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Ham and Cheese Empanada Recipe


How to make Ham and Cheese Empanada Recipe.

Baked Ham and Cheese Empanada Recipe.  Baked Ham and Cheese Empanada Recipe, another delicious and tasty version of empanada. This recipe is made of ham, cheddar cheese, onions, bell pepper, potatoes, herbs and seasoning. A good Empanada should be tasty, flaky and a well puff dough. Empanadas can be deep-fried or baked depends on the dough you are using. In this recipe we are using a dough recipe that needs to be bake.

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Ham and Cheese Empanada Ingredients:

Ham Filling:

  • 1 small  onion, finely diced
  • 1 small  bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1½ cups potato, peeled, soaked and diced
  • 1/2 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups ham, roughly diced
  • 1 tbsp. flour (optional)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Empanada Dough:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ cup butter or margarine, chilled & cubes
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening, chilled
  • 6-7 tbsp. icy cold water
  • 1 egg, beaten for egg wash

Cooking Procedure: 

  • In a large saucepan heat the oil, saute onions and bell pepper until translucent. Add in the potatoes and saute for 2 minutes. Add water and cover the saucepan with a lid and let it simmer until potatoes are cooked and the water almost evaporates. Add in the sliced ham, dried herbs, salt and pepper, stir to mix all ingredients. Add in 1 tablespoon flour stir until the mixture becomes sticky and moist. Taste the filling if it calls for more salt or seasoning, then just add according to your taste. Fire off, fold in the grated cheese and mix well to combine. Transfer to a bowl and let it cool completely, then set aside. 

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  • Meanwhile, prepare the crust sift flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together in a bowl. Add in chilled and cubes butter and vegetable shortening. Using a fork or hand pinch together until forms a crumb. Add icy cold water 1 tablespoon at a time and mix well. Knead the dough for 3 minutes and form a ball. Let it rest for 15 minutes before using.

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  • Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut dough into your desired size, using empanada cutter or a big round cookie cutter. Place ham filling in the center and fold dough over to the opposite side. Use an empanada cutter if you have one to make it fast and easy. Or you can do it manually by crimping the dough with fork or with your fingers to seal the edges and repeat procedure until done.

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  • Arrange ham and cheese empanadas on a baking tray, prick each empanada with fork and brush with egg wash. Bake in a preheated oven 375F, for about 30-35 minutes or until lightly brown. Time varies depend on the size of your empanada.

Ham and Cheese Ingredients

empanada filling
What I like about Empanada is that you can fill it up with just anything you like, so try to create your own empanada filler according to your favourites such as spicy tuna filling, shrimp and corn, beef and mushroom, vegetable with egg and etc…
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This cheesy empanada recipe is a big hit for party snacks, kids surely love cheese, potatoes and ham. 
This recipe makes 16 large Empanadas.

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My handmade Ham and Cheese Empanada
empanada cutters
My beautiful handy empanada cutters, these little helpers are so cheap and easy to use. Those big and medium size cutters  I usually use for my savoury empanadas and the smaller one I used in my sweet tarts.

About pingskie

Hello, I'm Ping Joven welcome to Pinoy Desserts the home of Filipino Dessert Recipes, I love sweets and I love to share my goodies with my family and friends. I’ve spent so much time in our kitchen even though I don’t have formal cooking education, but I cook and bake a lot. I have a large collection of cookbooks. I love watching Foodnetwork Channel & YouTube cooking videos it helps me develop my skills. To my fellow home cooks and home-bakers we should keep doing what we love and enjoy being creative in the kitchen. I also love taking photos of my food but, I’m not a good photographer, so I just hope and pray that my food will make you hungry, so you won’t notice my bad composition LOL. And lastly, please have mercy on my poor writing skills, English subject has always giving me a headache and as I compose this bio I can feel a migraine starts to kick in LOL. Thanks for visiting, have a nice day and may the blessings chase you today!


  1. going to try this

  2. Ariosto dela Cruz

    I think I can eat 50 pieces of this a day!
    So yummy!!
    Thanks for this recipe! 🙂

  3. I love eating Empanada!!! didn’t know how to make one though 😀 😀

  4. Wow looks so yummy! I wanna try this! I’m sure my family will love it. Thanks for the recipe..

  5. I will try this 🙂 thanks for the procedure 🙂

  6. i’ve tried chicken empanada but i haven’t tasted this one. but it looks yummy… a must-try though.

  7. Ate wala akong shortening. Can i still do this without it?

  8. the filling looks yummy, kaya lang mukhang mahihirapan ako sa paggawa ng dough,.

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