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Air-fryer beef and potato empanadas

Air-fryer Colombian beef and potato empanadas

Total Time
1 hr 20 min
30 min
50 min


Olive oil

3 tsp

Lean beef mince, raw

300 g

Brown onion

1 medium, finely chopped


180 g, peeled, cut into 1cm pieces


1 medium, deseeded, cut into 1cm pieces


3 clove(s), crushed

Chilli powder

2 tsp

Ground cumin

2 tsp

Fresh coriander

cup(s), chopped

Reduced-fat puff pastry

380 g, (use 3 x 170g sheets), just thawed


1 medium, lightly beaten

Fresh coriander

1 cup(s), leaves


2 individual, fresh, chopped

Green shallot(s)

3 individual, chopped


1 medium, chopped

Lime juice

2½ tbs

White wine vinegar

1 tsp


  1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. To make empanada filling, heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook mince and onion, stirring, for about 3 minutes, until mince is browned and onion is softened. Reduce heat to medium and add potato and tomato. Cook, stirring, for about 10 minutes, or until potato is almost tender. Stir in garlic, chilli powder, cumin, and season with salt, and cook for a further 2 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in coriander. Set aside to cool.
  3. Cut 4 x 11cm rounds from each pastry sheet. Place two heaped tablespoons of empanada filling on each pastry round. Fold over pastry to enclose filling and pinch edges together to seal. Place empanadas on prepared tray.
  4. Line a 7.5L air fryer basket with baking paper. Preheat air fryer to 180°C.
  5. Place 4 empanadas in prepared basket. Brush tops with egg. Air fry for 8 minutes. Turn empanadas over and brush with egg. Air fry for a further 6 minutes, or until golden. Place on a baking tray and keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining empanadas.
  6. Meanwhile, to make aji picante sauce, pulse all remaining ingredients in a food processor until a chunky puree forms. Season with salt and pepper. Serve empanadas with aji picante sauce.


Alternatively, you can cook in oven at 180℃ for about 15 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown. If you prefer less heat, decrease the amount of chilli powder and jalapenos to your liking.