Vegan Empanadas Recipe | Cooking With Jade

Vegan Empanadas Recipe

Vegan Empanadas Recipe


Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8



For the dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter or vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold water

For the filling:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime

For serving:

  • Vegan sour cream or salsa


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  • Add the vegan butter or vegetable shortening and cut it into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse sand.
  • Add the cold water and mix until the dough comes together.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 1-2 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
  • Roll out each ball into a circle, about 6-7 inches in diameter.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, red bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, and garlic. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the vegetables are softened.
  • Add the cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, salt, and pepper to the skillet and stir to combine.
  • Add the black beans and corn to the skillet and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the filling is heated through.
  • Remove the skillet from heat and stir in the cilantro and lime juice.
  • Spoon about 1/4 cup of filling onto one half of each dough circle, leaving a small border around the edge.
  • Fold the other half of the dough circle over the filling and press the edges together with a fork to seal.
  • Place the empanadas on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Serve with vegan sour cream or salsa, if desired.


Calories: 310 | Total Fat: 14g | Total Carbohydrates: 38g | Dietary Fiber: 4g | Protein: 7g

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