Empanadas - Beef Turnovers

Empanadas - Beef Turnovers

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Prep time

45m

Total time

1h 20m

Yields

10

Empanadas

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La Cocina Goya

The Perfect Pastry for All Meals

Empanadas, or beef turnovers, are discs of pastry packed with meat. Some turnover recipes call for all manner of fillings, but this GOYA® Empanada recipe features a delicious tomato, onion, garlic and beef mixture.

You can enjoy Empanadas as an appetizer, a main dish, or even after your main course. Use GOYA® Discos, or frozen pastry rounds, for a flaky beef turnover that will make your mouth water.

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Ingredients

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½ lb.

ground beef

½

medium yellow onion, finely chopped (about ½ cup)

2 tbsp.

GOYA® Sofrito

1 tsp.

GOYA® Minced Garlic or 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

½ tsp.

GOYA® Dried Oregano

1 pkg. (14 oz.)

GOYA® Discos – Dough for Turnovers Pastries (Yellow or White), thawed

GOYA® Corn Oil, for frying

Directions

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Step 1

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, about 10 minutes. Add onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes more. Stir in tomato sauce, olives, Sofrito, Sazón, garlic, oregano and black pepper. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer until mixture thickens, about 15 minutes.

Step 2

On a lightly floured work surface, using a rolling pin, roll out discos until ½” larger in diameter. Spoon about 1 tbsp. meat mixture into middle, fold in half to form a half moon; moisten edges with water and pinch to seal closed, or seal with a fork.

Step 3

Fill a deep saucepan with oil to a depth of 2½”. Heat oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking (350°F on deep-fry thermometer). Cook Empanadas in batches until crisp and golden brown, flipping once, 4 – 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

Tip by La Cocina Goya

Crispy Empanadas, guaranteed!

If you don’t have a deep-fry thermometer, you can still estimate the temperature of the oil. Here’s how: place the handle of your wooden spoon, or a wooden chopstick, into the oil. If a steady stream of bubbles emerge from the wood, the oil is perfect. (If the oil starts rapidly bubbling, or if few bubbles are present, then the oil is too hot or too cold, respectively.)

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