Mini Empanadillas (Puerto Rican Beef Turnovers)

Empanadillas are very similar to empanadas except the dough is thinner. Some people also like to add other ingredients to give the dough an orange color. They are typically made much larger than what you’ll find in this recipe, but I wanted to share a “mini” version that would make a perfect appetizer for your holiday gatherings. Although the traditional recipe calls for a beef filling, you can pretty much use any filling that you enjoy. So if you have an awesome meat, seafood or vegetarian filling you want to use-go for it! Recipe courtesy of The Latina Homemaker.

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Servings 30servings
Prep Time 40minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Passive Time 30minutes
Submitted By Jesenia Montanez from The Latina Homebaker
Empanadillas are very similar to empanadas except the dough is thinner. Some people also like to add other ingredients to give the dough an orange color. They are typically made much larger than what you’ll find in this recipe, but I wanted to share a “mini” version that would make a perfect appetizer for your holiday gatherings. Although the traditional recipe calls for a beef filling, you can pretty much use any filling that you enjoy. So if you have an awesome meat, seafood or vegetarian filling you want to use-go for it!
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Servings 30servings
Prep Time 40minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Passive Time 30minutes
Submitted By Jesenia Montanez from The Latina Homebaker
Empanadillas are very similar to empanadas except the dough is thinner. Some people also like to add other ingredients to give the dough an orange color. They are typically made much larger than what you’ll find in this recipe, but I wanted to share a “mini” version that would make a perfect appetizer for your holiday gatherings. Although the traditional recipe calls for a beef filling, you can pretty much use any filling that you enjoy. So if you have an awesome meat, seafood or vegetarian filling you want to use-go for it!
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Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
Dough
  1. Mix flour, salt, butter (slice up the stick of butter first) and egg with a food processor or mixer. Start adding water slowly until you get a nice stretchy dough consistency.
  2. The dough shouldn’t be sticky, if it is, add more flour to the mix. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This step is not absolutely necessary, but it does make the dough easier to work with.
Beef Filling
  1. Season ground beef with Adobo to desired taste, add chopped garlic cloves and brown the meat in a skillet. You may also use salt and pepper instead of Adobo if you prefer. Once meat is cooked add Sofrito, Sazon, tomato sauce, onions, green peppers, red peppers and potatoes. Let it simmer until potatoes are tender.
  2. Take your dough and roll it out with a rolling pin. Make sure to sprinkle flour on the surface, your rolling pin and hands to prevent the dough from sticking. Once your roll the dough out, use a cup or a round cookie cutter to cut circular shapes.
  3. Place a spoonful of beef filling on the dough and fold it shut.
  4. My favorite method for sealing empanadillas is to use a fork. Simply press on the edge with a fork on both sides and you’re done. You’ll want to fry each side of the empanadilla in hot oil. Simply remove when the empandilla gets a light golden color. You can also bake them, but I prefer to fry my empanadillas since it’s the authentic way to make them.
  5. The dough will yield at least 2 1/2 dozen mini empanadillas. You can also make them larger if you prefer and serve them for lunch or with dinner. The filling will be more than sufficient and I actually wound up with some leftover meat that I used to add over my rice.
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  1. jacki

    I was just browsing until I ran into this empanadas recipe and I love that you mentioned that their Puerto Rican style. By now I’m sure your aware I’m Puerto Rican lol But anyways I also wanted to say, I love your account and recipes. Thankyou so much and God Bless you 🙂

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