Mexican Empanadas

I made these yesterday and my family raved about them. Empanadas are fun to make too.  Put 3 cups of flour in the bowl of your food processor.  Add 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 tsp. salt and pulse until you have a crumbly mixture.  Mix 1 cup of warm milk with 1 egg yolk and combine until it comes together.  Wrap it in plastic and refrigerate while you make the filling.
 Mix 1 pound of ground beef with 1/2 pound of chorizo sausage.  Add 1 finely diced onion, 4 diced garlic cloves, 1 cup of sliced green olives, 1 T. achiote (or paprika), 1 T. cumin, 1/2 bunch of diced fresh cilantro, 1 tsp. oregano and salt and pepper to taste.

 Split the dough in half and roll it out thin on a floured surface.

 Cut out round disks.

 Put some filling in the center of each circle.

Pinch the edges to seal.
Fold them inward all the way around.

 Place them on a parchment covered cookie sheet.

 Brush them with a bit if milk mixed with an egg yolk.

 Bake them in a 400 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes. 
Cool them on a rack and then serve with cilantro lime sauce.  Mix 1/2 cup of mayo with 1/2 cup of sour cream.  Add 1/2  bunch of diced fresh cilantro and the juice of 2 limes.  Add 1/2 tsp. of salt and mix thoroughly.

This recipe made about 25 pieces.

They freeze very well.


Sandy said…

Looks good! Can you leave out the olives in this recipe? Will it taste like the traditional Empanadas when you leave out the olives?
jaz@octoberfarm said…
you can leave the olives out. you can also make all kinds of other fillings for them. i recently had pulled pork empanadas that were really good.
Anonymous said…
These look yummy and so easy to make. Perfect as a snack in between meals too :-)

Have a great day!
Craig said…
Wonderful. A bit like a south american cornish pastie? We have friends from Argentina who make their own version of these.
Leeanna said…
*sigh* Empanadas *sigh* Umm, do you make house calls? Because I'm not feeling like I want to cook tonight.
Anonymous said…
I can imagine all sorts of fillings for these, yours sound wonderful!
Guillaume said…
You are in a very Mexican mood these days.
Jim said…
I can't imagine that your family takes you for granted......they had better not!!
these look wonderful. I can almost taste and smell them from here!!
Definitely scrumptious.
Alice said…
Do you have a cookbook? I love many of your recipes but can't print them out and follow in blog form
I've made these several times before, my family just loves them... especially with the cilantro sauce!

I will have branch out and try a different type of filling next time, pulled pork sounds good.