Vegan Beluga Lentil Empanadas

Here’s how to make them…

For the empanadas:

  • 300g ready rolled puff pastry
  • 250g beluga lentils
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • A drizzle of sunflower oil
  • A pinch of sea salt & black pepper

For the guacamole dip:

  • 2 avocados
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • A handful of coriander
  • A squeeze of lime juice
  • A pinch of sea salt & black pepper


  • Begin by preparing the filling. Peel and finely chop the onion. Add the onion to a large pan along with a drizzle of sunflower oil. Saute on a low heat for around 5 minutes
  • Finely chop or grate the garlic. Add the garlic to the pan along with the spices and herbs
  • Stir to combine then saute for 5 minutes
  • Add the lentils to the pan. Stir to combine then saute for a further 5 minutes
  • Season to taste then set to one side
  • While the filling cools, prepare the pastry. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees (gas mark 6). Line a large tray with baking paper and lay the puff pastry on top
  • Using a knife and a saucer or a side plate, cut the pastry in to 6 circles. Remove any excess pastry
  • Add a spoonful of the filling to the centre of each circle. Leave space between the filling and the edge of the pastry
  • Fold each circle in half. Using a fork, lightly press the edges to seal
  • Brush the top of each empanada with a little sunflower oil
  • Put the tray in the pre-heated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown
  • While the empanadas bake, prepare the dip. Remove the skins and the stones from the avocados. Add the flesh to a food processor
  • Peel and finely chop the onion. Add the onion to the food processor
  • Cut the tomato in to quarters and add it to the food processor along with the garlic powder, chilli flakes, coriander and lime juice. Process until a smooth mixture is formed
  • Season to taste then serve alongside the empanadas

This recipe serves 2.

5 thoughts on “Vegan Beluga Lentil Empanadas

  1. Amazing food and an amazing post post! Well done.keep feeding me please.
    P.S Love you ❤️

    1. Thank you! Most ready rolled pastry in supermarkets today is made with margarine (vegetable oil) rather than butter. Jus-Rol is a great vegan friendly brand 👍

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