Mini Empanadas

Christina and Stella were assigned to this recipe, Mini Empanadas. However, everyone lends their helping hands when it comes to forming the Mini Empanadas. This recipe is adapted from Southern Living.  It yields 36 tiny empanadas.


These little Latin-inspired Mini Empanadas are irresistible right out of the oven.  They’re are incredibly low in fat because they’re baked, not deep fried and yet they are crispy.  The raisins add a touch of sweetness to these empanadas.


  • 8 oz skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 small onion, minced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, minced
  • 1/2 tomato, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 4 pimento-stuffed green olives, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • water
  • vegetable cooking spray, or oil
  • 1 tablespoon dry breadcrumbs (optional)
  • 36 (3-inch) square wonton wrappers
  • salt to taste



Preheat oven to 400F.

miniempanadas-3-300x200Heat the oil in a large skillet, and saute the chicken until no longer pink.
miniempanadas-4-300x200Add the rest of the ingredients except the wonton wrappers and breadcrumbs.  Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the chicken is done, stirring often.
miniempanadas-6-300x200Process the chicken mixture in a food processor until coarsely chopped.  The mixture should be fairly dry. If the mixture is wet, add a tablespoon of breadcrumbs.

Cover and chill for 30 minutes.

miniempanadas-9-300x200Arrange wonton wrappers on a clean, flat surface.  Lightly brush two edges of the wrapper with water.

Place 1 heaping teaspoon of chicken mixture in the center of the wonton wrapper.  Do not put too much filings.

miniempanadas-12-300x200Fold the wonton wrapper over the filing.

Press the edges to seal.

miniempanadas-10-200x300Place the empanadas on a baking sheet.  Lightly coat the empanadas with cooking spray or brush with vegetable oil.
miniempanadas-13-300x200Repeat with the remaining wrappers and chicken mixtures.Bake the Mini Empanadas for 12 minutes or until golden brown, turning after 6 minutes.  Sprinkle with salt to taste if preferred.

Chrisina, Stella and all who helped to make these empanadss, thank you.

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  1. Nancy

    I’m actually pretty surprised that no one has commented on this yet. While your recipe seems very delicious, it is very non traditional and should not be classified as an empanada. The Wonton wrappers are pasta which places your recipe more in the category of a ravioli, dumpling, or potsticker. An Empanada is a essentially…pie. It’s filled with either meat, fruit, or beans and whether baked or fried it is always made with a pie type dough. If you were to make this with a bread dough(yeast) you’d have yourself a calzone. I just thought it was important for anyone following this recipe to know the difference. and if using you’re the picture as reference, you should also know that this looks nothing like an empanada either.

  2. Aunt PittyPat

    Flibbertygibbet! The poster can call it anything he/she wants. It’s a lovely recipe, I tried it with ground beef, olives and raisins as well and they were grand. I understand the difference between an Empanada from a Wonton or Ravioli (I was born in Ecuador, raised on Empanadas), but really, being such a fussbudget about the name is pretentious.

    You can call them Empawontons if that makes you happy.

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