I have no idea where I found this recipe. I have changed it slightly over the years but it’s hand written on a piece of note paper, covered with water and grease stains and that’s about as much info as I have. I have tried to find it on the internet several times and I get close but none that are just like this one. Hopefully one day I will find it so I can give credit where it’s due!
Filling (makes about 15 empanadas. FYI the premade dough usually comes 10/pack so you will need 2):
- 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
- 1 small onion, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup dark raisins
- 5-8 Roma tomatoes (depending on size), seeded and roughly chopped
- 2 serrano chiles, seeded and roughly chopped (you can add these raw at the end if you want to make some heat free for kids)
- juice of 2 limes (roughly 4 tbsp)
- handful of cilantro, large stems removed
- 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
First I want to disclose that these aren’t particularly quick BUT fairly easy and while the crust is not particularly healthy, (I tried to make a healthier one but failed miserably and tossed it) they ARE AWESOME. They can be made in advance and cooked later. You can use homemade dough (basically flour, egg, a stick of butter, salt & milk or water) or store bought empanada dics if you live in a town where you are lucky enough to have Latin grocery stores. If you are really lucky your regular grocery store carries them in the freezer section. I was very thankful to find ONE Latin grocery store after my failed attempt at healthier dough and drove almost 20 minutes to buy Goya frozen empanada discs so I didn’t have to bail on my entire mission for tonight. One added bonus is that they also had plantain chips, which I am addicted to so that was FANTASTIC. The boy child even tried these and liked them! I know, I was shocked too. I did have to bribe him with a chocolate chip but whatever.