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Beef Empanadas From Scratch (authentic)

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Beef Empanadas from scratch (Authentic)
2010-10-18 Other
4.7 3

This Mexican dish encloses beef, raisins and spices in a pastry dough and is fried until crispy.

  • Servings: 20 to 24 Empanadas
  • Prep Time: 2 hours & 10 minutes (mostly waiting)
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours & 20 minutes


3 Cups
All Purpose Flour
Baking Powder
¾ Teaspoon
½ Cup
½-⅔ Cup
Ice Water
Oil, for frying
1 Medium
Onion, minced
Olive or Vegetable Oil
2 Cups
Shredded Boiled Beef (or Browned Ground Beef)
1 Large
Potato, cooked and diced
½ Cup
Raisins, chopped
Ground Cumin
Salt To Taste
½ cup Herb or Wine Vinegar, sherry, wine or water


Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the shortening with a pastry cutter or fingers till it resembles crumbs. Add enough ICE WATER to make the dough stick together. Like biscuits, do NOT overwork the dough. Place dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill for handling . Thinly roll out dough to about 1/8 inch on a floured surface. Cut into four inch rounds. Set aside or make the filling first if you wish.

Sauté onion in oil till softened. Add meat, potato, raisins, seasonings, and salt to taste. Stir and cook to heat through. Pour in the liquid. Place a small amount of filling on one side of each round. Fold over the other half and seal by using a fork Dipped in cold water. Press the edges together with the fork.

Allow the pastries to sit for 30 minutes on one side , then turn over and let sit for 30 minutes on the other side to dry and seal edges. Fry in a 1/2 inch or so of hot oil until golden brown on each side.

Serve hot or cold.