The Real Empanadas

Empanadas are a delicious comfort food made of a pastry and a filling. The preparation is not easy and takes some time, but if you are looking to have some fun with your family or friends on your weekend afternoons, this is a good idea!

Ingredients (for 2)

  • 1 cup ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp corn flour
  • 6 tbsp wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp margarine
  • 1/2 can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 red tomato
  • 1 large potato
  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 stalk celery
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp vegetable water
  • 1/3 cup water
  • salt & black pepper



  • In a large bowl, combine wheat flour, corn flour and salt
  • Add a vegetable shortening like margarine and work with your hands for a few seconds
  • Add beaten egg yolk and water, and knead until dough is soft, about 4-5 minutes
  • Flour a surface and knead a little more until firm and smooth (add some more flour if necessary)
  • Cover and let rest 30 minutes
  • In the meantime, prepare the filling: take a skillet, add vegetable oil and place over medium heat
  • Add minced garlic, diced onions and diced celery; sauté for 4-5 minutes or until translucent
  • Stir in the ground beef, increase heat and stir-fry until browned (about 8-10 minutes)
  • Add thinly diced potatoes, paprika, oregano, salt and black pepper, stir and cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Add wine vinegar, sliced chilies and tomato sauce
  • Cover with a lid and cook for 15 minutes more (if the sauce gets too thick, add a little of water)
  • When the filling is ready, reserve in the fridge to chill
  • In the meantime, preheat the oven to 400 °F (200 °C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper
  • Place the chilled dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out very thin (the final result should be no thicker than 1/8 inch)
  • Cut 5 or 6 inch circles from the dough and reserve aside on a surface (you can use a large glass)
  • Spoon some filling in the center of each circle, moisten the edges with some water and fold into a semicircle
  • Pinch the edges and place on the baking sheet
  • Pinch with a fork in the middle and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden
  • Let cool before serving!


Tips from the Chef

  • For the dough you can use margarine, lard, or butter
  • You can brush the empanadas with beaten egg yolks, before baking, for a perfect result!