Beef filled Empanadas
Recipe type: Appetizers
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Serves: 8
  • 1 lb ground chuck, cooked, strained of fat
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt, to taste
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • Empanada dough
  • 5 cups canola oil
  • Cilantro chutney, optional
  1. Begin by making your filling. Begin browning the minced meat. Start breaking it up as it is cooking. When it is done browning, remove a majority of the grease. You want about a tablespoon reserved, but no big deal if you don’t. Add in the onion and garlic. Stir. Season with salt, pepper, and cinnamon. Stir in the tomatoes, cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it come to room temperature. You can do this ahead of time as well.
  2. Heat a pot full of oil on medium heat. You will want the oil to come up to about 350-360 degrees. During this time, let’s make the empanada.
  3. Take an empanada disc and fill with about ½ cup of the meat mixture. Fold over the disc, and pinch the dough, edge to edge with a fork. Adjust the meat filling (or filling for that matter) to meat the size of your empanada dough. You do not want to over stuff, and you want to ensure you have a good seal. Repeat. I made about 8 empanadas, as I wanted to use up my meat mixture, and more importantly wanted to see how these empanada discs would turn out.
  4. Once the oil comes to temperature, slip an empanada into the oil, repeat with a couple of more as you do not want to overcrowd, and cook until golden in color. This does not take long, only a couple of minutes. Once they come to the desired golden color, remove them with a slotted spoon, strain any oil, and place onto a wired rim baking sheet. Season with any salt if desired.
  5. Repeat with remaining empanadas. Once cooked, it is time to dig in. Serve on a platter and enjoy. The dough of these empanadas was awesome.
Recipe by Simple Comfort Food at