Homemade Empanadas

How to Make Empanadas – Video

How to make Empanadas – Part of being a professional eater is going to restaurants, having a delicious meal, and then trying to recreate it at home. That is what I did here. We recreate two types of empanadas from the Crossroads Collective’s Triciclo Peru in Milwaukee.

Homemade Empanadas

I love their Sweet Potato empanadas. I made a version of their Sweet Potato empanada, as well as a beef empanada. Once you get the crust taken care of, you have a blank canvas to add whatever flavors you like.

Sweet Potato Empanada Filling
Sweet Potato Empanada Filling
Empanada Meat Filling
Empanada Meat Filling

Use Pre Made Pie Crust Dough for Empanadas

I take some shortcuts and make these empanadas with premade pie crust dough. This premade pie crust tasted just fine. You can’t argue with flavor! I would recommend using store-bought dough (Pie Crust) when making empanadas. This is “Cooking Secrets for Men”, not a baking channel.

Cutting the dough
Cutting the dough

This step saves a lot of time in the kitchen. You only have to cut out the crusts and you are ready to cook! Traditional empanada dough is much less flaky than pie crust. However, it can be pretty difficult to get just right. There is a specific tenderness that soaks up the filling without becoming soggy in the process, and that’s very hard to duplicate.

Filling the Empanadas
Filling the Empanadas
Egg Wash for Empanadas
Egg Wash for Empanadas

You can easily use pie crust and find them at your local supermarket. They might not have a fully authentic flare, but it’ll save you the extra struggle of making them at home.

Homemade Empanadas

How to Make Empanadas

This Easy Empanada Recipe uses pre-made pie crust to create a great meal. We make two types of empanadas – a more traditional beef empanada and a sweet potato empanada.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican, TexMex
Keyword: Empanada
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 284kcal

Equipment

  • No special equipment needed

Ingredients

Beef Empanada Ingredients

  • 1 package of pre-made pie crust
  • 1/2 lb of ground beef
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 medium diced bell pepper any color
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 cup Mexican blended cheese
  • 1 egg beaten for egg wash

Sweet Potato Empanadas Ingredients

  • ½ of a sweet potato cut into small cubes
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • Blanched collard greens leafs or similar leafy green veggie
  • 1 cup shredded Gouda cheese
  • 1 egg beaten for the egg wash

Yellow Pepper Sauce

  • ¼ cup Mayo
  • ¼ cup Sour Cream
  • 2 tbsp Yellow Pepper paste or similar hot sauce
  • 1 tsp Minced garlic
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

Beef Empanadas

  • Preheat oven to 375*
  • Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large skillet cook ground beef, onions and bell pepper until beef is cooked through
  • Drain any excess fat.
  • Add cumin, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili powder to beef mixture and cook for 2 minutes
  • Remove from hot burner
  • Let mixture cool before filling the empanadas
  • Roll out pie crust
  • Using a 4” bowl trace circles onto the pie crust with a paring knife.
  • With leftover pie crust, mix together and roll out and continue cutting circles, until all dough is used.
  • Lay a pie crust circle down on the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Add 2 – 3 tbsp of filling to each crust circle.
  • Top with 1 tsp of Mexican/Taco/Southwest cheese.
  • Fold pie crust circle in half, keeping the filling inside, and press edges down with a fork.
  • Beat egg in a small bowl and brush on top of each empanada.
  • Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until tops are golden.
  • Remove from oven and serve with your favorite dipping sauces, salsas and/or guacamole.

Sweet Potato Empanadas

  • Preheat oven to 375*F
  • Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Prepare sweet potato. Peel and cut into small cubes
  • Steam the sweet potato (or microwave) until soft.
  • Melt butter in a sauté pan
  • Add onions and cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Add parmesan cheese and garlic. Sauté 1 more minute
  • Let mixture cool before filling the empanadas
  • Add 2 – 3 tbsp of filling to each crust circle & top with 1 tsp of Gouda Cheese
  • Fold pie crust circle in half, keeping the filling inside, and press edges down with a fork.
  • Beat egg in a small bowl and brush on top of each empanada.
  • Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until tops are golden.
  • Remove from oven and serve with your favorite dipping sauces, salsas and/or guacamole.

Yellow Pepper Sauce

  • Combine all sauce ingredients and whisk together
  • Adjust for heat and taste

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 1Empanada | Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2878IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 3mg
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