Any combination of ground meat with added flavorful ingredients make great empanadas. Add seasonings of your choice. The hotter the better!

  • 1/2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 pounds lean ground beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (hot or smoky)
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 hard cooked egg, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely diced green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped green olive

In a large saucepan, heat oil. Add onion and cook until translucent. Remove from pan and set aside. Add ground beef to skillet and cook until brown.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add cumin and paprika.

In a large bowl, combine reserved onions, ground beef, raisins, egg, green onions, and green olives. Stir to mix. Cover and refrigerate until completely chilled. (It is easier to fill the empanadas if the filling is cold.) Makes 4 cups.

Spoon a few tablespoons of filling on one half of each empanada. Fold over and moisten the edges with a small amount of water. Press dough firmly together with your fingers or a fork. Place on greased baking sheet. Brush with a small amount of oil or with a beaten egg wash.

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Bake for 5 ? 10 minutes or just until golden brown.

Serves 15

Nutritional Information per serving (3 tablespoons):

  • Calories 75
  • Fat, gm. 2
  • Protein, gm. 6
  • Carbs, gm. 8
  • Cholesterol, mg. 30
  • Fiber, gm. .6

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Donna L. Weihofen, R.D., M.S. Nutritionist, University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics