Gluten Free Empanadas

Gluten Free Empanadas Recipe

June is jam-packed with possible reasons to celebrate. There’s Father’s Day, graduations, up-coming nuptials, and just because it is finally summer!

If you are looking for an easy recipe that feeds a crowd that is a little out of the ordinary, give these Gluten Free Empanadas a try. They can be served as an appetizer, part of a buffet, or as a main course. They can also be made ahead and re-heated just before serving, perfect for stress-free entertaining.

To keep the recipe simple (and grain free) I used Chebe Focaccia Mix for the dough, so much easier than making pastry crust.

If you don’t have a big crowd to feed or really want to get a jump on your entertaining workload, the empanadas can be baked ahead and frozen, just let them thaw and re-heat in the oven at 350 degrees for a few minutes until hot.

Here’s hoping this recipe with help you celebrate all June has to offer!

Gluten Free Empanadas Recipe

4.50 from 2 votes
Gluten Free Empanadas
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Gluten Free Empanadas Recipe

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 36 empanadas
Calories: 96kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • ½ pound ground sirloin
  • 1 red pepper seeded and diced
  • ½ small onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons black olives chopped
  • ½ cup canned tomatoes and chilies such as RoTel, drained
  • 2 (7.5 ounce) boxes Chebe Focaccia Mix
  • 4 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese omit for dairy free
  • 5 large eggs use divided
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup water


  • In a large skillet, brown the ground sirloin over medium-high heat. Remove from the pan and set aside. Reduce heat to medium, add the pepper, onion, garlic, raisins, chili powder, and salt to the pan and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 8 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the ground beef back to the pan along with the almonds, olives, and canned tomatoes and chilies. Cook until heated through, about 3 minutes. Let cool in the pan.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon baking mats.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the Chebe Focaccia Mix, oil, cheese (if using), 4 eggs, sugar, and water. Mix with a fork. Dump the mixture onto a clean work surface and knead until smooth, about 1 minute. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Place a piece of waxed or parchment paper on the work surface, place one portion of dough on top, cover with another piece of waxed or parchment paper, and roll into a rectangle 1/8 of an inch thick. Cut the dough into 3-inch circles using a cookie or biscuit cutter. Repeat with the remaining portion of dough. If needed, gather up the scraps and re-roll.
  • Beat the remaining egg and brush on the dough circles. Place a heaping tablespoon of the meat filling on the dough circles and fold the dough over forming a half circle. Press the edges together and brush with more beaten egg.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve hot or warm.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Empanadas Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 96 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 184mg8%
Potassium 85mg2%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Vitamin C 5.1mg6%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. August 26, 2014

    The recipe contains a lot of ingredients, but it’s delicious and worthy to be tried!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      August 28, 2014

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  5. Pamela LaBarr
    November 15, 2018

    Was wondering what is chebe focaccia mix and where can i find it ? I would love to make these for my daughter .

    1. Gluten Free & More
      November 16, 2018

      Hi Pamela,

      Chebe Focaccia Mix is a gluten-free focaccia mix. You can get it online at the links included in the post/recipe and their site also has a store locator so you can search near you and see where you might be able to go to pick some up. Hope this helps!


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