Gluten free and Keto empanadas on a baking tray

Flaky Gluten Free & Keto Empanadas

Traditionally a beautiful Argentinian delight, you'll find these gluten free and keto empanadas to be bursting with flavor and all wrapped up in a suuuper flaky pie crust!

Course Entree, Main
Cuisine Latin American
Keyword gluten free empanadas, keto empanadas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 8 empanadas
Calories 230 kcal


Special equipment

For the pie crust

For the beef filling


  1. See recipe video for guidance on the pie crust!

  2. Make a batch of our keto pie crust and chill while you make the filling.

  3. Heat olive oil in a large pot over high heat. Cook beef, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned but not completely cooked through. Transfer to a medium bowl with a slotted spoon, leaving as much fat in pan as possible.

  4. Reduce heat to medium and cook onion and bell pepper, stir- ring, until tender but not browned, 6–8 minutes; season with salt and black pepper. Add cumin, paprika, oregano, and cayenne and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chicken broth and reserved beef along with any accumulated juices to pot. Stir in sug- ar and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring and scraping up any brown bits, until most of the liquid is evaporated, 15–20 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl, allow to come to room temperature, cover, and chill at least 3 hours

  5. Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C and line a baking tray with a mat. 

  6. Roll out dough between parchment paper and cut out 8 rounds. Place 2-3 tablespoons filling (depending on the size of your em- panadas) in the center of each round and top with a couple olive halves. Fold round over filling and pinch edges to seal, using a fork to crimp the edges. Transfer empanada to prepared tray, spacing 1” apart. Repeat with remaining rounds (you’ll get about roughly 8 large empanadas out of a batch).

  7. Note: a few of you have reported back that using an 'empanda press' to handle the dough makes the process absolutely seamless (and I'm dying to try!).

  8. Brush with egg wash and bake, rotating tray halfway through, until golden brown and slightly darker around the edges, 25–35 minutes.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*An easier alternative for the dough would be to use our famous Crazy Keto Dough (takes 15 minutes to whip up!). Think a bit of an empanada 'hot pocket' sorta thing (I've done it when feeling a tad bit lazy and works the charm!). 

The filling can be made 3 days ahead and the unbaked empanadas can be made 3 months ahead; freeze on sheet tray, then transfer to freezer bags and keep frozen.

Nutrition Facts
Flaky Gluten Free & Keto Empanadas
Amount Per Serving (1 empanada)
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Sodium 230mg10%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.