Traditional meat-filled empanadas can be a double-whammy of fat and calories due to ground beef and a trip to the deep fryer; This air fryer twist is even healthier thanks to the addition of mushrooms, which lighten the filling while keeping it nice and moist. We love the buttery flavor of Castelvetrano olives, but you can use any green olives you have on hand. These handheld snacks are great for tailgating, or serve them over greens for a hearty supper.

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30 mins
45 mins
Serves 2 (serving size: 4 empanadas)


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  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add beef and onion; cook, stirring to crumble, until starting to brown, 3 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are starting to brown, 6 minutes. Add garlic, olives, paprika, cumin, and cinnamon; cook until mushrooms are very tender and have released most of their liquid, 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, and cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Transfer filling to a bowl, and let cool 5 minutes.

  • Arrange 4 gyoza wrappers on work surface. Place about 1 1/2 tablespoons filling in center of each wrapper. Brush edges of wrappers with egg; fold wrappers over, pinching edges to seal. Repeat process with remaining wrappers and filling.

  • Place 4 empanadas in single layer in air fryer basket, and cook at 400°F until nicely browned, 7 minutes. Repeat with remaining empanadas.

Nutrition Facts

343 calories; fat 19g; saturated fat 5g; protein 17g; carbohydrates 25g; fiber 2g; sugars 3g; sodium 605mg.