How to Make Beef Empanada
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Filipino
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Serves: 30 pcs
  • 3 cups cooking oil for deep-frying
For the filling:
  • 1 kilo ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. paprika (optional)
  • 2 large potatoes, cut into small cubes
  • 1 large red or green bell pepper, cut into small cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil for sauteing
For the Dough
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. shortening or butter
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vinegar
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How to make Beef Empanada:
  1. Fry the potatoes until golden brown, then set aside.
  2. Saute the garlic and onion for a minute, then add the beef and stir fry for a few minutes until almost fried.
  3. Add the bell peppers, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside and cool down completely.
  4. To make the dough, mix all dry ingredients together: flour, sugar and salt.
  5. Mix in the shortening, continue mixing until the mixture is uniform in texture.
  6. Mix together the eggs, vinegar and cold water. Add into the flour and shortening mixture.
  7. Mix together until smooth, do not knead. Then wrap in plastic sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until ready to use.
  8. To make the empanada : Cut the dough into approximately ⅓ cup measure, roll like a ball.
  9. Flatten each ball into 5 inch diameter circle and fill the top half with 1½ tablespoons beef filling.
  10. Fold the bottom half over and seal the edges using a fork.
  11. Do the same thing on the rest of the ingredients then refrigerate for few hours.
  12. In a deep frying pan, heat up cooking oil, and deep-fry the empanada until golden brown.
Recipe by Panlasang Pinoy Meat Recipes at