Beef empanadas | RecipeTin Eats


There’s nothing like a sizzling, recent empanada straight out of the oven! And this recipe is all the pieces you dream an empanada to be: golden, buttery, flaky pastry that’s crispy throughout. Inside, a juicy beef filling with an additional flavour punch from chorizo, plus the standard little bits of chopped egg and olives.

A worthy addition to the RecipeTin cult-classic assortment!

Tray of freshly baked Beef empanadas
Dipping Beef empanada in sauce

Empanadas recipe

Nice empanadas are arduous to come back by right here in Sydney. They need to be sizzling and crunchy on the surface, with juicy flavourful fillings on the within.

However all too typically the pastry is dry and missing within the signature crispiness, and the filling is dry and bland. Why-oh-why are so many empanada fillings so dry?? To guard the crispy pastry, I suppose. However a dry filling is a excessive worth to pay!

So, that ranting introduction is an efficient foray into what to anticipate from my empanadas!

Empanadas 101: These scrumptious handheld pies are pastries full of quite a lot of savoury fillings together with beef, rooster, pork, cheese and greens. There’s additionally candy variations too! Native to South America, virtually each nation in Latin America has their very own model. Relying the place you might be, typical fillings fluctuate and empanadas will be baked or deep fried.

Close up of inside of Beef empanadas
Proof of juicy filling in these empanadas!

Empanada elements

The next sections step via tips on how to make empanadas, as follows:

  1. Empanada filling – Nothing tough right here, it’s like making bolognese!

  2. Empanada dough – Made in a meals processor for comfort, or hand should you desire. You’ll love how straightforward this dough is to work with.

  3. Wrapping the empanadas – Lifeless straightforward, as a result of the pleats are 100% elective!

  4. Baking – Simply 20 minutes within the oven.

Empanada Filling

Begin with the filling first as a result of the empanada dough will be made within the time it takes to completely cool the filling.

Beef empanadas filling
Chorizo beef empanada filling

Empanada filling substances

Empanadas include all types of fillings. Immediately, I’m sharing a beef one. It will get a punch of flavour from chorizo and spices.

Ingredients in Beef empanadas
  • Beef – Simply atypical beef mince / floor beef.

  • Chorizo – The above talked about flavour punch! We blitz it up right into a paste utilizing a stick blender for max impact. LOVE the way it blends seamlessly into the meat!

  • Potato cubes – A conventional inclusion in empanada filling. Starchy potatoes work greatest as a result of they’re fluffier when cooked however any potato actually will work simply effective.

  • Herb and spices – Contemporary thyme, cayenne, oregano, paprika and cumin. I’m a little bit extra heavy handed on the spices than most recipes as a result of I like a punchier flavoured filling. No person has ever accused me of bland meals! 😂

  • Tomato paste – For flavour.

  • Tomato passata (puree) – Pureed, strained plain tomato, broadly obtainable as of late in Australia within the pasta and canned tomato aisle. See right here for extra data.

    Some will argue that passata just isn’t strictly conventional however I add it as a result of it retains the filling good and juicy. Dry filling is a gripe I’ve with empanadas I’ve tried in my time! Water makes the filling watery which makes the pastry soggy.

  • Hen inventory/broth – For simmering, to offer a little bit liquid so the potato cooks.

  • Garlic and onion – Aromatics for flavour base.

  • Inexperienced onion – For freshness and interesting inexperienced bits.

How you can make the empanada filling

Actually, it’s no completely different to creating bolognese – besides it’s much less saucy and it has punchier flavours! 😎

  1. Chorizo blitz – Use a stick blender to blitz the chorizo right into a paste. It actually doesn’t take lengthy should you chop the chorizo beforehand, simply 10 seconds or so. Don’t skip this step! Most flavour launch and I really like the way it simply seamlessly mixes in with the meat.

  2. Prepare dinner like bolognese! Begin with onion and garlic, then chorizo to get the tasty crimson oil out and make it good and golden. Then prepare dinner the meat, breaking it up as you go. Prepare dinner off the tomato paste for 1 minute to caramelise it a bit which releases extra flavour. Then add all the pieces else, stir, and simmer for quarter-hour.

  3. Purpose: juicy however not watery – We would like the combination to be juicy (as a result of no person likes a dry empanada filling!) however not watery (as a result of no person likes soggy pastry!). Additionally by this time the potato needs to be cooked via.

  4. Cool filling utterly earlier than utilizing, at the very least 2 hours. Scorching filling = melts butter in pastry = much less flaky. Plus additionally it’s going to “steam” contained in the pastry and make it soggy.

    Purpose filling texture – Cool/chilly however spreadable. Should you refrigerate in a single day (as much as 3 days!) it’s going to grow to be a stable block which is not possible to wrap neatly. Let it come to room temp or microwave in bursts, stirring in between, till it turns into spreadable.

Filling add-ins

This recipe relies on Argentinian-style empanadas, so we additionally embody the standard chopped up olives and arduous boiled egg. These additions add curiosity and make them correct South American-style empanadas, so don’t skip them! They don’t seem to be combined into the filling however sprinkled on high simply earlier than wrapping.

Ingredients in Beef empanadas

Empanada dough

Empanada dough is a sort of shortcrust pastry. It’s buttery and flaky, just like the pastry used for pies like pumpkin pie, apple pie and many others, however it’s not candy.

You’ll love the way it’s really easy to work with. It’s simpler to work with than retailer purchased puff pastry!

Substances in Empanada dough

Right here’s what you have to make empanada dough.

Ingredients in Beef empanadas
  • Flour – Simply plain / all function flour.

  • Butter – chilly, reduce into cubes so it’s straightforward to blitz into effective crumbs within the flour. Tiny little bits of butter all through the pastry is what makes it superbly flaky!

  • Egg – Eggs are usually not often included in conventional shortcrust pastry. It makes the dough barely much less crumbly – deliberately, as a result of these are hand-held pies. It additionally has the added bonus that it’s simpler to work with because it makes the dough extra pliable and fewer liable to breaking.

  • Heat milk – Much like egg, this isn’t in conventional pastry however makes the pastry barely much less brittle than the pastry on common pies which is what we would like for hand-held empanadas. The milk is heat so it blends into the pastry extra simply however as a result of we solely use a bit, it’s not sufficient to soften the butter.

How you can make Empanada dough

Whereas it may be made by hand, I choose to make use of a meals processor for ease and pace, in addition to to keep away from the issue of my sizzling little fingers melting the butter as I work the dough. (As famous above, little butter bits = flaky pastry!).

How to make empanada pastry
  1. Blitz – Pulse flour, salt and butter till the butter turns into crumbs, often round 4 to six pulses. The biggest bits needs to be no greater than peas. Whisk the egg and milk collectively, pour that in then blitz on low pace till the dough comes collectively – about 10 to fifteen seconds.

    Blade – Use a dough blade should you’ve received one however as you’ll see within the video, I at all times overlook to change it from my customary sharp “S” blade and it really works simply effective!

  2. Dough – That is what the dough seems like within the meals processor. Kneaded and able to go!

  3. Deliver collectively – Flip the dough out onto a piece floor then knead it simply to convey collectively right into a clean ball.

  4. Refrigerate half-hour – Divide the dough into two items then form into 2cm / 0.8″ thick discs. Wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for half-hour.

    It could possibly keep within the fridge for as much as 2 days however will grow to be rock arduous. Take it out round half-hour prior earlier than rolling out.

Hand kneading methodology

Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Rub chilly butter in with fingertips till effective crumbs kind. Combine in whisked milk and egg utilizing the deal with of a picket spoon. End up onto flippantly floured work floor and knead for five minutes or till it turns into a clean ball, as pictured and per video.

How to make empanada pastry
  1. Roll out to three mm / 0.1″ thickness. Work with one disc at a time.

  2. Lower 15 cm /6″ rounds (I take advantage of a bowl). It is a pretty common conventional empanada measurement – bigger than you suppose! Nonetheless, be happy to make them smaller if desired.

  3. Hold chopping – Collect dough scraps right into a ball, then repeat to roll out dough and reduce rounds. Hold reduce rounds coated within the fridge, stacked on paper, as you proceed to roll and reduce. You must get 10 or 11 rounds.

  4. Dough thickness – 3 mm / 0.1″ thickness is the goal thickness. Too skinny = filling can break pastry and more durable to do pleats. Too thick = quite a lot of pastry with every chew and more durable to do pleats.

    You’ll additionally discover that the dough is straightforward to work with, not liable to breaking like different doughs.

OK! Pastry performed. Let’s wrap some empanadas!

Wrapping Beef empanadas
Wrapped empanadas able to bake

Wrapping empanadas – (will be) straightforward!

The one a part of wrapping empanadas that takes observe is the pleating which is elective! For a straightforward, quicker choice, simply use a fork (like most retailer purchased frozen empanadas) or hold it flat. It doesn’t have an effect on the consuming expertise in any respect!!

The simplest method to discover ways to do the empanada pleats is to observe the recipe video – at 3 minute 29 second mark.

1. Filling empanadas

How to wrap empanadas
  1. Unfold filling in a half moon form on one aspect of the spherical. Make the floor flat. Use 3 tablespoons of filling (55g / 1.94oz to be actual!), leaving a 1.7cm / 2/3″ border (exactness! 🙂 ).

  2. Sprinkle with a pinch of olives and egg.

  3. Brush with egg whites – Brush the filling aspect edge with egg whites. We’re reserving the yolks to brush the floor so it bakes up superbly golden.

  4. Seal – Fold over to surround filling and press firmly to seal, however don’t squish the pastry and make it thinner – this makes it more durable to do neat pleats.

2. Pleating – elective!

As I discussed above, pleating is elective! You possibly can simply adorn utilizing a fork – simply press down alongside the sting – or simply depart the seam plain. It would nonetheless style simply nearly as good!

For the pleating, the quickest method to be taught is to observe the recipe video. Right here’s an extract for simply the pleating half:

  1. Pleat – Ranging from one finish, fold the pastry over onto the rim to create a pleat.

  2. Pinch – With out shifting your fingers, pinch to make the pleat keep in place and likewise to make the a part of the pastry the place the subsequent pleat will probably be a bit thinner which makes it simpler to pleat.

  3. Hold repeating till you end on the finish. Don’t be afraid to trim off extra pastry on the nook to tidy it up. 🙂

  4. Reshape as wanted to push it again right into a neat half moon form. I discover mine sort of stretches out in an elongated half moon!

3. Baking

There’s just one factor higher than the buttery scent that fills your home when empanadas are within the oven… EATING them!

  1. Brush with egg yolk – this makes them bake up superbly golden.

  2. Bake for 20 minutes in a sizzling oven – 220°C/425°F (200°C fan).

  3. Golden brown – The empanadas are prepared when they’re a stupendous golden brown, and the bottom is crisp.

  4. EAT! Have a look at your attractive empanadas!! EAT WHILE HOT!!

Freshly cooked Beef empanadas

Empanada dipping sauce

Scorching, freshly made empanadas are fantastic eaten simply plain. However a dipping sauce simply elevates the expertise! Listed here are choices:

  • Empanada sauce (beneficial) – A purpose-made spiced roasted tomato based mostly sauce for dipping empanadas which is loosely based mostly on a conventional Colombian sauce referred to as hogao. I’ve printed this as a separate recipe as a result of it’s worthy. 🙂 It’s my beneficial choice – it’s SO GOOD! Use leftovers as a dip for corn chips, veggie sticks, bread.

  • Chimichurri – This vivid inexperienced recent parsley-garlic South American sauce is a pure pairing with empanadas!

  • Pink sauce – Ketchup + bitter cream or yogurt or mayo or any mixture thereof.

  • Avocado sauce – Sure. YES! So good.

  • Ketchup, or spicy ketchup – I gained’t decide. It really works. (For spicy, simply combine with sriracha).

Definitely worth the effort

This isn’t a fast and simple recipe. And there will probably be folks studying this little doubt who reside in areas the place glorious empanadas are plentiful. Fortunate you!

For the remainder of us poor sods, this home made model will fulfill your empanada cravings. After they come out of the oven, sizzling and crispy, the buttery scent of the pastry mingling with the spiced filling…. and that second while you chew into them…..

It’s meals so good it virtually makes you need to weep with pleasure. Meals that’s definitely worth the effort!

This empanadas recipe is likely one of the greatest new cult-classic recipes to come back out of the RecipeTin kitchen in over a yr. I actually hope you give them a go – and love them as a lot as I do! – Nagi x

Recipe credit score: With many due to RecipeTin’s Chef JB for working via so many iterations with me to create the right home made empanadas! This recipe is such an amazing instance of how we work collectively on more difficult recipes to attain what we consider to be the very best final result for residence cooks, and the way having knowledgeable chef in my staff has raised the bar on the standard and kind of recipes I can share on my web site. And make issues like empanadas accessible to all people, of various abilities ranges!

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Tray of freshly baked Beef empanadas

Beef Empanadas

Servings10 – 11 empanadas

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Recipe video above. This dough is straightforward to work with and comes collectively in seconds utilizing a very good processor. Whereas I actually encourage you to make the dough, you will nonetheless get a wonderful empanada repair making this with store-bought puff pastry or shortcrust pastry.Empanada dough tailored from Kevin Is Cooking and the filling relies on the New York Occasions Cooking Beef Empanadas recipe (I discovered the flavour a bit delicate and too dry, so I tweaked).


Empanada shortcrust pastry:


Empanada Filling:

  • Blitz chorizo – Roughly chop chorizo into 1.5cm / 1/2″ items. Blitz utilizing a stick blender till it turns into a paste (Be aware 1)

  • Sauté aromatics – Warmth oil in a big non stick pan over excessive warmth. Prepare dinner onion and garlic for two minutes.

  • Prepare dinner meat – Add chorizo and prepare dinner for two minutes. Add beef and prepare dinner till you not see uncooked beef. Add tomato paste and prepare dinner for 1 minute. Then add all the pieces else besides inexperienced onion, then stir.

  • Prepare dinner 15 min – Deliver to a simmer then decrease warmth so it is simmering gently. Prepare dinner for quarter-hour, stirring now and again. Purpose – juicy however not watery filling, with cooked potato.

  • Cool – Stir via inexperienced onion. Switch to bowl and totally cool earlier than utilizing (~ 2 hours).

Empanada shortcrust pastry:

  • Blitz dough – Whisk milk and yolk in a small jug. Pulse flour, salt and butter in a meals processor till the butter turns into effective crumbs – largest lumps no greater than peas (~ 4 to six occasions). Add egg-milk combination, then blitz on low till it comes collectively right into a ball of dough – about 10 seconds. (Be aware 2 for hand methodology)

  • Chill 30 min – End up onto a flippantly floured work floor, then convey collectively right into a clean log ~20cm/8″ lengthy. Lower in half, form into 2cm / 0/8″ thick spherical discs. Wrap in cling wrap then refrigerate half-hour (or in a single day – Be aware 3).

  • Lower rounds – Place one chilled disc on a flippantly floured work floor. Roll out to three mm / 0.1″ thickness. Lower 15 cm/6″ rounds (I take advantage of a bowl), or different measurement as desired (Be aware 3). Hold coated within the fridge, stacked on paper, as you proceed to roll and reduce. You must get 10 or 11 rounds.

Make empanadas:

  • Preheat oven to 220°C/425°F (200°C fan).

  • Filling – Filling needs to be chilly however spreadable (Be aware 4). Place 3 tablespoons (55g) of filling on the highest half of a spherical of pastry. Unfold flat in a half-moon form, leaving a 1.5cm / 0.6″ border. Sprinkle with olive and egg.

  • Seal – Brush edge with egg white, fold to surround, urgent out air and sealing the sting. Optionally available: Do empanada pleats – see step images in put up or video at 3 min 30 sec. Alternatively, crimp with fork or depart plain.

  • Bake 20 min – Place empanadas on 2 baking trays. Brush with egg yolk. Bake 20 minutes or till golden brown throughout and crispy on the bottom.

  • Serve sizzling with dipping sauce of alternative – my favorite is the home made Empanada Sauce!

Recipe Notes:

1. Chorizo blitzing – Actually is the easiest way to meld into the meat and launch a ton of flavour into the filling combination! Higher than chopping.
2. Dough hand methodology – Rub butter in along with your fingers. Combine milk in with a picket spoon then knead till it kinds a clean dough.
Dough in a single day – The dough will be made as much as 2 days forward and stored within the fridge. It is going to be rock arduous so take it out half-hour prior to melt barely.
3. Measurement – Empanadas are available in all types of sizes however for genuine South American, go massive or go residence! 🙂 I initially made empanadas the dimensions of gyoza and we have been referred to as out by Chef JB’s Chilean good friend for making them untraditionally small. So we mounted it! However be happy to make smaller ones (identical bake time).
4. Filling – In case your filling is ice chilly and rock arduous, it will likely be arduous to wrap. Permit it to come back to room temp (or give it a microwave serving to hand) so the combination is free however nonetheless chilly (else it’s going to soften butter within the pastry).

Lifetime of Dozer

Dozer thanks everybody for the birthday needs!! He feels extremely popular – there was quite a lot of strutting round in the present day. 😂

In the meantime, there was quite a lot of grumbling on my half! Snippet of grumbling from Instagram:


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