Whether making them tonight, or preparing for a future fiesta, empanadas can be made ahead of time. Baked empanadas can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Simply reheat them in the microwave or toaster oven when you are ready to eat.
To freeze, lay the unbaked empanadas on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Note: make sure to keep space between them, or else the empanadas will freeze together. After the empanadas are solid, transfer them into a freezer-friendly bag. Frozen empanadas will last up to three months and can be baked straight from the freezer, just add a few minutes to the cooking time.
Fully cooked empanadas can also be frozen, but note that the crust will lose a bit of its tender, flaky texture. Baked empanadas freeze best when they are wrapped individually in plastic wrap, which will help prevent freezer burn. When it’s time to eat them, warm up the empanadas in a toaster oven, or reheat them for a few minutes in the microwave.