Empanadilla is a smaller version of the empanada. A fried turnover. In Spain, empanadillas are commonly eaten as a tapa or as a first course. My mother used to make this for us as a meal served with a cold gazpacho soup or veggies. They do take a bit longer to prepare as you have to make the dough first, stuff and then fry. However, if you do take the time, maybe over a weekend, you will not regret it!

Empanadillas de Atún


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp kosher/sea salt
  • 3 tbl butter
  • 3 tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 egg

  1. In a saucepan, heat the water, salt, butter, and oil until the butter is melted. Remove from heat and add the flour. Stir until completely incorporated. Beat in the egg until the dough is smooth. Put the dough on a floured work surface and knead, adding flour, until the dough is elastic and no longer sticky. Cover and let sit 30 minutes. Roll the dough very thin and cut 5 inch circles.

Empanadillas de Atún

  • 2 tbl EVOO
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cans tuna in olive oil
  • 2-3 tomatoes diced (Dahl’s is now selling local Graddy’s Pesticide Free Tomato’s!)
  • 1 tbl minced parsley
  • Kosher/Sea Salt
  • 1 farm fresh hard boiled egg, diced
  • EVOO for frying
  1. While the dough is resting, heat the oil in a skillet and saute the onion until transluscent but not browned.
  2. Add the tuna, tomato’s, parsley, and salt. Cook for 10 minutes
  3. Add the egg and remove from heat.

  4. Roll out your dough, cut into 3 or 5 inch circles and place about 1 tbl of the filling in the center of each empanadilla circle.

  5. Fold over and seal by pressing the edges with a fork.

  6. Fry in hot oil until the turnovers are browned.

6 Responses to Monday’s with Mami – Empanadillas de Atún

  1. Gabe Bauman says:

    Mmmmm….Tuna Nugz.

  2. Susan says:

    These look addictive. : ) I've had Cuban turnover pastries called pastelles. These remind me of them.

    P.S. – Next opening for hosting MLLA is summer 2010. If you are still interested, please email me. Thanks!

  3. Ruth says:

    Yeah! Going to a barbecue tomorrow and for some reason fancied making these! Was hoping you had the recipe and hey presto!! Ill let you know how they turn out. Many thanks!

  4. Caitlin says:

    Yum! I have a slight obsession with empanadas : ) These look delectable!

  5. Liliana says:

    I love your website. Im from Spain but my mom didnt make all these amazing things you do growing up, I know live in Hawaii and since I am into real food and also into Spanish food, this is my favorite website. One question only: About how many empanadas do I get with your recipe? Im having a little party over and I want to make enough.
    Thanks Diana

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