In Colombia, each region has its own staple of empanada, with different doughs, and fillings. This empanada recipe, is my “ideal” empanada. The region where I grew up has a very famous empanada shop called Rosmy Empanadas. They make a similar dough as shown below but fried. This weekend I was feeling like being away from the fryer, and I baked them instead and it turned out great.
The filling is ground beef with a bunch of spices. It is easy to make and with a lot of South American flavors. I had a great time making these empanadas and the results were fantastic. I hope you enjoy the process as well.
1/2 lb Ground Beef
3 Tbsp alinos (I recommend this recipe – https://www.mycolombianrecipes.com/seasoning-paste-alinos )
1 Tsp cumin
1 Tsp Paprika
1/2 cup diced tomatoes (Garlic, Basil, and Oregano Seasoning)
1 Tsp (1/2 packet) Sazon Goya
Salt and Pepper to Taste
3 Cups all-purpose
1/4 tsp salt
6 oz (1 1/2 Sticks) Butter
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup (enough to have a soft and smooth dough)
- On medium heat brown the beef,
- Once the beef is browned add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Let the mixture cook for a few more minutes.
- Place the beef mixture in a bowl to cool.
- While the beef is cool prepare the empanada dough,
- Soften the butter and then mix with flour.
- In the flour incorporate all ingredient starting with only a 1/4 cup of water
- If the dough is still crumbly, add more water (a tbsp at a time) until soft and smooth.
- Once the dough is formed and smooth, lay down some flour and roll out to 1/8 inch thick.
- Now cut out a circle using a circle cutter, or empanada mold.
- For adding the filling and closing the empanadas you can get creative, but a good video of this is – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPHe-xWEdjE . If you don’t want to watch the whole thing start at the 8:40-minute mark.