Pastel de Carne (Beef Empanada)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

This savory fried pastry (pastel in Portuguese and empanada in Spanish) is served in many countries in South America, it's really popular and delicious! You can get creative with the filling, making different variations with chicken, shrimp and also sweet ones with guava paste, bananas and cinnamon. Today, I'm sharing my version using beef and a pre made dough which you can easily find at supermarkets. Take a look:

Recipe by Sweet Caroline

Ingredients (makes 10 empanadas):
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
1/3 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and black pepper
1 (14 oz) package frozen empanada dough (I used Goya brand), thawed
Oil for frying

To prepare filling: Heat the oil in a large pan over medium-heat high. Add the garlic and sauté until golden. Stir in the ground beef and cook until is crumbly, browned and no longer pink. Add the diced onion. Cook until tender. Add corn, peas, tomato paste and water. Season with cumin, salt and black pepper. Let it cook until water reduces. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly. To prepare empanadas: Place about 2 tablespoons of beef filling in center of dough. Turn over to form a half circle, close side by pressing with a fork. Fry empanadas in hot oil until golden brown. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Serve hot and enjoy!


Motive to be Pretty said...

Huummm! ja faz um tempinho que nao faco pastel!

Theresa said...

Looks yummy! I'd love to try to make them sometime. Thanks for sharing at this weeks party. Theresa @DearCreatives

Miz Helen said...

Caroline your Empanada's look fabulous, we will just love this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
Miz Helen

Click here for starting a new life said...

Yuummm!! Empanada is my favorite thing to eat on breakfast.

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