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Breakfast Empanadas

By Tessa Arias
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June 3rd, 2022
5 from 21 votes
5 from 21 votes

These Breakfast Empanadas are made with a buttery, flaky dough and have a filling of chorizo, potato, eggs, spices, peppers, and cheese! They make a great on-the-go breakfast recipe and can be made ahead of time.

Yield: 20 empanadas

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Similar to a breakfast burrito but slightly spicy and ridiculously buttery (thanks to the crust).
Texture: The empanada dough is to die for. It’s buttery with the perfect amount of crunch and interior softness. The chorizo adds bits of meatiness, the potato adds starchy softness, while the eggs add fluffiness.
Ease: The dough has to be chilled ahead of time and the filling takes about 30 minutes to make. Then you have to assemble and bake. So not the easiest of recipes. But SO worth it. And I’ve reheated these in the oven (400° for about 8-10 minutes) after being refrigerated overnight with great results.
Appearance: These babies look like little pockets of goodness.
Pros: Ahhhhhmazing.
Cons: You might not want to eat anything else for breakfast other than these Breakfast Empanadas.
Would I make this again? Yes.

Waking up in the morning has never been more exciting than when I have easy Breakfast Empanadas to look forward to.

These baked breakfast empanadas are filled with a chorizo, potato, and scrambled egg mixture and enclosed in the best pastry ever (it’s an insanely easy pastry, promise). Sprinkle a little cheese on top of the filling for the most flavorful filling ever.

They taste sort of like a breakfast burrito taken up a few notches. Maybe even a breakfast burrito combined with a savory toaster strudel… they’re awesome.

Feel free to get creative with this recipe if you’d like. You could try adding in some breakfast sausage, crumbled bacon, or diced ham instead of the chorizo. The best part about this empanada filling is it’s super customizable!

Make sure to check out the pink tip box just below for tons of baking tips for perfect breakfast empanadas.

How to Make Breakfast Empanadas

What are Breakfast Empanadas?

They’re just like regular empanadas, but filled with delicious breakfast ingredients like scrambled eggs and chorizo! It’s like a breakfast burrito but instead of tortillas, the filling is enclosed in buttery flaky 5-minute pastry!

Breakfast Empanadas Filling Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • Chorizo
  • Seasonings: salt, ground black pepper, cayenne, paprika, and onion powder
  • Cooked potato (could also use leftover roasted potato or mashed potato)
  • Yellow onion
  • Red bell pepper and green bell pepper
  • Garlic cloves
  • Eggs
  • Shredded Mexican cheese (or cheddar cheese would work great too!)

Instructions for how to make empanadas:

  1. Make the dough. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the water and butter, heating until butter has melted. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Pour a little of the warm butter mixture in and mix with your fingertips to make a wet paste. Pour in remaining liquid, and work the dough with your hands until you get a wet, oily dough. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Make the filling. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chorizo and cook until done. Remove chorizo from the pan. Measure out seasoning blend. Add potatoes, onion, and bell peppers and stir. Cook until potatoes and peppers are soft and onions are translucent. Lastly, add garlic and half of the seasoning blend. Remove vegetable mixture to bowl with chorizo. In the same skillet, scramble eggs along with shredded cheese and remaining half of the seasoning mixture
  3. Assemble the empanadas. Tear off golf-ball sized pieces of the chilled dough and roll into balls. On a lightly floured work surface, use a rolling pin to roll out the balls into circles. Place 2 heaping tablespoons of filling in the center of each dough circle. Brush a small amount of egg wash lightly over one half edge’s border. Fold dough over to create a half-moon shape and press edges firmly to seal. Crimp edges with the back of a fork.
  4. Bake. Use a pastry brush to gently brush the empanadas with an egg wash and bake until golden brown.

How long to bake empanadas?

I baked mine for 20 minutes, until golden brown. If you make empanadas that are smaller or bigger than the size created in the recipe, make sure to adjust the baking time accordingly.

What to serve with baked Breakfast Empanadas:

  • Green or red salsa
  • Pico de gallo
  • Freshly sliced avocado
  • Fresh orange juice

How to store empanadas:

Refrigerate leftovers either plastic wrapped or stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in a 400°F oven until the crust has re-crisped and the filling is warmed through, about 5 to 7 minutes.

How to make Breakfast Empanadas ahead of time:

These truly make the best handheld grab-and-go breakfast! The empanada dough can be wrapped in plastic and stored in the fridge for one day before using. The filling can also be cooked and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a day. The assembled unbaked empanadas can also be covered in plastic and stored in the fridge for up to 2 days, no need to change the baking time.

How to freeze Breakfast Empanadas:

Freeze the sheet of unbaked empanadas until solid, then transfer into a freezer bag. Frozen empanadas will keep for up to three months and can be baked straight from the freezer. Add a few extra minutes to the cooking time.

Fully baked empanadas can also be frozen, though they lose a bit of their flaky texture. To prevent freezer burn, wrap them individually in plastic wrap before placing in a freezer bag or airtight container. To reheat, unwrap as many empanadas as you want and warm in a 300°F oven or toaster oven, about 10 minutes.

More empanada recipes:

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How to make
Breakfast Empanadas

Yield: 20 empanadas
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Inactive time 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
These Breakfast Empanadas are made with a buttery, flaky dough and have a filling of chorizo, potato, eggs, spices, peppers, and cheese! They make a great on-the-go breakfast recipe and can be made ahead of time.

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 sticks (170 grams) unsalted butter
  • 2 3/4 cups (349 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Pinch of paprika

For the filling:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound chorizo, casings removed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 small potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 5 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese

For the egg wash:

  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons water

Directions

For the dough:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the water and butter, heating until butter has fully melted. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and paprika and make a well in the center. Pour a little of the warm butter mixture in and mix with your fingertips to make a wet paste. Pour in remaining liquid, and work the dough with your hands until you get a wet, oily dough. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

For the filling:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chorizo and cook, stirring to break up any large pieces, until done, about 10 minutes. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon into a large bowl and set aside.
  2. While chorizo is cooking, measure out seasoning blend in a small bowl and set aside. You will use half of the blend for the veggie mixture and reserve the other half to add to the scrambled egg mixture.
  3. Once chorizo has been removed from pan, continuing at medium heat, add potatoes, onion, and bell peppers. Cook, stirring often, until potatoes and peppers are soft and onions are translucent, about 15 minutes. Lastly, add garlic and half of the seasoning blend. Remove vegetable mixture to bowl with chorizo.
  4. In the same skillet over medium-low heat, scramble eggs along with shredded cheese and remaining half of the seasoning mixture. Leave the scrambled eggs a little more wet than you normally would as they will cook a bit in the oven. Remove from heat.

To assemble:

  1. Tear off golf-ball sized pieces of the chilled dough and roll into balls. On a lightly floured work surface, use a rolling pin to roll out the balls into 1/4-inch thick, 5-inch diameter circles. Once your dough has been rolled out, place 2 heaping tablespoons of filling in the center of each dough circle, beginning with 1 tablespoon of scrambled eggs on the bottom, and topping with 1 tablespoon of chorizo/veggie mixture. Fold dough over to create a half-moon shape and press edges firmly to seal. Crimp edges with the back of a fork.
  2. Place empanadas onto the prepared baking sheet. Lightly beat together the egg and water. Brush the empanadas gently with the egg wash.
  3. Bake empanadas until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Serve warm.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers either plastic wrapped or stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. You can also freeze cooked empanadas plastic wrapped in a resealable freezer bag or airtight container for up to 3 months. To reheat, unwrap as many empanadas as you want and warm through in a 300°F oven or toaster oven for about 10 minutes.

Recipe Video

Course : Breakfast
Cuisine : Mexican
Keyword : breakfast empanadas, empanadas

This post was originally published in 2012 and updated in 2022 with new photos and recipe improvements. Photos by Joanie Simon.

Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Bethany — June 28, 2022 at 8:37 am

    Seriously incredible recipe!!!! I did add black beans (1 full can that I drained and rinsed) to the mixture. Perfect breakfast!!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 28, 2022 at 11:35 am

      Sounds delicious, Bethany! So happy you enjoyed your empanadas!

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    Karen — June 27, 2022 at 10:22 am

    I made these and the beef empanadas on the same day. These were a crowd favorite (which I was concerned about because my hand slipped a little with the cayenne pepper). Will make these again

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 27, 2022 at 10:28 am

      So thrilled that you and your guests enjoyed these breakfast empanadas so much, Karen!!

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    Rebecca Lyman — June 26, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    These were so good! I made a double batch and froze half for a future meal.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 27, 2022 at 7:51 am

      So happy to hear that you loved these empanadas, Rebecca!!

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    Jennifer — June 26, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    These empanadas are delicious! The dough is nice and flaky and the filling is good enough to eat on its own. I did find that this recipe made about two times the filling amount needed, so just something to keep in mind if you make them.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 27, 2022 at 7:44 am

      Hi Jennifer! So happy you enjoyed these empanadas! And good note regarding the filling! 🙂

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    Becky Rudella — June 26, 2022 at 12:47 pm

    This one might be our fave! Just like Tessa’s other empanada recipes, it is very customizable. I didn’t want to use chorizo, but I did have some leftover spicy grilled chicken that I cut up for these. I didn’t have a 5-inch cookie cutter, so I used the plastic lid from a mascarpone cheese container, which is 4 1/2 inches in diameter. It worked great! I brought the frozen empanadas to my parents’ house to bake for Fathers’ Day brunch, baked for 23 – 24 minutes from frozen, and everyone loved them. Guess what else we had — Mixed Berry Empanadas! Another winner!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 27, 2022 at 7:43 am

      Great tips, Becky! So happy you enjoyed these empanadas, and as you say, they are so easily customized to your preferences! Also happy you enjoyed the mixed berry empanadas! 🙂

  6. #
    Fithria — June 26, 2022 at 2:57 am

    Excellent for breakfast

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 27, 2022 at 7:40 am

      Yay! So excited you enjoyed these empanadas, Fithria!

  7. #
    Jamey Cerka-Wilks — June 25, 2022 at 6:12 am

    These were delicious and the recipe was incredibly easy to follow!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 27, 2022 at 7:30 am

      Yay! So happy to hear that, Jamey!!

  8. #
    Melissa Cook — June 23, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    This is a new favorite in this house! I did make these more kid friendly by using a traditional breakfast sausage. I will be keeping a steady supply in the freezer!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 24, 2022 at 6:48 am

      Hi Melissa! Sounds like a great substitute for kids! So glad everyone loved these!!

  9. #
    Crissey Cameron — June 19, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    Delicious and easy, this recipe was perfect for my first time making empanadas!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 20, 2022 at 11:49 am

      Hi Crissey! So happy to hear you enjoyed these empanadas!!

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    Josh Lawrence — June 18, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    Wow! Really love the mix of ingredients / flavors! Then, get it all wrapped in the wonderfully buttery, flaky dough – *chef’s kiss* lol

    Definitely a fan, and I love that they can be prepped ahead of time.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 20, 2022 at 9:49 am

      Yay! So happy you loved these empanadas, Josh!!

  11. #
    PJ Bibby — June 18, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    I love the texture of the dough and how it adds to the overall experience of the empanadas – it doesn’t outshine the filling.
    I’m vegetarian, so substituted the chorizo for firm tofu and they turned out beautifully.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 20, 2022 at 9:42 am

      Hi PJ! So happy to hear you enjoyed these empanadas – and what a great idea to make them vegetarian with those great tweaks!

  12. #
    Karen V — June 17, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    These were the family favorite!! I almost didn’t get a picture of them for the challenge because they were going so fast!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 20, 2022 at 9:36 am

      We love to hear that, Karen!! 🙂

  13. #
    Kaija — June 17, 2022 at 7:44 am

    I enjoyed the process of making these! They were easier than I expected and I loved how the dough turned out!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 17, 2022 at 8:05 am

      Yay!! So happy you enjoyed making these empanadas, Kaija!!

  14. #
    Kelsey — June 15, 2022 at 11:10 am

    Loved these. I will be making them regularly

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 15, 2022 at 12:14 pm

      So happy to hear that, Kelsey!!

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    Christopher Daniels — June 14, 2022 at 2:48 am

    Can you assemble the empanadas the night before and just bake in the morning? Or is it best to assemble them right before baking? Thanks!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 14, 2022 at 7:02 am

      Hi Christopher! The assembled unbaked empanadas can be refrigerated for up to 2 days ahead of baking! Just make sure to cover them well with plastic wrap, so they don’t dry out or soak in any unwanted flavors from the fridge! Happy baking 🙂

  16. #
    Kiersten — June 13, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    Dough and filling super easy to make and delicious. The empanadas themselves take more time (and patience) to put together.
    Totally worth it and so delicious.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 14, 2022 at 6:59 am

      Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed these empanadas, Kiersten!

  17. #
    Anne Chelekis — June 12, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Loved this recipe! I had tried a freezer breakfast sandwich recipe before, but it was quite bland. The spice blend for the eggs was great- just enough to wake up your mouth! Thanks Tessa!

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    Anne Chelekis — June 12, 2022 at 7:47 am

    Wonderful recipe! I need to say that I have never had success with using butter in a pie crust, so I was a little nervous about it, but found that this dough is surprisingly forgiving! I messed up the amount of flour, sifting only 2 1/4 cups, but after adding all the liquid, checked out the recipe, realized my mistake and added in the remaining 1/4 cup of flour. The crust turned out perfectly flaky, delicious, and the edges stayed crimped! I found that I needed to chill the filled pies before baking, and that resulted in a beautifully toasty brown crust. I had tried a different freezer breakfast sandwich recipe, which was okay – but this runs rings around that one- especially the blend of spices in the eggs!! I am sooo happy I found your website! Look forward to learning lots more about baking!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 13, 2022 at 9:05 am

      Woohoo – sounds like a super successful breakfast empanada, Anne!! So happy you loved these 🙂

  19. #
    Cherish — June 9, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    A little kick but hit at our breakfast gathering.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 10, 2022 at 7:52 am

      So happy these empanadas were a hit, Cherish!! 🙂

  20. #
    Cheryl Newton — June 5, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Hello, Tessa! Breakfast is my favorite meal, so can never have 2 many recipes. I really want to try this recipe. However, I know myself, and I am not a dough-making gal. What could I sub? Phyllo dough? Thanks, Cheryl

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 6, 2022 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Cheryl! This is a super easy dough, I promise! There are not really any ready-make doughs on the market (at least here in America) that would quite compare to this dough’s delicious buttery flavor and perfectly flaky consistency. I believe in you to make this dough 🙂 (did I talk you into it? hehe) If you reeeeeeally don’t want to make the dough, you could try a pre-packaged puff pastry instead. I think that would taste better than phyllo – but that would likely work too. Either way, let us know what you think when you give them a try 🙂

  21. #
    Heather Spangler — June 5, 2022 at 5:08 pm

    I made these today and they were so easy to make! I had no idea how easy it would be to make the dough. The directions are clear and the flavor is amazing. I meal prepped for breakfast this week. You could totally make a lot of variations easily and just keep the dough recipe.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 6, 2022 at 1:59 pm

      Yay! So thrilled to hear this, Heather!!

  22. #
    Kelly Olson — June 2, 2022 at 8:32 am

    So delicious! Made the dough yesterday and stuffed them with bacon, potatoes, soft scrambled egg, veggies and cheese! So very good and I did it assembly line style – rolled out the dough first, then filled, closed and baked! It was much faster that way!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 2, 2022 at 12:44 pm

      That sounds like the perfect way to make them, Kelly!! So happy you enjoyed them!

  23. #
    Catherine Clark — October 6, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Hi… I have made this recipe several times and it’s delicious. I use soy chorizo and these are so yummy and everyone loves them. The pastry is light and flaky yet strong enough to hold the filling.

    Thank you!

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      Emily — October 7, 2021 at 9:29 am

      So happy to hear you love this recipe, Catherine!

  24. #
    Cathy Clark — October 19, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I made these for a potluck last year when we did a chili day and everyone wants them again! Delicious. Thank you for sharing!

  25. #
    Raisin Questions — March 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I agree that this pastry dough looks fabulous! I like how thin you got it. I look forward to trying this out!

  26. #
    Bryan & YiRan — March 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    We love, love, love empanadas. These looks fantastic. Will be making this weekend!

  27. #
    María — March 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Acabo de descubrir tu blog y aqui me quedo…menuda empanadilla!

  28. #
    Tracey — March 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    These sound so good Tessa!! I get so bored with my usual breakfasts, this is a great way to switch things up 🙂

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