Fried Empanadas

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  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg (this will be beaten)
  • 1 cup of lard
  • 4 tablespoons of water

Make the Filling:

Finishing the Empanada:

  • 1/2 cup of lard
  • Prepared empanada filling
  • Prepared empanada dough


Step I

  1. Mix the flour and lard togther.
  2. Mix the egg thoroughly with a fork (or a mixer).
  3. Stir the egg in to the flour and lard mixture. Mix it in to a dough.
  4. Begin to add the water slowly, one spoonful at a time. Continue until you have a soft dough.
  5. Knead the dough until it is soft and elasticy.
  6. Let the dough sit for 25-35min.

Step II

  1. Cook the onions until they turn brown.
  2. Add the ground Beef to the onions, stir until it changes color.
  3. Add diced scallions, paprika and boiling (broth or water).
  4. Stir until the food forms a thick mixture.
  5. Remove from fire and let cool.
  6. Add chopped green olives, and thinly diced hard boiled eggs.

Step III

  1. Heat the lard in a large iron pan or skillet.
  2. Roll the empanada dough out flat. This can be done on any non-wood surface.
  3. Cut the dough into circles, a small soup bowl can help with the cutting.
  4. Add 1 abundant tablespoon of filling to each circle of dough.
  5. You are going to close the dough around the filling. Wet the edges with water and then press with your fingers to seal the empanada.
  6. Place the sealed empanadas in the hot iron pan and fry until lightly browned.