Breakfast Empanadas: Air Fryer or Oven

If you want a fancier breakfast that’s also perfect for dinner, try these air fryer breakfast empanadas! They remind me of the Toaster Scrambles my mom used to buy when I was in high school, but better.

If you plan on using the oven, preheat it to 400 now.

The Crust

Start with 2 pie crusts, or make your own by mixing all of the following together in a bowl:

2 c. flour

2/3 c. oil

1/3 c. water

1 t. salt

The Filling

Cut up small, cook, and drain:

6 oz. bacon (1/2 of a regular package)

Scramble in a pan:

8 eggs

Mix all together:

the cooked bacon

the scrambled eggs

1/4 c. salsa

Assembling the Empanadas

Divide the pie crust into 8 pieces. Roll each piece between pieces of plastic wrap. Spoon 1/8 of the filling onto the circle, then top with 1 piece of American cheese or 2/3 oz. (about 2 T.) of shredded Cheddar cheese. Fold the crust over and crimp with a fork to seal it. (The American cheese gives a gooier texture, while the Cheddar cheese has a stronger flavor. Your choice. I prefer American in certain recipes, and this is one of them.)

Cook the empanadas in the air fryer for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees or in the oven for 20-25 minutes, also at 400.

Serve breakfast empanadas with a side of veggies or fruit. You could also serve them with additional salsa.

breakfast empanadas
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving 
Calories443
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30.2g39%
Saturated Fat 7.6g38%
Cholesterol 187mg62%
Sodium 970mg42%
Total Carbohydrate 26.3g10%
Dietary Fiber 1g3%
Total Sugars 2.2g 
Protein 16.9g 
Vitamin D 15mcg77%
Calcium 150mg12%
Iron 2mg13%
Potassium 178mg4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Recipe analyzed by VeryWell

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