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Mini Chorizo Empanadas

How to make Mini Chorizo Empanadas in an AirFryer. Okay, folks, this is week 2 of a 4-week challenge given to me by Philips which was to swap a weekly takeaway meal every week for a month and to join in the #AirFryerTakeIn. Not that we actually have too many takeaways, if any.

Last week I made Ricotta and Basil Balls which I have to say were really easy to make and oh so good to eat!


Next up I made Mini Chorizo Empanadas which the recipe says are AirFryer Take In calories of 153 per one large empanada (except they are not large nor are they meant to be) since they're called 'Mini' compared to a Takeaway of (on average) 245 calories.

The AirFryer works by using very little oil and something called Rapid Air Technology. Rapid Air technology makes the hot air circulate very rapidly around the ingredients in the basket.

This heats up the ingredients in the basket from all sides at once, making it a healthy, fast and easy method to prepare tasty food.

Food prepared in the Airfryer is crispy on the outside and without being dry on the inside. A few of the recipes are a little confusing purely because the number of ingredients doesn't quite make the portion sizes they say they will.

But with that said I think it's a great machine but as I pointed out in my first post personally I think if you want to cook more than just chips then you need to buy the Philips AirFryer Grill Pan as an extra and works out a tad expensive.


The AirFryer comes with a wire basket which is great for chips but anything breaded I found sticks to the wire basket and the non-stick Grill Pan makes life so much easier.

AirFryer Recipe

The pastry cooked perfectly and the AirFryer did a great job of these Chorizo Empanadas.

AirFryer Empanadas

This was week 2 of 4 weeks of the #AirFryerTakeIn challenge so I'll be back very soon with the next recipe which is Thai Fishcakes with Mango Salsa!

Yield: 20 mini size 

Mini Empanadas with Chorizo

The pastry cooked perfectly and the AirFryer did a great job of these Chorizo Empanadas; I only managed to get 12 and not 20 but they tasted really good.
prep time: 20 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 40 mins


125 g chorizo, in small cubes
1 shallot, finely chopped
¼ red bell pepper, diced into small cubes
2 tablespoons parsley
200 g chilled pie crust dough (pâte brisée) or pizza dough


Stir the chorizo with the shallot and bell pepper in a skillet and fry on low heat for 2 to 3 minutes until the bell pepper is tender. 

Take off the heat and stir in the parsley. Allow the mixture to cool.
Preheat the AirFryer to 200°C.

Use a glass to cut twenty 5 cm rounds from the dough. Scoop a spoonful of the chorizo mixture onto each round. Press the edges together between thumb and index finger, creating a scallop pattern.

Put 10 empanadas in the basket and slide the basket into the AirFryer. Set the timer to 10 minutes and bake the empanadas until they are golden brown and done.

Bake the remaining empanadas in the same way. Serve the empanadas lukewarm.
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Disclosure - I was sent the Philips AirFryer to take part in the #AirFryerTakeIn challenge along with a gift card for ingredients. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write anything positive.

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