Homemade Beef Empanadas

Ingredients:

for filling ~

1/2 lb ground beef

1/2 yellow onion, minced

1 tbsp canola oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 hard boiled egg, chopped

2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp oregano

3/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup tomato puree or tomato sauce

for empanada dough ~

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 stick unsalted butter, cold and chopped into small pieces

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/3 cup ice water

Directions:

First, make the empanada dough so it has time to chill. Mix together the flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter with your fingertips and work together until mixture resembles cornmeal - no big lumps of butter anywhere. Add the egg and the ice water and mix until dough forms. Form dough into large flat ball, wrap in plastic wrap and set in the fridge to chill for 1 hour.

While your dough is chilling, make your filling. Heat a pan over medium heat and add your oil. When hot, add the onion and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes, until onion has softened. Add ground beef and cook for another 5 minutes or so, until beef is done. You may drain any extra fat here or leave it in before going on to the next step {I chose to drain the extra fat}.

Add the cumin, paprika, oregano and salt to the beef mixture, as well as the tomato sauce or puree. Mix well so all is combined then take off the stove and add the chopped hard boiled egg. Stir well and set aside for use in your empanadas.

After dough has chilled, remove from the fridge. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out empanada dough onto a lightly floured surface until very thin - like pie dough. Cut circles out of the dough using the back of a bowl or a large biscuit cutter. My circles ended up being about 6".

Place the circles on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and scoop a small amount of beef filling into the center of each circle. Pinch dough closed with your fingers. Be sure to seal the dough well or else it will leak out while it bakes!

Mix one egg with a small splash of water. Brush this over sealed empanadas and place in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes for small empanadas or 30-35 minutes for large ones. Mine took about 32 minutes.

Enjoy!

Time:

~1 hr 45 minutes

*empanadas can also be frozen, fully assembled but not baked. No need to defrost before baking - just bake from frozen for about 35 minutes or so at 400 degrees.

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