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Beef Empanadas      HT  MC  Argentine  90mins plus resting

Serves 4     Hot  Meat  Savoury Pastry Main Course  Argentina  Sth America  South American



For the dough:

400g/14oz Plain Flour

1 teasp Salt

175g/6oz Butter

1 - 3 tbsp chilled water  

For the filling:

450g/1lb  Minced Beef

2 Onions, chopped

1 green Capsicum, (sweet pepper), chopped

50g/2oz Raisins, pre-soaked in warm water  

2 tbsp chopped Green Olives

1 tbsp Tomato Paste

1 hard boiled Egg, chopped

Beaten Egg, to glaze

1 teasp Tabasco Sauce

salt and pepper, to taste

2 teasp fresh Thyme Leaves  




1. Place the flour in a large mixing bowl and rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips  until it resembles a coarse breadcrumbs.


2. Add the water a little at a time and mix with a knife until the pastry begins to bind together.  Using your hands, form the pastry into a ball then cover with clingfilm and chill for 1 hour.


3. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the beef and lightly brown on all sides.


4. Add the remainder of the ingredients, mix well and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes. Set aside until you are ready to assemble the empanadas.


5. Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas Mark 6. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface to about 3mm/1/8th inch thickness  then cut into 8 circles using a plate or small saucepan lid.


6. Divide the filling between the pastry circles then brush the edges of the pastry with a little water,  fold over to create semi circles and press the edges firmly together with a fork making sure they are well sealed.


7. Brush the tops with beaten egg and bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.



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Serving Suggestions

Serve with a green vegetable


Key techniques used in this recipe

Chop to To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.

Simmer - To maintain the temperature of a liquid at just below boiling.


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Chopping knife

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Mixing Bowl


Make Ahead/ Freezing


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