This homemade empanada seasoning is not only used for spicing up Argentine meat empanada filling but many other dishes that need a flavour and spicy boost.

It is surprising how many store-bought seasonings have wheat flour added to bulk up the mixture and keep it dry. Making your own blend is easy, cheaper and gluten-free safe.

a stack of gluten-free empanadas on a platter with one cut in half to show the filling
a lazy susan showing all the different small bowls of spices needed to make the homemade empanada seasoning

Homade Gluten-Free Empanada Seasoning

by Sandra, Fun Without Gluten
This authentic empanada seasoning is guaranteed to add a kick to your meat empanada filling. If you like it spicy, add some extra chilli flakes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Seasonings
Cuisine Argentina
Servings 200 ml


  • Sterilised glass jar


  • 3 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 2 tbsp  dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp Ají (cayenne pepper flakes) or chilli flakes
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • ½ tbsp black pepper


  • In a medium bowl, mix all the dried herbs, spices and salt together using a whisk.
    a bowl of mixed cajun seasoning
  • Transfer the empanada seasoning to a sterilised glass jar.


  • Keeps for 6 months in a glass jar away from direct sunlight
Add this seasoning to other dishes besides meat empanadas:
  • Chilli con Carne 
  • Bolognaise sauce. 
  • BBQ chicken or steaks
Keyword gluten-free argentina, gluten-free seasonings
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