Black Bean Empanada – Puerto Rican Style

Empanadas are usually filled with ground beef or other different fillings. These empanadas are my vegan version. You can enjoy them as an appetizer, main dish or main course. They go well with my easy guacamole recipe.

Hello, my beautiful friends! Here’s my Puerto Rican Black Beans Empanadas. You can make your own dough or buy store-bought at your local supermarket in the Hispanic or international frozen aisle. They are easy to make and you can add other ingredients if you want. Empanadas are great for breakfast, brunch, or as a main dish. In Puerto Rico, we called them “empanadillas” or depending on the dough “pastelillos”. They sell them around the island almost everywhere.

This recipe was featured in the New Hampshire magazine March issue

I hope you try this recipe and like it as much as much as I do! If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think! Leave a comment and don’t forget to take a picture and share it on my Facebook page or tag it #thehungrydragonfly on Instagram! I love seeing your creations!


Vegan Black Beans Empanadas

Yield: 24 empanadas

Time: 1 hour


2 tablespoons Olive Oil

½ teaspoon Minced Garlic

¼ cup Green Pepper, chopped

¼ cup Yellow Onion, chopped

1 bag Vegan Beefy Crumbles

1 cup Marinara Sauce

1 teaspoon Nutritional Yeast or Adobo

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 Sweet Plantain, chopped

1 can Black Beans

1 small can Whole Kernel Corn

Salt & Pepper to taste

Cayenne Pepper to taste if desired

1 cup Vegan Shredded Cheese or regular for vegetarian

1 Package Goya Dough Turnover Pastries **see notes


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Sauté garlic, green peppers and onions for 2 minutes.
  3. Add beefy crumbles and cook for about 4 minutes. Stir in marinara sauce, nutritional yeast and garlic powder. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  4. Lower heat to medium-low, add sweet plantains and fold until well incorporated.
  5. Add black beans, corn, salt & pepper, cayenne pepper if using, cook for another 3 minutes.
  6. Fold ingredients in cheese, turn stove off and set aside.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  8. On a lightly floured work surface, using a rolling pin, roll out discos until ½” larger in diameter. Spoon about 1 tbsp. mixture into middle, fold in half to form a half moon; seal with a fork.
  9. You can also deep fry but I prefer to bake them for about 15 minutes, flip over and bake for another 10 minutes or until they have a light golden color.
  10. Let if cool for about 10 minutes, serve with salsa or guacamole.

For my Easy Guacamole:


2-3 Avocado Hass

¼ cup red onion, chopped,

Salt & Pepper to taste

½ fresh squeezed lime


Mix all ingredient and stir together until well incorporated.

**Notes: You can find the empanada dough at your local supermarket in the Hispanic or International food aisle. I also use sofrito as a seasoning, you can find the recipe on my blog.