Kid-Friendly Empanada Recipe From Chef’s Academy

by | Mar 2024

Photo: Chris Emeott

This recipe was part of the Cinco de Mayo theme during Minnetonka Community Ed’s Chef’s Academy.



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 6 Tbsp. water

Sweet Filling

  • 2 ½ cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg

Savory Filling

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 8 oz. tomato paste
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 lb. lean steak, cut into 1-inch cubes

Dough: In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in the shortening until the pieces are the size of small peas. Add a small amount of water to slightly moisten. Form dough into a ball, and roll out the dough to about 1/8-inch thick. Cut into 4-inch circles, and lightly flour both sides of the circles.

Sweet Filling: In a saucepan, combine fruit, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Heat over medium heat until hot, thoroughly mixing.

Savory Filling: In a medium skillet, sauté the onion and green pepper in olive oil. Add tomato paste, water and vinegar; cook for 20 minutes. Add meat; coat thoroughly with sauce. Cook until meat is cooked through.

Place a large spoonful of one of the above mixtures to the center of a dough circle. Place another circle on top; press to seal. Bake at 375 degrees F until golden brown.


Pin It on Pinterest

Share This