Empanadas de Carne con Papitas (Ground Beef & Diced Potatoes)
Masa (To make my empanada dough, I use my tortilla recipe)
(4) Cups unbleached flour
(3) tsp. Salt (table salt)
(3) tsp. Baking powder
(4) tbsp. lard
(2) Cups of warm water (I prefer almost hot) “not to burn”
Preheat oven to 375°F
Get out a rolling pin.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking powder.
Add in the the lard and mix to crumble finely into the flour with your hands.
Add water until masa forms into a ball. If masa is a little dry add a little water or too sticky, add a little flour.
Knead masa about 5 minutes.
Cover, let’s stand 15-20
Divide masa into 18 portions shaping into balls.
On a lightly floured surface, roll each ball into a 6 or 7 inch round.
Filling ~ Carne con Papitas
(1) lb. Ground beef
(1) Large peeled potato, small diced, makes 2 cups
(1) Cup Lindita’s Mild Salsa
(1 & 1/2) Cups of Shredded Mexican Style Blend Cheese.
Salt & Pepper to taste
In a large skillet break up ground beef and brown at a medium heat.
Add in 2 cups of diced potatoes, cover and continue to cook up to 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
Remove lid and let it cool down enough to place in a bowl then add shedded cheese and gently toss.
Now it’s time to roll the masa balls into tortillas.
Take 2 - 2 1/2 tablespoons of the meat mixture to the center of the tortilla and fold over and gently press.
Take one end of the tortilla and start folding the top edge gently to close completely.
Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper if you have some available.
It could easily be placed right on the cookie sheet.
Once you have your empanadas on the cookie sheets, melt butter in a small bowl and gently base over the tops.
Place in oven at 375° and bake for 22 minutes or until nicely browned.
This recipe will make up to 14 filled empanadas…
Any leftover masa….sure!!!
We call these our Bunuelos
Roll each ball into a 4 - 6 inch round.
In a medium skillet add up to 4 tablespoons of canola oil.
Fry in oil for a couple of minutes or less until browned underneath flipping once.
Drain on paper towel. Sprinkle with powdered cinnamon and sugar.
Top with cool whip, strawberries and blue berries then sit back and enjoy!!