Beef tomato-potato Empanadas-gcc

Just when you thought an empanada couldn’t get anymore exciting… Remember when I bought a small pint of green tomatoes?  Well I wanted to make something different.  Something other than fried green tomatoes so, when I was planning my weekly menu the other day and trying to use up my fresh veges, the Latina in me decided to add a bit of a twist to my basic empanada recipe.  Here’s the result.  Beef tomato potato Empanadas!  They were even better as leftovers-the hubs liked them a lot.)

Beef tomato-potato Empanadas-recipe

A flaky crust creation with a tender meat & vege filling!


Beef & tomato-potato empanadas


1 c. flour
1/4 t. each of salt & baking powder
1/3 c. shredded cheese (your choice)
1/4 c. shortening
cold water
1 egg (for brushing on pies)

Combine your flour, salt, baking powder and cheese in a large bowl.  Gentle break in the shortening until you have a cornmeal consistency.  Add the cold water until you can form a large ball and it’s not sticky! Set aside.


1/2 – 1 # ground beef chuck (cooked & drained)
1/4 c. chopped onion
3/4 c. green tomatoes (cubed)
1 T. oil
1 c. cubed potatoes (cooked & drained)
spices: salt, pepper, chile powder, garlic
1 T. cornstarch
1/4 c. water
1/2 c. cheese

Saute the onion and green tomatoes til clear. Drain.  In the same skillet pour the water, beef and cornstarch and cook til you get a thin gravy.  Stirring until smooth. Now add the sautéed veges, potatoes and season to your liking with spices above.

READY to roll & fill!!!
I used this wonderful little plastic pastry gadget that I found at a local kitchen store for about $5 bucks!  The dough didn’t need to be perfectly round and it makes them perfect every time!
Make fist sized balls with the dough (I got 7 of them) and roll out on a floured surface, about 1/4″ thick.  Gently peel up and scoop onto the gadget, fill with meat filling, sprinkle cheese, fold gadget over to seal.  Remove and place on parchment lined baking sheet.  *(If you don’t have a tart maker, then roll out, fill, fold over, cut to size, crimp and set on baking sheet.)  In a small bowl whip your egg and brush over each pastry after they’re all filled & ready to go.  
Beef tomato-potato Empanadas-eggwash
Bake in 350 oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve hot with a side salad or a vegetable dish!
Beef tomato-potato Empanadas-dish
Yummy puff pastry filled with a tender meat filling that has extra “oomph” of green tomatoes & potatoes!  Bet you’ll be making these again cause the house smelled fantastic & they were super good!

My sweet MIL is traveling to her place in Minnesota for the summer months so she & Lorrie, will be stopping by tomorrow. I have a great menu planned for their visit, just need a few items.  So off to the grocer and then chill-time for visiting!

I just love to spoil my peeps- don’t you?~


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