The empanada has never gained the popularity of the taco, burrito, and quesadilla on the national American stage. However, to the authentic Mexican foodie, the empanada is simultaneously a treat and a staple. The empanada is made of dough and is usually filled with a tasty meat (ground beef, sausage, chicken, or steak). It will also often include onions, beans or rice, and vegetables and is baked until it reaches pure golden perfection. The empanada is loaded with flavor and will probably become a favorite for those loving Mexican food.
Beef Empanada Recipe
With some believing the empanada reaches as far back as the time of ancient trades routes between Spain and India, it’s a recipe that has truly stood the test of time. This beef version of the empanada recipe features ground beef steak, chorizo sausage, and onions.
Next time you are hungry try this excellent beef empanada recipe from the Food Network.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 pound ground beef steak
1/4 pound fresh chorizo sausage, casing removed
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 package store-bought pie crust or your favorite pie crust recipe
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a medium-sized skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add the beef, chorizo, onion, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring constantly so that the ingredients are well blended. Add additional cumin, if desired, and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside and let the filling cool.
Roll out the pie crust dough and cut out rounds using a 3-inch cutter. Put 1 tablespoon of filling on half of the round. Fold the other half of the round over and using a fork, press down on the edge of the dough making sure it is sealed all the way around. This forms the empanada. Whisk the egg in a small bowl. Brush the top of each empanada with the egg wash. Arrange the empanadas on a nonstick sheet pan and bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer the empanadas to a serving platter and serve.
Tips From the Experts
If you like cilantro, chop 2 tablespoons, and serve it with some sour cream, or with some pico de gallo. Try rolling out the prepared dough so it’s not as thick as when it comes out of the box. Try adding Muenster or your own favorite type of cheese for the final touch.
Beef Empanadas make a great meal your whole family will feast on. At the Mexicali Fresh Mex Grill we serve them as an option for our delightful combos. For more mouthwatering Mexican creations, check out our menu and visit any of our locations.