Last updated on February 4th, 2020 at 02:26 pm
Skip the mess and enjoy your elote in a portable and flaky crust with these Street Corn Empanadas. Light, flaky, and cooked in an air fryer for less calories!
This post is sponsored by Mealthy. I received a Mealthy CrispLid in exchange for testing and a review.
What can I do with corn salad?
Do you love corn as much as I do? Corn isn’t just a side dish to me, it’s a whole meal all in itself! Sitting with a big bowl of corn and showing down until I am either full or the bowl is empty is a normal weekday in my house.
My two favorite ways to eat corn is fried and Mexican street corn salad or “elotes” as they are called!
The combination of roasted corn with onions, peppers, jalapeño, and a generous squeeze of lime is my JAM! If you haven’t seen my Street Corn Salad Wonton Cups, you need to check those out.
They are a fun way to serve corn at a party and even as a fun side dish at a BBQ.
I’m currently on an empanada kick right now so I just had to try one with some corn salad!
If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious easy Mexican Corn Empanada recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
Mexican Corn Salad
You can buy street corn already made from the store or your favorite restaurant, or you can make it at home! Grab my recipe or just make up your own as you like.
Once the street corn is put together, you can just start chowing down, but I would put some in a separate container and hide it from Brooks so I can make some empanadas with it.
Last week I posted a recipe for Caprese Empanadas where I talked about finding some pre-made empanada dough at the store. I haven’t attempted to make homemade dough yet, but I will. If I am successful I will post a recipe for it, but for now I am all about the shortcuts!
The pre-made dough comes in packages of 10 which are the perfect amount for me to make some empanadas for dinner and have a few leftover for a midnight snack or breakfast the next morning.
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I usually prefer to have my empanadas stuffed with spicy beef and tons of cheese, but every now and then I can use a veggie version. Using the street corn as a filling in the empanadas makes me and my tummy happy for sure!
Adding a few tablespoons to the center of a dough disc, folding it over, and frying them up, is super easy and afterwards you are rewarded with a flaky, golden-brown pastry filled with cheesy corn goodness!
Feel free to oven bake the street corn empanadas, deep fry in some light flavored oil, or air fry like I did. Serve with your favorite salsa and you are in heaven!
Can I make these ahead of time?
You can prepare the empanadas and freeze before cooking or after cooking!
Can I use store-bought corn salad?
Sure you can! I use store-bought empanada dough!
What is that delicious salsa I serve with the empanadas?
Feel free to serve with your favorite salsa, the one in the pictures is a roasted tomatillo and green olive salsa that I love.
For this recipe, I didn’t just use my air fryer, I used my new Mealthy CrispLip which is a top for my electric pressure cooker that turns the pressure cooker into an air fryer!
No need to a completely new appliance to keep on your counter or store in your cabinet. The CrispLid sits right on top of your 6 or 8 quart electric pressure cooker and air fries your delicious recipe.
That is less than other air fryers and you don’t have to worry about finding a place to store a huge appliance and you can broil and air fry all your electric pressure cooker recipes without making any extra dirty dishes. That is a plus for me!
You can see the empanadas here inside my pressure cooker and how crispy and brown they are!
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Easy Street Corn Empanada Recipe
Preheat your air fryer to 325F.
- Add 3 tablespoons of the Street Corn Salad to the center of each empanada dough disc.
- Fold the disc in half.
- Press out any air.
- Press the edges to seal.
- Crimp with a fork or fold over the edges to seal.
- Brush with non-stick spray or an egg wash.
- Air Fry for 20 minutes at 325F.
- Remove when golden brown.
- Let cool for 2-3 minutes.
- Serve with salsa or pico de gallo.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 2 empanadas
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 386Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 745mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 7g
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