How to Make Tuna Empanadas

Tuna empanadas are a delicious and healthy alternative to meat empanadas, and they are full of color and flavor. Although they are ideal to prepare during the Easter season, these empanadas are delicious to eat any day of the week. Keep reading to learn how to make tuna empanadas.


For twelve empanadas:

  • 2 cans of tuna in water
  • 2 chopped medium onions
  • 2 chopped cloves of garlic
  • 2 round tomatoes cut into cubes
  • 1 chopped red pepper
  • 1 package of dough for empanadas (ready to bake or puff pastry dough)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped green olives (optional)


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    Sauté the ingredients. In a pan, heat a little bit of oil and add the onion to sautée them until they are transparent. After they are ready, add the chopped pepper and the cubed tomato.
    • Stir the vegetables for about 2 minutes and then add the chopped garlic.
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    Add the tuna. Mix the cans of tuna into the pan, but first make sure to remove most of the water.
    • Let it simmer for a while and add salt and pepper.
    • Stir to make sure all the flavors are well-mixed.
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    Let the mixture cool. Take the pan off the stove and let the mixture cool so that you can fill the empanadas.
    • If you are going to add green olives, do so at this moment.
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    Fill the empanadas. Put approximately one spoon of mixture into each portion of empanada dough. Fold the dough closed and press the edges together with a fork or fold the edge so that the filling doesn’t come out while it is cooking in the oven.
    • With a brush or a napkin, paint each empanada with beaten egg to acquire a beautiful golden color.
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    Bake the empanadas. Put the empanadas in a floured or oiled pan. Bake them in a preheated oven at approximately 428 °F (220 °C).
    • Remove them from the oven after about 15 minutes or when they are golden-brown.
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    Serve them. When you remove the empanadas from the oven, let them sit for at least 3 minutes. Serve them hot.


  • You can use fresh tuna in place of canned tuna. To do this, boil the tuna with a stick of celery, parsley, thyme, two leeks, a carrot, oregano and salt for 20 minutes.[1]
    • Remove the tuna from the water and shred it to use as filling.
    • You can save the broth to use it in another dish.

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