Pastelitos De Carne (Central American Meat Pies) Recipe

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  1. On medium high in a large pan, cook the ground beef and drain extra fat. To the cooked beef, add in the rice, cilantro and salt to taste. Cook for about 2 more minutes to heat thru. Set aside and let cool for about 7-10 minute.
  2. Meanwhile, In a large bowl, mix the masa harina, paprika, chicken bullion and pepper.
  3. Using a Pastry blender or fork, cut the lard into the masa mix until the masa is crumbly and the lard is pea size or smaller.
  4. Add the warm water, 1 cup at a time, to the masa and using your hands, mix well until the water is fully incorperated. The masa should not be sticky or dry. If it is sticky add a little bit more masa (1 tspn at a time) or if it is dry add water (1 tbspn at a time).
  5. Rub a little bit of cooking oil into your hands to make the following step easier. Take out about 2 table spoons of masa and roll into a ball. Using a tortilla press or a rolling pin, make the ball into the size of tortilla but be careful not to roll out to thin. The thickness has to be twice as thick as a tortilla or about the thickness of a pita bread. If it is too thin, the pies will not hold when you stuff them.
  6. Heat your deep fry oil on a large frying pan on medium high heat (almost high heat).
  7. Place rolled out dough on a flate surface and add about 2 tablespoons of the beef mixture in the middle. Close in half (creating the shape of a meat pie or half moon). Seal in edges with your fingers and creat small indintations with the end of a fork all around the edge of the pie.
  8. Before frying, test oil readiness by dropping a small piece dough into the oil. If it automatically sizzles and floats to the top, it is ready. Carefully slide in meat pies into the hot oil and cook about 3-4 minutes per side or until deep golden brown.
  9. Drain very well on paper towels. You can also slightly press a paper towel against the fried pies to remove excess oil. You can serve whole over a bed of shredded green cabbage or cut in half and serve Sarita's All purpose Tomato Sauce on the side.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 699.95 Kcal (2931 kJ)
Calories from fat 594.69 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 66.08g 102%
Cholesterol 43.19mg 14%
Sodium 509.92mg 21%
Potassium 260.09mg 6%
Total Carbs 14.33g 5%
Sugars 0.27g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2.02g 8%
Protein 14.85g 30%
Iron 1.5mg 9%
Calcium 40.7mg 4%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 304.31 Kcal (1274 kJ)
Calories from fat 258.55 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28.73g 102%
Cholesterol 18.78mg 14%
Sodium 221.69mg 21%
Potassium 113.08mg 6%
Total Carbs 6.23g 5%
Sugars 0.12g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.88g 8%
Protein 6.46g 30%
Iron 0.7mg 9%
Calcium 17.7mg 4%

* 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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Weightwatchers Points

  • 19.1
  • 20

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol,
  • sugar free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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