Pumpkin and Pork Empanadas (Air Fryer)


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ground pork
1/2 onion, diced
1½ cups pumpkin purée
3 tablespoons water
1 red chili pepper, minced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon. salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 package of 10 empanada discs, thawed
olive oil


Pre-heat a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the pork and onions and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the pork is browned and the onions are soft. Drain the fat from the pan and discard.
Add the pumpkin purée, water, red chili pepper, cinnamon, thyme, salt and pepper to the pork mixture in the pan. Stir to combine everything and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool.
Place the empanada discs on a flat surface and brush the edges with water. Place 2 to 3 tablespoons of the filling in the center of each disc. Fold the dough over the filling to form a half moon. Crimp the edges shut with the tip of a fork and brush both sides of the empanadas with olive oil.
Pre-heat the air fryer to 370 degrees F.
Depending on the size of your air fryer, place 3 to 5 empanadas into the air fryer basket. Air-fry at 370 degrees F for 14 minutes, turning over after 8 minutes. Serve warm.



Helpful Hints:

 Serves:  10 empanadas
 You can find empanada discs in the ethnic section of most grocery stores. If you can't find the real empanada dough you can make your own, or you can substitute pie dough in a pinch.

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