empanada in air fryer

Picadillo de Carne | Beef Turnovers

Cheesy beef is enclosed in a pastry disc that is air fried to create a healthy turnover, also known as a picadillo or empanada!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keyword: empanada, picadillo
Servings: 15 picadillo
Author: Neyssa
Cost: 11



  • 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Adobo seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
  • 1 packet of sazon optional
  • 2 tablespoons of cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup of shredded cheese
  • 15 dough discs
  • 15 slices of yellow cheese


  • In a large pan over medium high heat, warm oil. Once oil is warmed, add beef, onions, and Adobo seasoning.
  • Brown beef, about 6-7 minutes.
  • Drain ground beef.
  • Add remaining seasonings and cilantro. Cook an additional minute. Add shredded cheese, if desired. Melt cheese.
  • To each dough disc, add a slice of cheese to the center, and add 3-4 tablespoons of meat mixture over the cheese slice.
  • Fold over the dough disc, and with a fork, crimple edges and set to the side.
  • Preheat Air Fryer at 370 degrees for three minutes.
  • Once three minutes are over, spray Air Fryer pan with cooking spray and add 3-4 pastelillos to the basket. Close basket, and set to 370 degrees and cook for 7 minutes. After 7 minutes, check on it. Cook up to an additional 3 minutes, or desired level of crispness, if desired.
  • Repeat until finished.


Picadillos that are not cooked, can be frozen and used for a later time.
Picadillos will last up to three days, cooked, in the fridge.
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