Empanada with tuna, tomato and oregano

Empanada de atun 2
Empanada with tuna, tomato and oregano
Empanada de atun 2 scaled
"Empanada de atún" is a typical Spanish dish. A savory pastry with a crispy crust and a tomato and tuna filling…
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Tapas, Side dish, Starter
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 12 pastries


  • oven


  • 12 sheets of dough  Ø15 cm ready for patties
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green pointed pepper
  • ¾ red belly pepper
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 200 gr tuna canned
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tbl spoon tomato paste
  • 1 tbl spoon olive oil
  • 1 t spoon sweet paprika powder
  • ½ t spoon spicy paprika powder
  • 2 t spoon oregano dried
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg yolk


  • Preheat the oven to 180º.
    Rinse the vegetables.
    Cut the onion, green and red pepper into small fine pieces. Grate the garlic clove. Remove the juice and seeds from the tomatoes so that you only have the flesh left and cut this into small pieces as well.
  • Put the oil in a casserole and fry the onion for 2 minutes. Then add the pepper pieces and sauté for another 3 minutes. Finally, add the garlic and tomatoes. Put the lid on the pan and let it cook for 5 minutes on a low heat.
  • Now mix in the tomato paste, tuna, sweet and spicy paprika powder and the oregano. Mix well. Season with a little salt if desired. NB! The filling should be consistent and not watery!
  • Take a round sheet of dough Ø15 cm and spoon a spoonful of the filling in the middle. Fold the sheet closed to form a semicircle. Press the edges well and if necessary you can press the seams with the tines of a fork.
  • Mix the egg yolk with 2 teaspoons of water. Use a brush to brush the patties with the egg yolk. Place them on a baking paper on the baking tray and put them in the oven at 180º for 20 minutes. Serve warm or lukewarm.


Savory pasties with a tuna and tomato filling. Here in southern Spain we call them “Empanadas de atún”. You can find them almost everywhere: the supermarkets, the bakery,… and in all kinds of shapes and sizes. There are even “family” sized ones, the size of full baking sheets. Here I make them in individual portions. You can also make the dough yourself, but I too am sometimes short on time and then the ready-made dough sheets are a gift.
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Keyword empanada de atún, filled pastries, tuna pastries, spanish pastries, empanada de tuna
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