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Empanadillas de Bonito | Tuna Empanadillas

Are you a fan of empanadas? Then, you’ll enjoy this “mini” empanada.

Empanadillas de Bonito recipe
Baked empanadillas are a not so greasy as the fried ones (although just as delicious!).

As you might have guessed, empanadillas are the little sister of the famous Empanada. This empanadillas de bonito recipe is a very easy and quick dish which can be filled with basically anything. In this case we will go for the most typical filling: bonito (tuna), but if you are looking for a vegetarian alternative, check this empanadillas vegetarianas recipe. This dish is perfect as an appetizer or tapa if you are planning to host a party or a dinner with friends, as you can prepare a lot of them in a decent amount of time.

We’re going to show you how to make Empanadillas using pre-made pastry. Now, the difference in flavor between using pre-made and home-made pastry is not as great as you find when making Empanadas, and it will save you time as well.

Empanadillas de Bonito Recipe

Empanadillas de Bonito Recipe

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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Cooling Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, tapa
Cuisine Mediterranean, spanish
Servings 4 people
Calories 780 kcal


  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 200 ml crushed tomato
  • 200 grams canned tuna
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 16 pieces of pre-made pastry
  • 1 egg


  • Slice some garlic, and chop an onion and peppers into small pieces. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a big pan. Toss the onion in. Cook it for 5 minutes over medium heat until it gets soft. Add the rest of vegetables as well as the salt and sugar and stir-fry for another 5 minutes or until they are very soft.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes and cook for 15 minutes over a low heat.
  • Transfer all the ingredients to a bowl. Drain the oil away from the canned tuna and add the tuna to the bowl, mixing everything together very well with a fork or a spoon. Let it cool down for 20 minutes.
  • Take one piece of pastry. Take a spoonful of the ingredients from the bowl and dump them in the middle of the pasty. Close the pastry very well. Once you have all your empanadillas filled, you can brush them with a whisked egg.
  • Place them on a baking tray and bake them in a preheated oven at 200ºC for 10 minutes. Alternatively you can deep-fry them in a pan full of olive oil; however, your empanadillas will be greasier (although just as delicious!)


Calories: 780kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 22gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 1095mgPotassium: 481mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1237IUVitamin C: 69mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 5mg
Keyword bonito, empanadillas de bonito, empanadillas recipe, tuna
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