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Tuna empanadas

Flavorful, cheesy, spicy tuna empanadas that are perfect for dinner

Course lunch, Mexican
Cuisine latin american, Mexican
Keyword empanadas, empanadas de atun, tuna empanadas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 454 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 1/2 onion white
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 roma tomatoes chopped
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sliced
  • 3 tbs cilantro chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbs mayonnaise
  • 2 cans tuna 5 oz each drained
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbs oil plus more for frying
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat.

  2. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and saute for a minute.

  3. Add the tomatoes and chipotle peppers. Cover and cook on medium low for 7 minutes or until the tomatoes have softened.

  4. Add the cilantro to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Stir and remove the skillet from the heat. Let the mixture cool for about 5-10 minutes.

  5. Add the drained tuna and mayonnaise. Stir well. Set mixture aside.

  6. Put the masa harina in a large bowl. Slowly add in the water while mixing with your hand.

  7. After the dough is well mixed form the dough into 10 equal sized balls.

  8. Place one ball on the opened piece of plastic. Close the plastic bag over it.

  9. Flatten the ball with a heavy bottomed pot.

  10. Put a spoonful of the tuna mixture on the flattened dough.

  11. Top with shredded mozarella cheese.

  12. Close the empanada by folding it. Press on edges of the empanada with your fingertips or a fork.

  13. Transfer this empanada to a baking sheet then repeat the above steps with the remaining dough balls.

  14. Fill another skillet with enough oil for frying and heat over medium high heat.

  15. Fry the empanadas on each side for 1-2 minutes. They will turn a golden color.

  16. After frying transfer the empanadas to a paper towel lined baking sheet to absorb excess oil.

Nutrition Facts
Tuna empanadas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 454 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 563mg24%
Potassium 351mg10%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 966IU19%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 312mg31%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.