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    Puerto Rican Fried Meat Pies: Empanadas

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    40 mins

    30 mins

    10 mins

    Chef Smooth's Note:

    A tasty meat filled pastry.

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    For cooking

    • 1 cup vegetable oil (for frying)


    1. 1
      DOUGH: combine all the dry ingredients in electric mixer, add all the wet ingredients. Mix for about 3 minutes until well combined. Dough will form.
    2. 2
      Take it out and knead for about 3 minutes, let sit wrapped in plastic-wrap for another 15 minutes.
    3. 3
      Divide into 12 pieces, then roll into 4 inch circles.
    4. 4
      FILLING: Brown ground beef (drain excess grease), or sauté shredded chicken in 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add all the ingredients and cook for an additional 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Let cool.
    5. 5
      COOKING: Preheat the oil in a frying pan at about a medium temperature. Place about 2 tablespoons of the filling in the dough and seal the edges with a fork.
    6. 6
      Fry for about 5 minutes on each side, then place on dish lined with paper-towels.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 03, 2010


      I added recaito amd sofrito......makes it yummier!!! My puerto rican husband loves them!!! I used the frozen goya disc too!!!

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    • on September 12, 2011

      thanks , this is awesome! i am 13 and tried this recipe and impressed my whole family! thanks again! :)

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    • on March 07, 2006


      This is a very common dish referred to by puerto ricans as pastellios. I made my own filling, but I used the dough recipe. I was quick and easy. I downsized the recipe and the only thing I changed, is added more salt. Its a very authentic recipe. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Nutritional Facts for Puerto Rican Fried Meat Pies: Empanadas

    Serving Size: 1 (125 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 402.9
    Calories from Fat 260
    Total Fat 28.9 g
    Saturated Fat 5.2 g
    Cholesterol 25.7 mg
    Sodium 320.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 25.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
    Sugars 0.5 g
    Protein 10.4 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    salt and pepper

    sazon goya with coriander and annatto

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