Air-Fried Sausage and Pear Empanadas

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Made with pear, spicy sausage, sage, and mozzarella cheese, these savory empanadas combine spicy, sweet, and smoky flavors. You’ll love their complex and addicting taste. 

Snackable, dippable, and irresistible, empanadas are a fried delight. These empanadas are lighter than most because they are air-fried using just a light amount of non-stick cooking spray.  

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Empanadas are enjoyed in many forms around the world, but their origins can be traced to Spain’s Galicia region. Today, empanadas are a cultural staple in Sicily, Indonesia, the Philippines, and across South America. Argentina in particular is known for its varied takes on the empanada. Each region has its own unique version of an empanada. 

Air-Fried Sausage and Pear Empanadas

There’s no wrong way to make an empanada but it would be wrong not to give these a try!

5 from 1 vote

Sausage and Pear Empanadas

Made with pear, spicy sausage, sage, and mozzarella cheese, these savory empanadas combine spicy, sweet, and smoky flavors. You’ll love their complex and addicting taste. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time18 minutes
Servings8 servings


  • 3-4 green or red Anjou USA Pears finely diced
  • 1 package pie crusts
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 16 oz spicy ground sausage
  • 1/2 cup onions finely diced
  • 1 tbsp sage
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  • non-stick spray


  • Melt 2 Tbsp of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook until browned (breaking up meat with a wooden spoon). Add chopped onion and cook stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and translucent (about 3-4 minutes). Add sage and diced pears; cook, string occasionally for 2 more minutes.
  • Unroll each room temperature pie crust and using a 4.5 inch biscuit/cookie cutter cut out 4 holes in each pie crust. Moisten the outside edge of each circle with water.
  • Place 1 ½ tablespoons of pear-sausage filling in the center of each circle. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Fold the circles in half and press the two seams together using your fingers. Use a fork to seal the edges. Use a sharp knife to score the top of the crust three times.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water. Brush onto empanadas.
  • Preheat the air-fryer at 325°F.
  • Spray air fryer basket with nonstick spray. Add as many empanadas as will fit in a single layer. Air fry for approximately 8 minutes. Repeat with the remaining empanadas.



Calories: 914kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 77g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 34g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 1829mg | Potassium: 696mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 244IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 204mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American, Kid-Friendly
Calories: 914
Keyword: empanadas, pear, sausage
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Air-Fried Sausage and Pear Empanadas

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Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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