Thalia's Fiesta Empanadas (Patelitos) Recipe

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  1. In a large skillet over a low flame, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onion, garlic, potato, and red pepper and saute. Add the meat, sofrito, and tomato paste. Break up the meat thoroughly with a wooden spoon or spatula. Cook until the mixture is fully cooked, about 30 minutes, then stir in the cilantro.
  2. Drain excess liquid and transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl. Add the pineapple and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  3. Frying Fiesta Empanadas:
  4. In a large skillet heat the canola oil over medium heat.
  5. If using small empanada shells put 2 heaping tablespoons (3 tablespoons for the larger shells) of the mixture into the center. Fold the dough over and seal it using a fork to crimp the edges. Repeat this process for all of the empanadas and set them aside without letting them touch each another.
  6. The oil will sizzle when you test it by dipping a corner of a completed empanada in it.
  7. Working in batches, fry the empanadas for approximately 3 minutes on each side. Don't crowd the pan. Make sure your empanadas are not touching each other while frying. When golden brown on both sides transfer them to paper towels to drain. Arrange them on a serving platter, let cool slightly and serve.
  8. Cook's Note: Some people like them served plain (like me I love to savor the flavors). Others prefer ketchup, hot sauce, or a cilantro olive oil sauce alongside their empanada.
  9. Buen Provecho!!!
  10. A viewer, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs cannot make representation as to the results.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1625.76 Kcal (6807 kJ)
Calories from fat 1407.41 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 156.38g 241%
Cholesterol 72.12mg 24%
Sodium 634.31mg 26%
Potassium 550.57mg 12%
Total Carbs 34.02g 11%
Sugars 5.91g 24%
Dietary Fiber 2.84g 11%
Protein 25.79g 52%
Vitamin C 8.3mg 14%
Iron 4mg 22%
Calcium 38mg 4%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 489.56 Kcal (2050 kJ)
Calories from fat 423.81 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47.09g 241%
Cholesterol 21.72mg 24%
Sodium 191.01mg 26%
Potassium 165.79mg 12%
Total Carbs 10.25g 11%
Sugars 1.78g 24%
Dietary Fiber 0.86g 11%
Protein 7.76g 52%
Vitamin C 2.5mg 14%
Iron 1.2mg 22%
Calcium 11.5mg 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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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 45
  • 46

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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