place one tablespoon of picadillo into the center of each circle. Fold the dough over to enclose the filling. Press the edges with fingers.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line the baking tray with the parchment paper. Transfer empanadas there.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.

Sweet Potato Empanadas

Sweet Potato Empanadas

This empanadas vegan recipe is amazing. If you like sweet potato, you have to try it.

Dough ingredients:

  1. Sweet potatoes – 2
  2. AP flour – 2 ½ cups
  3. Salt – 1 tsp.
  4. Cornmeal ½ cup
  5. Coconut oil – 2 tbsp.

Filling ingredients:

  1. Leek – 1
  2. Garlic – 3 cloves
  3. Onion – 1
  4. Crumbled tempeh – 200g
  5. Tomato puree – 4 tbsp.
  6. Dried oregano – 1 tsp.
  7. Soy sauce – 1 tbsp.
  8. Cold water – 2 tbsp.
  9. Olive oil – 2 tbsp.
  10. Salt and pepper

How to make the dough:

  1. Roast sweet potatoes at 400 degrees. Then take it out of the oven. Split the skin to cool it.
  2. Mash potato and coconut oil until you get a smooth mixture.
  3. Place AP flour, cornmeal and salt in a bowl. Mix it well.
  4. Combine sweet potato with flour. As a result, you have to get a smooth dough.
  5. Transfer the dough to the fridge. Let it cool for one hour.

How to make the filling:

  1. First of all, chop the leek, garlic cloves, and a small onion.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and place onion there. Sauté until it turns brown.
  3. Add leek and cook for two minutes.
  4. Now place the tempeh, garlic, and cumin in the pan. Also add in soy sauce, tomato puree, and water. Mix everything well. Let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Let the mixture cool.

How to make vegan sweet potato empanadas:

  1. Roll out the dough. It should be not less than 5mm thick.
  2. Using a large glass begin to make circles as many as you can.
  3. Place one teaspoon of filling into a disk. Press the edges with fingers. Do the same with all the circles.
  4. Transfer the empanadas to the baking tray. Use soy milk for brushing.
  5. Bake them for 25 minutes or until brown.

Corn Empanadas

Corn Empanadas

These vegan corn empanadas are oil-free. What is more, they are super tasty.

For the dough you need:

  1. AP flour – 3 cups
  2. Canned coconut milk – ¾ cup
  3. White beans – 2/3 cup
  4. Water – 3 tbsp.
  5. Sea salt – 1 tsp.
  6. Soy milk – ¼ cup

For the filling you need:

  1. Fresh corn – 1 ¼ cup
  2. Onion – 1
  3. Roasted red peppers – ¼ cup
  4. Canned coconut milk – 1 cup
  5. Sea salt – 1 tsp.
  6. A pinch of black pepper

Instructions for the dough:

  1. Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Place white beans and coconut milk in the food processor. Pulse until you get liquid.
  3. Pour you liquid into the bowl with flour.
  4. Knead until you get a dough. If it’s too dry, add some water. Then knead again, until the dough is soft.
  5. Transfer it to the fridge.

Instructions for the filling:

  1. Firstly, remove the corn from the cob, dice the onion and peppers.
  2. Pour a little bit water into your pot and warm it. Then put onion there and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add corn, salt, and roasted red peppers. Season with black pepper. Pour in the coconut milk. Stir it well.
  4. Let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes. When it’s ready, let it cool.

How to make corn empanadas:

  1. Roll out the dough; it shouldn’t be too thin.
  2. Make circles with a cookie cutter or a glass.
  3. Place 2 tbsp. of filling into the center of the disk. Fold the dough over to enclose it. Press the edges. Repeat the process with all the circles.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush the empanadas with soy milk. Bake them for 25 minutes.

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Summary

Can empanadas be vegan? Of course, yes. You can use any filling you want. It’s also possible to make them gluten-free by replacing the flour.

I hope that you’ll find a favorite one among these healthy vegan empanadas recipes.

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