Empanada Dough

empanada dough
Photo: Antonis Achilleos
2 dozen

Use this Empanada Dough recipe to make our Spicy Chicken Empanadas.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface

  • ¾ cup fine cornmeal, or masa harina

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening

  • 2 large egg yolks


  1. In a food processor, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, and salt. Add shortening; process 5 seconds. Add yolks and 3/4 cup water; process until dough is very soft, about 5 minutes. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface; knead until smooth. Cover; let rest 30 minutes before using.

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