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Guava Empanadas

Sweet guava paste and salty queso fresco are the perfect filling for these 5-ingredient, air-fried empanadas. This recipe is inspired by well-loved recipes throughout Latin America.

Serves 10
Ready in 26 mins
Prep time 10 mins
Cooking time 16 mins
207 calories per serving


> 1/2 (10 oz) pkg queso fresco or 1/2 (8 oz) ball fresh mozzarella
> 1/4 (16 oz) pkg guava paste
> 1 (14 oz) pkg empanada pastry dough discs, thawed in refrigerator
> Cooking spray
> 1 tbsp confectioners' sugar, to dust


Preheat air fryer to 350°F. Cut the queso fresco and guava paste into 1-inch long, ¼-inch thick pieces. Do not discard any scraps.
Place 3 pieces queso fresco and 2 pieces guava paste on half of 1 pastry dough disc. Fold dough over and crimp edges with fork to seal. Repeat with remaining ingredients, using scraps as needed.
Spray air fryer basket with the cooking spray. Place empanadas in batches into air fryer and lightly spray tops with cooking spray. Cook 6–8 min., until lightly golden. Dust with confectioners’ sugar to serve.


Try baking these if you don’t have an air fryer: Preheat oven to 350F. Place filled empanadas on a parchment-lined baking sheet and brush with milk. Bake 20–25 min., until lightly golden.

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