Easy Colombian Empanadas Recipe for Everyone


Colombian empanadas are a popular snack that people love for their tasty filling and crispy outside. This guide is perfect for anyone, especially if you’re around 15 years old and looking for a simple way to start cooking. Let’s make cooking easy and fun!

Recipe Details:

Cooking Colombian empanadas might seem like a big task, but it’s quite simple. We’ll go through everything you need, from ingredients to how to cook them. Get ready for a tasty adventure!


  • 2 cups of pre-cooked yellow cornmeal
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil for frying
  • Optional: boiled eggs, potatoes, or cheese for filling

Preparation Steps:

  1. Dough: Mix the cornmeal, water, and salt in a big bowl. Knead until the dough is smooth. If it’s too dry, add a little more water.
  2. Filling: Heat oil in a pan, cook the onion until it’s soft, then add the tomatoes, ground beef, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook until the beef is well done. Let it cool.
  3. Assemble: Take a small ball of dough, flatten it to form a circle, put some filling in the middle, and then fold it over to make a half-moon shape. Seal the edges well.
  4. Cook: Heat oil in a deep pot. Once hot, fry the empanadas until they are golden. Take them out and put them on paper towels to remove extra oil.

Recipe Tips and Variations:

  • If you like, you can add boiled eggs, potatoes, or cheese to the filling for different tastes.
  • Make sure the edges are well sealed so the filling doesn’t come out when frying.
  • You can also bake them for a healthier option. Just brush them with oil and bake at 350°F until golden.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve your empanadas with a side of lime wedges or a simple tomato salsa. They’re great as a snack, for lunch, or at parties.

Nutritional Information:

This recipe is a good source of protein thanks to the beef, but remember, frying adds extra calories. For a lighter option, consider baking them instead of frying.