Delicious Breakfast Empanadas: Start Your Day Right

Good day, dear readers! I’m excited to share with you my recipe for breakfast empanadas, a tasty and filling treat that’s perfect for starting your day off right. This dish combines the goodness of eggs, bacon, cheese, and empanada dough, resulting in a flavorful and satisfying breakfast that’s easy to make.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy breakfast recipe that’s sure to please everyone in the family, then look no further than these breakfast empanadas. With just a few basic ingredients, you can make a delicious and nutritious breakfast that will give you the energy you need to tackle the day ahead.

So whether you’re a busy parent trying to feed hungry mouths before sending them off to school or someone who simply loves a hearty breakfast, these breakfast empanadas are sure to become one of your go-to recipes. Stay tuned for the rest of the article, where I’ll share all the details on how to make these delicious treats.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Breakfast Empanadas
Breakfast Empanadas

If you’re a fan of breakfast foods, you’re going to absolutely love this empanada recipe! These cheesy and delicious empanadas are perfect for breakfast, brunch or even as a snack throughout the day. With a variety of flavors from bacon, eggs, cheese and chorizo, every bite is like a flavor explosion in your mouth. Trust me when I say this – these empanadas are bound to become your new breakfast favorite.

What sets these empanadas apart is their versatility. You can swap out the fillings with all of your favorite ingredients to create a range of delicious combinations. Whether you’re in the mood for bacon and eggs or ham and cheese, these breakfast empanadas are easy to make and always delicious.

One of the best things about this recipe is how effortless it is to make. Most of the ingredients required are pantry staples that you probably already have at home. All you need is a little bit of egg and some extra virgin olive oil – two items that most people have on hand.

Lastly, if you’re someone who likes to meal prep or save time in the morning, then this recipe is perfect for you. You can prepare these breakfast empanadas ahead of time and store them in the freezer until you’re ready to heat them up. They work great as an on-the-go breakfast or even as a snack throughout the day.

In conclusion, why not try something new for breakfast? These cheesy breakfast empanadas are packed full of flavor, easy to make and highly satisfying. With so many different filling options available, there’s sure to be something for everyone. So give them a try; I promise that you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 Crispy, golden-brown breakfast empanadas fresh out of the oven!
Crispy, golden-brown breakfast empanadas fresh out of the oven!

Let’s take a look at everything you’ll need to make these Breakfast Empanadas come to life.

Empanada Dough:
– 3 cups flour
– 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 2 tablespoons ice water

Empanada Filling:
– 6 strips of bacon, chopped into small pieces
– 3/4 cup chorizo, removed from casing and crumbled
– 1 medium potato, diced
– 4 large eggs, beaten
– 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
– 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
– Salt and pepper to taste
– 1/4 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded

Egg Wash:
– 1 egg
– 2 teaspoons water

Optional Toppings:
– Salsa
– Sour cream

The Recipe How-To

 Perfectly portable breakfast bites, ready to grab and go.
Perfectly portable breakfast bites, ready to grab and go.

Let’s get cooking! To make these breakfast empanadas, you will need to prepare the empanada dough and filling. I suggest preparing the dough first so it has time to cool before filling and baking.

Empanada Dough

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1/4 cup ice water


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt.
  2. Add the softened cream cheese and butter, and use a pastry blender or your fingers to mix it in until it resembles coarse sand.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the egg and ice water.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and combine until it forms a smooth dough.
  5. Divide the dough into two disks, wrap tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.


  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 3 oz chorizo (removed from casing)
  • 1 medium potato (peeled and diced)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 eggs, scrambled
  • 1 cup Pepper Jack cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add diced potatoes and cook until golden brown.
  3. Remove potatoes from skillet using a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. In the same skillet over medium heat, cook diced bacon until crispy. Remove bacon using a slotted spoon onto another paper towel-lined plate.
  5. In the same skillet over medium-high heat, cook chorizo until browned.
  6. Beat 4 eggs in a small mixing bowl, then add to the skillet with chorizo.
  7. Scramble the eggs and chorizo together until fully cooked.
  8. Add cooked potatoes and cooked bacon to the skillet, and mix everything together. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
  9. Roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface to about 1/4-inch thickness.
  10. Cut circles with a 4-inch cutter.
  11. Place a spoonful of filling on one side of each dough circle, leaving enough space around the edges to seal them.
  12. Sprinkle cheese over each mound of filling.
  13. Fold over the other half of the circle and use a fork or your fingers to crimp the edges together.
  14. Repeat for all empanadas.
  15. Bake empanadas on a baking sheet for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

And voila! Your delicious, homemade breakfast empanadas are ready to enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 The ultimate breakfast on-the-go, filled with tasty ingredients.
The ultimate breakfast on-the-go, filled with tasty ingredients.

Now, here’s where things get really creative! One of the best things about making breakfast empanadas is that you can easily customize the fillings to suit your taste. Here are some ideas to try:

– Cheese and Bacon: For a classic flavor combination, simply omit the chorizo and potato and fill your empanadas with cheese and crumbled bacon.

– Egg and Sausage: Replace the chorizo with crumbled breakfast sausage, and toss in some scrambled eggs for a hearty start to your day.

– Potato and Pepper Jack Cheese: If you’re a fan of spicy flavors, try swapping out the chorizo for potatoes and pepper jack cheese. The mild heat of the cheese pairs perfectly with fluffy potatoes.

– Puff Pastry or Pie Crust: Instead of using homemade empanada dough, try using puff pastry or pie crust for an extra-flaky pastry shell.

– Canned Biscuits or Grands Biscuits: If you’re short on time, canned biscuits or grands biscuits can be used as empanada dough substitutes. Just roll out the biscuits before filling them up.

– Beef Empanadas: You can swap out the breakfast ingredients for beef, steak, or shredded chicken to create savory empanadas that are perfect for lunch or dinner.

Pro tip: No matter which filling you choose, remember that the amount of filling in each empanada should be relatively small, so it doesn’t burst open while baking.

Serving and Pairing

 Delicious empanadas with a golden, flaky crust and savory filling.
Delicious empanadas with a golden, flaky crust and savory filling.

Now that your breakfast empanadas are done, it’s time to serve them up in style! These tasty treats are perfect for breakfast on-the-go or for brunch with friends and family. With their crispy crust and flavorful fillings, they make for an impressive addition to any breakfast spread.

For a classic pairing, you can’t go wrong with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea. The rich and bold flavor of the coffee will perfectly complement the smoky bacon and creamy cheese inside the empanadas. Alternatively, a glass of fresh orange juice is a refreshing choice that will cut through the richness of the empanadas.

If you want to take things up a notch, you can serve your breakfast empanadas with a side of fresh salsa, sour cream or guacamole. The tanginess and freshness of these sides perfectly balances the richness of the empanada filling, making each bite an explosion of flavors.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try serving your breakfast empanadas with some hot sauce for an extra kick. The spicy aroma and zesty flavor of the hot sauce will add an exciting layer to your dish.

With their versatility and flavor combination, these breakfast empanadas make for a unique and delicious way to start your day off right. So why not whip up a batch next time you need a quick and satisfying breakfast that can be enjoyed anywhere? And remember: no matter how you choose to enjoy them, don’t forget to savor every bite!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Satisfy your morning cravings with these savory breakfast empanadas.
Satisfy your morning cravings with these savory breakfast empanadas.

Ah, so you want to know how to make this scrumptious breakfast treat ahead of time? Well, it’s your lucky day, my friend! These breakfast empanadas are easily prepared in advance, making breakfast a breeze even on the busiest mornings.

To make these ahead of time, simply prepare the recipe up until the point where you bake them. Instead of baking right away, pop them into the fridge or freezer for later use. For storing in the fridge, wrap them tightly with plastic wrap and they will last up to 24 hours. If you choose to freeze your empanadas to make ahead for an extended period of time (up to one month!), wrap them with aluminum foil and place them in a sealed container before popping them into the freezer.

When it comes time to reheat your empanadas, there are multiple options for reheating these bad boys for a delicious breakfast on-the-go. The best way is to preheat your oven to 350°F, place the empanadas onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat, and bake for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

Alternatively, you could reheat them using an air fryer or toaster oven set at 350°F. For an extra crispy crust texture that rivals freshly made empanadas out of the oven, we recommend using an air fryer; simply place them in the fryer basket for about 5 -7 minutes until warmed through and crispy.

So, whether you’re meal prepping for the week ahead or accommodating different schedules among family members at home, trust me when I say that these breakfast empanadas will save you time and hassle without compromising taste!

Tips for Perfect Results

 These empanadas are a mouth-watering way to start your day!
These empanadas are a mouth-watering way to start your day!

Now that you know the recipe for breakfast empanadas, it’s time to learn some tricks to make them perfectly. Here are some tips to help you get the best results.

1. Don’t overstuff your empanadas

Overstuffing your empanadas may cause a leak, which can be messy and prevent them from cooking properly. Leave some space around the edges so you can seal them well.

2. Keep the dough cold

When working with empanada dough, it’s important to keep it chilled until you use it. This makes the dough easier to handle and prevents it from getting too sticky.

3. Use an egg wash

Using an egg wash (beaten egg and a little bit of water) on top of your empanadas will give them a beautiful golden brown color and a glossy finish.

4. Pierce the top before baking

Piercing the top of your empanadas with a fork will allow steam to escape during the baking process, preventing them from bursting or becoming soggy.

5. Use quality ingredients

Quality ingredients will make all the difference in your final product. Using fresh eggs, good cheese, and high-quality bacon will elevate the taste of your breakfast empanadas.

By following these tips, you’ll ensure that your breakfast empanadas come out perfectly every time!


Now that we have covered all the important details of this breakfast empanadas recipe, let’s move on to some frequently asked questions (FAQs). These FAQs provide answers to the most common concerns and doubts people have about making a perfect batch of empanadas. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner in the kitchen, pay attention to these tips and tricks to take your breakfast empanadas to the next level.

What are 3 types of empanadas?

In the province of Tucumán, which is known for its National Empanada Festival, empanadas are made with three distinct fillings- beef, tripe, and chicken. These flavorful fillings are then enveloped in dough and cooked in a traditional clay oven using beef fat.

Should empanadas be baked or fried?

When preparing empanadas, both baking and frying are great options. Baking them in the oven creates a healthier snack, while frying them is a quicker method for those in a hurry.

Do people eat empanadas for breakfast?

Empanadas are a versatile dish that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. They make an excellent addition to a meal as an appetizer or a satisfying snack on their own. Additionally, you can enjoy them as a main course for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

What kind of dough do you use for empanadas?

It is quite common to use ready-made pie dough when making empanadas, since the ingredients used in most dough recipes are quite similar. In general, these recipes call for flour, butter, salt, water, and occasionally egg, which are almost identical to the ingredients required by this particular recipe!

Bottom Line

Now that you have tried my Breakfast Empanadas recipe, I hope that you have found it to be a delicious and satisfying way to start your day. With its blend of crispy empanada dough, savory breakfast fillings, and spicy chorizo potato, this dish is sure to be a hit with anyone who loves authentic Brazilian and American cuisine.

In conclusion, I encourage you to experiment with different ingredients and variations, such as cheese or bacon eggs or even swapping out the chorizo for another protein option like beef or breakfast sausage. With this recipe as a foundation, the possibilities are endless!

So what are you waiting for? Head to your kitchen and make yourself some mouth-watering Breakfast Empanadas. Your taste buds (and stomach) will definitely thank you for it.

Breakfast Empanadas

Breakfast Empanadas Recipe

This is so gringo it is unreal, but I like the name and that is what they look like. 😉 I thought this up because I wanted to make the same ol thing different. I think changing the stuffing will be fun to try... Tell me what you come up with.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Latin American
Calories 498.7 kcal


  • 5 -8 large refrigerated biscuits
  • 6 eggs
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 8 ounces cheese (singles)
  • salt and pepper


  • cook bacon and scramble eggs.
  • flatten refrigerated biscuts into large circles.
  • place cheese in center.
  • crumble bacon on cheese.
  • place some scrambled egg.
  • fold over biscut and press with a fork to seal the "empanada".
  • bake as directed for the biscuts and viola!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 145gCalories: 498.7kcalCarbohydrates: 17.3gProtein: 22.5gFat: 37.4gSaturated Fat: 15.3gCholesterol: 307.5mgSodium: 1148.8mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 2.7g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Beginner Cook, Breakfast, Easy, Meat, Pork
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.