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Potato And Beef Empanadas

potato and beef empanadas Appetizer Spanish
Potato And Beef Empanadas
  • Prep 55 min
  • Total 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 26

Our organic all-purpose flour can do more than sweets. Try it out on these savory beef and potato pastries with a little jalapeño kick. MORE+ LESS-

February 1, 2018



cups Immaculate Baking Co.™ organic all-purpose flour
teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2
teaspoons sea salt
1 1/2
cups cold butter, cut into pieces
1 1/4
cups cold buttermilk


lb ground beef
cups cubed (1/2-inch) peeled potato (1 large)
cup chopped onion
teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 1/2
tablespoons finely chopped jalapeño chile, seeded
can (10 oz) diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
teaspoon red pepper flakes
teaspoon sea salt
cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 oz)
egg, slightly beaten


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  • 1
    In large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Cut in butter, using pastry blender or fork, until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk until dough comes together.
  • 2
    Knead dough 10 to 20 times or until smooth. Divide dough in half; shape into flattened rounds. Wrap each flattened round in plastic wrap, and refrigerate about 45 minutes or until dough is firm and cold yet pliable.
  • 3
    Heat nonstick 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat; add beef, potato, onion, garlic and jalapeño, stirring to break up beef. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is thoroughly cooked and potatoes are tender when pierced with tip of a knife. Remove from heat; drain, and pour beef mixture into ungreased 2-quart baking dish or shallow pan with sides. Stir in tomatoes, pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon salt. Refrigerate uncovered 10 minutes to cool.
  • 4
    Heat oven to 400°F. Using floured rolling pin on work surface sprinkled lightly with flour, roll one round of chilled pastry 1/8-inch thick. Using 5-inch round cutter, cut out circles. Refrigerate any leftover dough scraps to use for later rolling.
  • 5
    On center of each dough circle, place 2 tablespoons cooled beef filling. Top with 1 teaspoon cheese. Brush egg all around edge of circle.
  • 6
    Fold dough in half over filling, gently stretching dough to cover filling. Press to seal edges of empanada with fork. Place on cooking parchment paper-lined large cookie sheet. Brush top of empanada with egg.
  • 7
    Bake 22 to 26 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack.
  • 8
    Meanwhile, repeat steps on assembling and baking empanadas with second half of refrigerated dough and refrigerated leftover dough.

Expert Tips

  • Empanadas are Spanish turnovers. Usually an individual serving with a savory filling, they can also have fruit fillings and be large enough to serve a family or be small appetizer pastries.
  • Keeping the dough cold and working with one piece of dough at a time makes rolling easier.
  • Keep empanadas in refrigerator while waiting to bake so dough keeps its flaky texture.
  • Make ahead and freeze empanadas for baking later — freeze in airtight container in a single layer with waxed paper in between. Bake as directed, increasing bake time 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown.

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