Learning Spanish One Empanada at a Time

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 13:19

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The finished product. ¡Riquísima!

If you have been in Buenos Aires for longer than a minute, you have probably consumed your fair share of empanadas.¬†Perfect to eat at any hour of the day, this delicious Argentine favorite consists of pastry-like dough stuffed with a myriad of fillings like beef, sweet corn, cheese, ham, vegetables, and more ‚Äď all the good stuff.¬† Impress locals with your empanada baking skills by learning how to make the traditional Empanada Salte√Īa, which originates from the Northern Argentine province of Salta.

Empanada Salte√Īa Recipe

 Ingredients (makes 6 empanadas):

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1 package empanada wrappers, Recommended Brand: La Salte√Īa (1 paquete Tapas de empanadas *Marca recomendada: La Salte√Īa).

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬ľ kilo¬† ground beef (Carne picada)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1¬† Small boiled potato, cut in cubes (Papa hervida, chica, cortada en cubos)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 2¬† Green onions (cebollas de verdes)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1 Small red or green pepper (Morr√≥n rojo o verde chica)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 40 g¬† Peas (Arvejas)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Garlic to taste¬†¬†(Ajo a gusto)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Salt, pepper, Spanish paprika-to taste (Sal, pimienta, piment√≥n a gusto)


1. Finely chop the pepper and garlic.  In a lightly oiled pan, sauté the chopped garlic and then add the pepper.  Add salt and pepper. Add the chopped green onion. 

Picar el morrón, el ajo, y el verdeo.  En un sartén con un poquito de aceite, saltear primero el ajo, luego agregar el morrón.  Sal/pimentar. Agregar el verdeo picado.

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2. Add the ground beef to cook on medium heat.  Take off heat once the beef is cooked.

Agregar la carne picada y dejar cocinar a fuego medio.  Quitar del fuego cuando esté cocida. 

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3. In a bowl, combine the meat with the cubed potatoes and peas.  Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.

En un ból, combinar la carne con la papa cortada y las arvejas.  Condimentar con sal, pimienta y pimentón.

4. To  make the empanadas: take a small bit of the filling and put it on the empanada wrapper, moisten the edges and fold.  Click here to see video.

Armar las empanadas: colocar un poco de relleno sobre las tapas, humedecer los bordes y repulgar. 


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5. Put them in a pre-heated oven at 180¬ļ and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.¬† And finished!

Llevar a horno precalentado 180¬ļ hasta que doren, aprox. 20 minutos. Y Listo! Buen Provecho!

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For all you Empanada fanatics, check out more great resources:

  1. National Empanada Festival in the Tucum√°n Province http://www.fiestadelaempanada.famailla.gov.ar/
  2. Empanada Guide http://argentinastravel.com/basics/cuisine/empanadas/
  3.  Best Empanada Delivery in Buenos Aires http://planetajoy.com/?Delivery_de_empanadas%3A_los_mejores_de_Buenos_Aires&page=ampliada&id=2085

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