How to make Lucena’s Filipino Empanada Recipe

Empanada is one of our all time favorites. Perfect for snack or merienda. If you’ve been wanting to create the perfect Filipino Empanada, this recipe will surely help you out!

Filipino Empanada

Jaime Inez
The Filipino empanada recipe is an easy and versatile way to prepare this popular Spanish-influenced bread. Just cook a few cubes of pork in a large skillet for about 5 minutes. You can also purchase pre-cooked pork from a local store. Use the drained meat to fill the empanada. This filling can be re-frozen for future use. Once you've prepared the dough, fill it with the meat.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Filipino, Spanish
Servings 4 servings
Calories 325 kcal


Empanada Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 cup carrot diced
  • 1 cup potato diced
  • 1 cup sweet peas frozen
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced or garlic powder
  • 2 TBS soy sauce
  • 2 TBS brown sugar
  • 2 Lbs lean ground pork
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Empanada Dough Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Bisquick
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 stick butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup very cold water
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1 egg white for sealing



  • In a large non stick pan, over a medium heat, heat oil and sautee onions and garlic until soft.
  • Add pork mince and cook for a few minutes until it starts to brown.
  • Stir in carrot and potato and continue cooking for a few more minutes.
  • Add peas, sultanas, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, white pepper and water. Stir well.
  • Continue to cook the mixture over a low heat, stirring so the mixture does not burn, until liquid has evaporated.
  • Cover and place empanada filling to the side to cool while making the pastry. If it is a hot day, I suggest you put the filling in the fridge once it has cooled slightly.


  • Place flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl, whisk together.
  • Add lard to the flour mixture. With the tips of your fingers rub (see notes) the lard into the flour mixture.
  • Whisk water, egg and vinegar together and add to flour mixture.
  • Mix until combined and then turn out on to a lightly floured bench.
  • Knead until mixture forms a smooth dough. Adding a little more flour if too sticky to handle.
  • Shape into a flatish ball and wrap in plastic. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes to rest.

Assembly and Cooking

  • Divide dough into 18 round balls, and cover with some plastic wrap to avoid them drying out while assembling.
  • On a floured bench, roll out a dough ball with a rolling pin, until around ½ centimetre thick.
  • Place 2 tablespoons of empanada filling in the centre of the rolled out dough.
  • Fold the dough in half over the filling, then seal the empanada but pleating* the edges and crimping as you go.
  • You can see how I do it on Instagram here.
  • Continue with the remainder of the dough and filling. Keeping the empanadas covered as you go so they don’t dry out.
  • Place enough vegetable oil in a wok, which would be high enough to cover the empanadas. Heat oil until it reaches 180°C (350°F). Cook a few empanada at a time (don’t crowd the wok) until they are golden brown.
  • Once golden remove from the wok and drain on kitchen paper towel.
  • Serve immediately.



A Filipino empanada recipe is the perfect dish for any gathering. This dish is a delicious appetizer or side dish. It's a great choice for dinner or brunch. You can eat it in any way you like. It's easy to prepare and can be prepared in advance. If you have guests, it can be reheated in the microwave or toaster oven. In the case of vegetarian empanadas, you can make them ahead of time and freeze them.
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Tips and Tricks to make Filipino Empanada

Chicken Empanada

The basic Filipino empanada recipe calls for ground pork, carrots, and green peas. A little olive oil and minced garlic is also a good addition. You will also need an egg, potatoes, and knorr pork cubes. You will also want to add soy sauce and raisins. This is one of the easiest Filipino empanada recipes to make. Once you’ve gathered the ingredients, roll the dough in between them. Fold in the edges and seal with your finger.

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Another popular Filipino empanada recipe is made with ground beef. It’s made with lean ground beef and mixed with vegetables and raisins. The recipe is easily adaptable to your own tastes. If you’re short on time, you can always freeze the leftover filling and use it later. If you’re pressed for time, you can use the leftover filling to make more empanadas. You can use any vegetable you prefer.

Filipino Beef Empanada - Lutong Bahay Recipe

When you make empanadas at home, be sure to always have extra filling on hand for emergencies. You can also use frozen beef. This way, you can use it for a later date. You can use the same recipe to serve a crowd. If you don’t have an oven, you can cook more than enough and eat it for lunch or dinner. If you have a craving for Filipino food, you can make your own Filipino empanadas.

The Filipino version of empanada is a delicious pastry made with a sweet dough. You can use any vegetable or meat filling you like. In the Philippines, empanadas are popular and are sold everywhere. If you’re pressed for time, you can make them at home by following a few simple steps. You can also try your hand at making this delicious dessert. It can be a fun and inexpensive recipe for your next potluck or family get-together.

If you’re trying to make Filipino beef empanadas, you should buy a lean ground beef and some raisins. You can also use a mixture of potatoes and onions. The Filipino beef empanada recipe is the best way to enjoy the Philippine cuisine at home. You can prepare these delicious pastries anytime and anywhere. These recipes will give you the perfect Filipino empanadas every time. And they’re perfect for all occasions.

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Adobo Empanada (Fried Meat Pies)

Originally, empanada recipes were filled with meat and fish. Over time, the Filipino version is usually made with vegetables, but the original recipe includes beef as well. If you’re cooking for a big crowd, you can freeze the extra filling for later. If you’re baking for a family feast, the Filipino empanada is the perfect snack or light meal. If you’re a meat lover, you’ll love this simple recipe.

For a truly authentic empanada, make the dough as thin as possible. This will ensure that the pastry is puffed, and the filling will be delicious. You can also freeze extra filling to keep in the freezer. In order to make the Filipino empanadas, you should purchase lean ground beef, carrots, and raisins. They’ll be delicious and healthy. The Filipino Empanada recipe is easy to follow and is perfect for all types of cuisines.

This recipe uses a mix of ground pork and vegetables. The name empanada derives from the Spanish word empanar, which means “wrapped”. There are many variations to this recipe, but the main ones will usually have ground pork, vegetables, or a combination of these. You can even freeze the extra filling for another day. These are delicious as a snack or as a main meal. If you have leftovers, you can serve them frozen.