Costa Rican Empanadas

A Tasty and Filling Stuffed Pastry

Costa Rican Empanadas
Costa Rican Empanadas
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Costa Rican empanadas are half-moon shaped fried appetizers made from a corn-based dough. They are then filled with cheese, sausage and fried up until hot and the cheese inside is all melty.

costa rican empanadas

Costa Rican Empanadas

Recipe Author : Mike Gonzalez
Empanadas are a tasty and filling stuffed pastry that is very popular in Costa Rica. Learn how to make the traditional Costa Rican Empanadas

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Prep Time 10 mins
30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Costa Rica
Servings 12 people
Calories 3200 kcal


  • 1/2 lb corn flour masa harina
  • 1/2 lb dough flour or Maseca
  • 4 oz vegetable oil
  • 1/4 lb Mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 lb chorizo sausage
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup fried beans
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Dough Flour: Combine dough flour, corn flour, and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir in water gradually until smooth. Dough must be slightly sticky. Test dough consistency by flattening a small ball between your hands. If dough edges crack, add more water. Test until edges are completely smooth. Cover dough with a damp kitchen towel.
  • Filling: Heat fried beans in a saucepan over medium high. Add onions, salt, and Worcestershire sauce. Heat chorizo sausage in another saucepan over medium high. Turning cook until meat is cooked.
  • Turnovers: Roll dough out 1/8 to ¼ inch thick. Cut the dough into circles of 4 to 5-inch diameters. Brush rounds with water. Place 2 teaspoons chorizo sausage, 1 teaspoon cheese, 1 teaspoon fried beans filling on each round. Fold over and seal by crimping with a fork, making a narrow rim. Heat vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium high. Add turnovers and cook turning until light brown. Serve warm.


Calories: 3200kcal
Keyword chorizo sausage
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  1. can you tell me if this has the same meat as pastelillos they are meat pies.this Puerto rican lady made them. I am trying to get the recipe I really love them. Can you please help me get the recipe please. Thank you so much Diana


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