Ancho Chili Beef Empanadas

Ancho Chili Beef Empanadas

Ancho Chili Beef Empanadas

Print
Who doesn't love food that you can hold in your hand? The beauty of empanadas is that the rich, buttery dough can be filled with almost anything - sweet or savory. Our Ancho Chili Powder is mild-medium in heat and adds magnificent depth to the beef and vegetable filling we chose. Ancho chiles have a wonderful, darkly sweet flavor, so we added a little Alderwood Smoked Salt for just a touch of smoky contrast. They can be served either hot or at room temperature - we like ours with salsa, sour cream and a Hibiscus Margarita.
Yields
1 servings
Ancho Chili Beef Empanadas

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 4-1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons Pacific Flake Sea Salt 
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes and chilled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup ice water
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

For the Filling:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons Alderwood Smoked Salt 
  • 3 tablespoons Ancho Chili Powder, ground
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican Oregano 
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives

For the Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions

For The Dough:

Sift flour into a large bowl. Add salt and chilled, cubed butter. Using your fingertips or a pastry cutter, mix together until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, chilled water and vinegar, and add to flour mixture. Combine until well incorporated.

Empty onto a lightly floured surface and knead just enough to bring the dough together. Cut dough in half and form each half into a rectangle. Chill for at least 1 hour.

For the Filling:

In a heavy skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, red bell peppers and garlic and sauté until softened. Add Alderwood Smoked Salt, Ancho Chili Powder and Mexican Oregano, and sauté for about 1 minute.

Add ground beef, breaking up any lumps and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add olives and mix well. Taste for seasoning, adjusting as needed. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate until chilled.

To Assemble the Empanadas:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Remove chilled dough from the refrigerator. Cut each rectangle into 12 pieces, form into discs and cover with a towel. On a lightly floured surface, take one of the pieces and roll it out into a circle about 1/8 inch thick. Holding the circle in the palm of your hand, place 2 heaping teaspoons of the chilled filling in the center.

Fold the two edges of the circle together over the filling. Press the edges to seal. Using a fork dipped in flour, crimp the edges so the filling won't escape. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet.Repeat the process with the remaining dough and filling. Lightly brush the empanadas with egg wash.

Bake until golden, about 25 minutes. They are done if they sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.Transfer to a wire rack and cool for at least 5 minutes. Serve with salsa and sour cream.

Notes:

These empanadas freeze well, so make a bunch and plan to enjoy them another day, or surprise yourself at how quickly your guests devour the extras.

Flavor Alternatives

Also tasty with New Mexico Chili Powder or, for a little kick, try Chipotle Chili Powder, Chorizo Bomb or Berbere.

Ancho Chili Beef Empanadas

Ancho Chili Beef Empanadas

COOK TIME:

For the Dough:

  • 4-1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons Pacific Flake Sea Salt 
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes and chilled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup ice water
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

For the Filling:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons Alderwood Smoked Salt 
  • 3 tablespoons Ancho Chili Powder, ground
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican Oregano 
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives

For the Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water

For The Dough:

Sift flour into a large bowl. Add salt and chilled, cubed butter. Using your fingertips or a pastry cutter, mix together until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, chilled water and vinegar, and add to flour mixture. Combine until well incorporated.

Empty onto a lightly floured surface and knead just enough to bring the dough together. Cut dough in half and form each half into a rectangle. Chill for at least 1 hour.

For the Filling:

In a heavy skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, red bell peppers and garlic and sauté until softened. Add Alderwood Smoked Salt, Ancho Chili Powder and Mexican Oregano, and sauté for about 1 minute.

Add ground beef, breaking up any lumps and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add olives and mix well. Taste for seasoning, adjusting as needed. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate until chilled.

To Assemble the Empanadas:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Remove chilled dough from the refrigerator. Cut each rectangle into 12 pieces, form into discs and cover with a towel. On a lightly floured surface, take one of the pieces and roll it out into a circle about 1/8 inch thick. Holding the circle in the palm of your hand, place 2 heaping teaspoons of the chilled filling in the center.

Fold the two edges of the circle together over the filling. Press the edges to seal. Using a fork dipped in flour, crimp the edges so the filling won't escape. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet.Repeat the process with the remaining dough and filling. Lightly brush the empanadas with egg wash.

Bake until golden, about 25 minutes. They are done if they sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.Transfer to a wire rack and cool for at least 5 minutes. Serve with salsa and sour cream.

Notes:

These empanadas freeze well, so make a bunch and plan to enjoy them another day, or surprise yourself at how quickly your guests devour the extras.

Ancho Chili Beef Empanadas

Who doesn't love food that you can hold in your hand? The beauty of empanadas is that the rich, buttery dough can be filled with almost anything - sweet or savory. Our Ancho Chili Powder is mild-medium in heat and adds magnificent depth to the beef and vegetable filling we chose. Ancho chiles have a wonderful, darkly sweet flavor, so we added a little Alderwood Smoked Salt for just a touch of smoky contrast. They can be served either hot or at room temperature - we like ours with salsa, sour cream and a Hibiscus Margarita.
Shop the story

Leave a comment

Please note: comments must be approved before they are published.