Cheese Empanadas – Empanadas de Viento

Cheese Empanadas – Empanadas de Viento


Cheese Empanadas – Empanadas de Viento

Print Recipe

Prep time


Total time





Add to Recipe Box

Buy all ingredients to make this recipe from your local grocer:

What's this?

Share this recipe using:

  • About this Recipe
  • More Recipes like this
La Cocina Goya

Empanadas de Viento are fried cheese turnovers served as street food throughout Ecuador. These empanadas are stuffed with mild white melting cheese mixed with sliced scallions, enclosed in classic flour dough, sealed, fried and commonly sprinkled with sugar before eating. As the empanadas cook in the hot oil, the dough becomes puffed and crisp while the cheese becomes gooey and melted. As you bite into the tasty treat, you’ll notice a big gap of air between the filling and dough, hence the name Empanadas de Viento, or “air” empanadas.

  • Ingredients
  • Directions

shredded mozzarella cheese (about 6 oz.)


scallions, finely chopped (about 1/3 cup)

All-purpose flour, for rolling out dough

Granulated sugar, for serving (optional)

GOYA® Hot sauce, for serving (optional)

GOYA® Vegetable Oil, for frying


Kitchen View

Step 1

In medium bowl, toss together cheese and scallions.

Step 2

On lightly floured work surface, using rolling pin, roll out disco until about ½” larger in diameter. Spoon 1 tablespoon cheese mixture into middle of dough. Moisten edges with water and fold in half to form half-moon shape. Twist edges to seal. Repeat with remaining discos and filling to make 10 empanadas.

Step 3

Heat 2” oil in large, heavy pot over medium-high heat until oil registers 350°F on deep-fry thermometer. Alternately, heat oil in deep fryer to 350°F. Fry empanadas in batches until dough is crisp and golden brown and cheese is melted, about 5-6 minutes per batch. Transfer empanadas to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with sugar before serving, if desired. Serve with hot sauce, if desired. Serve warm.

No time?
No Problem!

Try our ready-made GOYA® Cheese Empanadas.

Learn More
Cheese Empanadas

New from Goya

Recipe Tags

Appetizers & Snacks Breakfast & Brunch Salads Main Dishes Side Dishes Desserts & Drinks BBQ & Grilling Game Day Movie Night CIA Recipes Main Dishes Side Dishes Salads Desserts & Drinks Appetizers & Snacks Summertime Caribbean Mexico South America Central America Spain Under 40

Recipe Reviews

No Reviews Yet


Kitchen View