Empanadas Recipe

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  1. For the empanada dough: Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the lard with a pastry blender or 2 knives until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and then whisk in the stock. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and knead until a dough forms. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, for the empanada filling: In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and garlic salt and cook until the beef is cooked completely. Drain the grease and set the beef aside.
  4. In the same pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the tomato paste, vinegar, cumin, chili powder, oregano, seasoned salt, garlic, bell peppers and onions. Cook until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the beef and let them love each other with fire over low heat for about 5 more minutes. The mixture should be moist but not dripping wet. Now you are ready to fill the empanadas.
  5. Lightly flour a work surface and roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out 4-, 5- or 6-inch rounds, depending on how large you prefer. Add some meat filling to each empanada and fold the dough over in half to enclose the filling. Use a fork to press and seal the edges closed. You can refrigerate the uncooked empanadas for up to 3 hours.
  6. Heat the oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees F. Fry the empanadas until golden brown, 6 to 7 minutes.
  7. For the aioli dip: Mix together the mayonnaise, adobo sauce and lime juice. (The flavor will enhance if it sits in the refrigerator.)
  8. Cook's Note: Goya makes empanada disks, but if you cannot find them or prefer fresh, you can make your own following this recipe.
  9. A viewer or guest of the show, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe and therefore, we cannot make representation as to the results.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 891.26 Kcal (3732 kJ)
Calories from fat 586.65 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 65.18g 100%
Cholesterol 118.21mg 39%
Sodium 953.01mg 40%
Potassium 737.48mg 16%
Total Carbs 57.18g 19%
Sugars 4.36g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3.39g 14%
Protein 23.37g 47%
Vitamin C 42.8mg 71%
Vitamin A 1mg 34%
Iron 20.1mg 112%
Calcium 156.1mg 16%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 271.98 Kcal (1139 kJ)
Calories from fat 179.02 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.89g 100%
Cholesterol 36.07mg 39%
Sodium 290.83mg 40%
Potassium 225.05mg 16%
Total Carbs 17.45g 19%
Sugars 1.33g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1.03g 14%
Protein 7.13g 47%
Vitamin C 13.1mg 71%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 34%
Iron 6.1mg 112%
Calcium 47.6mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 22.6
  • 25

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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