How to make it

  • Cut each egg crosswise into 10 thin slices.
  • Cook onion in olive oil in a heavy medium skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until softened. Add garlic, cumin, and oregano and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in beef and cook, breaking up lumps with a fork, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes.
  • Add raisins, olives, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and tomatoes with reserved juice, then cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced but mixture is still moist, about 5 minutes. Spread on a plate to cool.
  • Preheat oven to 200°F with rack in middle.
  • Lay a large sheet of plastic wrap on a dampened work surface (to help keep plastic in place), then roll out an empanada disk on plastic wrap to measure about 6 inches. Place 3 tablespoons meat mixture on disk and top with 2 slices of egg. Moisten edges of disk with water and fold over to form a semicircle, then crimp with a fork. Make more empanadas in same manner.
  • Heat 3/4 inch vegetable oil in a deep 12-inch skillet over medium heat until it registers 360°F on thermometer. Fry empanadas, 2 or 3 at a time, turning once, until crisp and golden, 4 to 6 minutes per batch.
  • Transfer to a shallow baking pan and keep warm in oven. Return oil to 360°F between batches.
  • Cooks' note: Empanadas can be brushed with oil and baked on an oiled baking sheet in a 425°F oven until golden, about 10 minutes. (They will not be as crisp as fried empanadas.)

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  • grayc 6 years ago
    love love love love love <3
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  • dandelion 6 years ago
    This is an very authentic recipe the only thing that I also add is sofrito. THX for posting I always like to try new/old favorites.
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  • darbar 9 years ago
    Hey Goblue, I think the ones that I buy are from wheat flour. I never really paid attention, but they look like wheat flour.
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  • goblue434 9 years ago
    Darbar, Are the discs you use from corn or wheat flour? When I make empanadas, I make them from corn flour
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  • chihuahua 9 years ago
    As a child I lived in Santiago, Chile for a couple of years. My Step-grandmother made empanadas all the time. I LOVED them and always looked forward to eating them. I have been searching for a recipe I could make. Thank you.
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  • debra47 9 years ago
    Great recipe! Loved empanadas when I lived in Spain but have never made them. They can go on the list of other items that I want to make for the first time which include biscotti, homemade pie crust and homemade pasta.
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  • zena824 9 years ago
    I know I would love this....kinda reminds me of the jamician meat pies...
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  • darbar 9 years ago
    I got the frozen empanada disks at the Mexican grocery store. Sorry, I should've mentioned that.
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  • sunny 9 years ago
    Hey Dario - that's a good question are the frozen empanada disks hard to find - I've never seen them before.
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  • krumkake 9 years ago
    darbar, do you find the frozen empanada disks around here? I've never noticed them when I'm cruising the freezer aislt - or do you go to a Mexican grocery store? Would love to try these...
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  • grizzlybear 9 years ago
    defently will try these ....I gonna use buffalo..I bet they are great......thanks for posting
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