Sweet and Savory Argentine Empanadas

Lots of Latin flare in these tasty meat pies.
  • Prep Time : 30 min
  • Cook Time : 25 min
  • Ready Time : 55 min
  • Yields 24 empanadas
  • Details


    • 1 1/4 pounds very lean ground beef
    • 1/2 cup chopped onion
    • 1 cup California raisins
    • 1/2 cup chopped pimiento-stuffed green olives
    • 1/2 cup prepared salsa
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons Mexican seasoning blend
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 16 sheets (14x9-inch) filo dough, thawed
    • Nonstick cooking spray (olive oil or butter-flavored)
    • 1 egg, beaten


    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper; set aside.

    Cook ground beef and onion over medium heat in nonstick skillet for 10 minutes or until onion is very soft, breaking up beef with a wooden spoon. Stir in raisins, olives, salsa and seasonings. Unroll filo sheets and cover with a damp cloth. Place 1 sheet on a flat surface. Spray with cooking spray and top with another sheet. Repeat to layer 4 sheets. Cut stack into 6 equal pieces and brush edges with beaten egg. Place 2 tablespoons of filling in the center of each piece of filo and fold over to enclose filling and make triangular shapes. Press edges tightly together to seal and cut away points to make semi-circles. Repeat until filo sheets and filling are all used. Arrange on baking sheet and brush with beaten egg.

    Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.

    Note: Make ahead, store in refrigerator or freeze, and reheat in a 350°F oven until crisp.

    Nutrition Facts Per Serving

    Calories 330 (29% from fat); Total Fat 10g (sat 3.5g, mono 5g, poly 1g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 50mg; Protein 19g; Carbohydrate 38g; (Dietary Fiber 3g; Sugars 16g; ); Iron 4mg; Sodium 430mg; Calcium 36mg; Potassium 480mg

    This recipe is found in the following categories:

    World Flavors

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