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Chilean Traditional Apple Empanadas Recipe
Chilean Traditional Apple Empanadas Recipe

Delicious homemade apple empanadas, quick and easy to prepare, perfect for enjoying as an appetizer, dessert, or ideal to accompany tea time.

How to make Chilean Apple Empanadas?

Very common in southern Chile, particularly in Chiloé, these apple empanadas are generally made with locally harvested varieties, usually smaller but full of flavor.

Nutritional Information

Category: Desserts
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 300
Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Chilean Apple Empanadas recipe


  • 1 kg of wheat flour
  • 10 large apples
  • 500 g of butter
  • 200 g of white sugar
  • 200 g of brown sugar
  • 50 g of unsalted butter
  • 50 ml of water
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of powdered cinnamon


  1. Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the sugar, the 500 grams of butter, and mix everything with your hands or a wooden spoon until homogeneous. Let the dough rest uncovered.
  2. Peel the apples and cut them into medium-sized cubes, set aside in a large pot, add the brown sugar, cinnamon, unsalted butter, cover, and cook over medium heat until the fruit begins to release its juice, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon until the apple becomes shiny and well cooked.
  3. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water and add it to the cooking apples, stirring gently and constantly until thickened, turn off the heat and cool to room temperature.
  4. On a floured surface, roll out the dough thinly with a rolling pin, cut into circular shapes using a plate or a empanada mold, fill with a large spoonful of cooked apples, fold in half, and seal with your fingers or flatten the edge with a fork to form a fan shape.
  5. Arrange the empanadas on a baking tray and prick them with a fork to prevent them from opening during cooking.
  6. Preheat the oven to 200°C (392°F) and bake the empanadas for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown, remove from the oven and while still hot, optionally sprinkle with powdered sugar and/or powdered cinnamon.

Benefits of consuming apples

Apples are diuretic, and their rich potassium content helps maintain the body’s water balance, reducing fluid retention, and controlling blood pressure levels.

Apples have a great ability to satisfy hunger, combined with their content of tartaric and malic acid that help digest fats, rich in tannins that act as anti-inflammatories.

Did you know?

The apple tree is native to Central Asia, where its wild ancestor (Malus sieversii) can still be found, being a fruit cultivated for thousands of years and brought to North America by European settlers.


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