Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Empanada- Beef Patty

Now if you remember I did a post about a cupcake with an Empanada on it. Well for those that do not know what they are. They are fried dough with meat inside. The most common would be ground beef. But some people make them with pizza ingredients inside. Or even with some chicken. I prefer just ground beef and cheese. Like a cheeseburger. lol

Items Needed:
1-1/2 pound of ground beef
Seasonings of your choice
Oil to fry in
Dough disc( found in your freezer section of supermarket or Spanish frozen section)
Cheese (optional)

First you want to cook your ground beef in a frying pan on medium. You want to season your ground beef to your liking.
Example: Here you can use the sofrito.

After the meat has been cooked you want to drain all the excess liquid.

Now that the meat is cooked you want to place some meat into a disc.
Note: The packages of disc usually come 10 and they have small and large. I use the small disc. at this point you want to put oil in a frying pan and heat up. You want it nice and hot. But if it takes you longer to get items prepared lower the flame to medium. These items will fry fast and you do not want to burn them.

After you have filled the disc with your fillings. You want to fold over and use a fork to press together. It will end up looking like this. If your disc seems a little dry you want to flip and fork that side also. Some people use egg yoke to put over the seal. This is to make sure that the Empanada does not open up. I personally never use egg.

You will take the folded patty and place in hot oil. You want to make sure and watch because they fry fast. You will need to flip when it is lightly browned. When they are done place them on a paper towel to drain.

Caution: They sometimes keep some oil in themselves and have a tendency to drip out. If eaten right away it is very hot.


Thanks for joining us for another session of Meals with Momma and Jr. Chef


  1. caramel apple empanadas are one of my fave desserts, I am going to have to try this savory version...I have no idea where to get the discs though haha

  2. Yummy yummy yummy! I can continue saying that, I absolutely love these empanadas! Ground beef and cheese, chicken, sometimes even ham and cheese. These are perfect snacks! They'd be perfect with fruits too! There's definitely room for some experimenting here. Thanks for featuring this, bakingmomma!

  3. YAY, I've made these! Actually, I've made these a lot. I have thrown some leftover rice in with the meat but I most of the time its just plain beef. I also stretch my dough out just a bit. Like you I just pinch mine closed with a fork. Works like a charm everytime.

    Hey, have you seen those meat patties that are baked? I think its puff pastry filled with seasoned ground beef and baked? YUM, and I don't even like ground beef.

  4. Oh man, my mouth is watering. I think I'm making that for lunch!!!

  5. those look sooo yummy! Im off to look at the cupcake ones. I love the carmel apple empanadas from taco bell, if you can make those...Ill be at your door tonight :)

  6. Everyone,

    yes they are tasty little treats. Easy to make and the family will enjoy.

    Jarmiane, yes they are so many ways to make this. I am glad you brought up some more examples. So that everyone can see.


    If you make these. Please let me know.

    Queen and Jana,
    I have never had the apple ones. Sounds more like an apple turnover type and I dont like apples cooked. So I would probably not like those. But my husband definitely would.


    I have seen them baked. But they were made the same way. Well the ones that I have seen were. Only difference was that they were baked.

  7. YUMMY! I gave up fried food for 2009, but the first day of 2010 I'm gonna cook these! They look delicious!
    Have a great day!
    -Mini Baker

  8. another good one momma :) I wish I could taste that

  9. Mini Baker,

    I congratulate you for being able to give up fried foods. But when you do try these let me know.

    Sher Amor,

    I know how you feel. I need that machine from Willy Wonka so that i can zap the food to you. 8)


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