Beef Empanadas with Chipotle — The Frugal Chef

These little beef empanadas or meat turnovers are completely fabulous! You can also make them small to function an appetizer or you can also make them giant and function a fundamental meal.

These are spicy however you’ll be able to omit the chipotles if you happen to would like. They may nonetheless be great!

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Makes about 50 small empanadas

1 egg
2 TBS milk
1/eight tsp. salt
2 ¼ cups sifted flour
1 ½ tsp. salt
½ cup chilly butter — sliced
1 TBS cider or white vinegar
1/three cup ice chilly water

Place the egg, milk and 1/eighth tsp. salt in a bowl and whisk it with a fork. Put aside.

In a big bowl, add the sifted flour and the 1 ½ tsp. salt. Combine effectively. Add the butter and incorporate it into the flour, utilizing your clear arms, 2 knives or a meals processor. Combine till the flour resembles bread crumbs.

Add the egg combination, the vinegar and the water to the flour. Use your fork to include all of the substances.

Dump the dough on a clear, floured counter prime. Rigorously deliver all of it collectively — don’t knead it — till you may have a ball. This could take 2 to three urgent with the heel of your arms. Don’t over-work the dough. Wrap the dough and refrigerate it for 1 hour.

After an hour, divide the dough in half and place it on a clear, floured counter prime. Roll it out till you may have about 1/eighth inch thickness. Use a glass or spherical cookie cutter — any dimension you like — and reduce the dough. Reuse the left over dough till you haven’t any extra left over.

three TBS oil
1 medium onion — finely chopped
2 garlic cloves — minced
2 chipotle peppers in adobo — chopped
1 pound floor beef
¼ cup peas
½ giant carrot — finely cubed
½ giant potato — finely cubed
three Roma tomatoes — peeled and finely chopped (you need to use canned)
10 black olives — chopped
½ TBS crushed oregano
Salt & Pepper
½ cup water
1 egg with a slash of chilly water
Chipotle powder

Warmth oven to 400 levels and line a baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper.

Warmth 2 TBS of oil in a skillet. Add the onions and prepare dinner for about eight minutes, till they soften and develop into translucent. Add the garlic and the chipotles. Combine effectively and prepare dinner for about 2 minutes — till you’ll be able to odor the garlic and chilies.

Add the meat and blend effectively. Prepare dinner for a couple of minutes and add the carrots, peas and potatoes. Combine effectively once more and type a effectively in the midst of the pan. Add the remaining 1 TBS of oil and the cumin. Prepare dinner the cumin, mixing continuously for a few minutes. Incorporate the cooked cumin into the meat and greens.

Add the tomatoes, olives and oregano. Season with salt and pepper to style and add the water. Combine the whole lot effectively, cowl, and permit simmering for about 15 minutes. Take away from warmth and funky down utterly earlier than assembling your empanada.

Roll out your dough as defined above. Place your filling in the midst of your circle and fold. Be certain to press the sides in order that they stick collectively. You’ll be able to go away them like this, press them with a fork, or type a ‘rope’ by overlapping it. Place the empanadas onto the baking sheet.

Sprinkle some chipotle powder into the egg and water. Beat with a fork and brush the empanadas. Place the baking sheet within the oven and bake them for 25 minutes — or till the underside browns calmly and you’ll visibly see that the dough is cooked. Serve and luxuriate in!

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