Puerto Rican Beef Empanada RECIPE - Heavenly Recipes

Puerto Rican Beef Empanada RECIPE


Puerto Rican Beef Empanada RECIPE
Ingredients :
1 package of the (white) flour discs, I get the GOYA ones (This will make 10) *DEFROSTED*
2 Tbsp. Sofrito (recipe below)
Adobo Powder (I also use the Goya one, Goya should sponsor me already right?! lol)
Small can of plain tomato sauce
1 lb. Ground Meat (you can actually use beef, turkey chicken etc.)
Vegetable Oil (we use this to fry them)
Basic Sofrito Recipe:
Combine yellow onions, green AND red peppers, Cilantro and garlic in a food processor until its a very fine texture. ---Yes, it IS that simple ;)


Directions :
In a skillet, brown the meat and drain out any excess fat that may be lingering there
Return the cooked meat to the pan and add in the 2-3 tablespoons of sofrito (I like mine VERY flavorful so I add 2.5 tablespoons to 3 sometimes :) Then sprinkle with adobo to taste and add your small can of tomato sauce.
Turn the flame back on to low heat and let it simmer for another 15 mins.
While this meat mixture is cooling off, start heating your oil (to 325 degrees)--this can take a little while so be patient :) I always stick a spoon in and see if it sizzles to tell if it's hot.
While the oil is heating begin preparing your empanadas for frying. This means adding 2 Tbsp. or so of the meat mixture to the center of the flour disco. Fold it into a half moon shape and seal the sides by pressing down a fork and making a pretty little design at the same time :)
After sealing them front and back (this assures that nothing leaks out!) Set them aside until your oil is heated, once this is so, place 3 or 4 (depending on the size of your pan) at a time in. Once you see one side golden brown, flip them over.
Once you can see that both sides have cooked evenly, place them on a paper towel to drain excess oil and YOU ARE DONE!
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