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Chorizo and Refried Bean Empanadas

Blogger Yvette Marquez of Muy Bueno bakes up a batch of savory Mexican hand pies, filled with beans and spicy chorizo. An ideal recipe for making ahead and freezing!

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  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 50 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

Dough

1 1/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons sugar
1/8
teaspoon salt
1/2
cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
1
egg, slightly beaten

Filling

10
oz Mexican pork chorizo sausage, casings removed
4
cups cooked frijoles de la olla or 2 cans (15 oz each) pinto beans, undrained

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Directions

  • 1 To make dough, in medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar and salt. Using fingers, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Add egg; stir until dough comes together.
  • 2 Place dough on work surface; shape dough into thick disk. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.
  • 3 While dough is chilling, in 10-inch skillet, cook and mash chorizo over low heat 6 to 8 minutes or until it begins to brown. Add frijoles de la olla with the liquid; cook over medium heat. While beans are boiling, mash with potato masher. Continue to cook until beans form a thick paste, about 10 minutes.
  • 4 To assemble and bake empanadas, heat oven to 350°F. On lightly floured work surface, roll out chilled dough with rolling pin until about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out disks with bowl or cookie cutter 3 to 4 inches round.
  • 5 Place 2 tablespoons bean mixture on 1 half of 1 dough disk. Fold dough over to cover filling; seal edge by pressing down with fork. (This also makes for a pretty pattern when baked.) Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Pierce top of each empanada with fork to allow steam to escape during baking. (See Tip about freezing unbaked empanadas.)
  • 6 Spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray. Arrange fresh or frozen empanadas on cookie sheet.
  • 7 Bake on middle rack in oven 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. If after 15 minutes, bottoms of empanadas are starting to brown, move cookie sheet to top oven rack and continue to bake for last 5 minutes.
  • 8 Serve empanadas warm or at room temperature. Refrigerate any leftover baked empanadas for a few days; reheat in a toaster oven or bake at 350°F for 8 minutes.

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