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Authentic Chiapas Pork Empanadas

This recipe comes from Chiapas, a Mexican state. Chiapas cuisine is a mixture between indigenous and European influences, similar to most Mexican cuisine, but Chiapas food retains a lot of its indigenous heritage, including the use of the chipilín herb and hoja santa in local soups and tamales. Chiapas cuisine does not use as many chilies as in other provinces though. In fact, locals prefer sweet food to the spicy alternatives. A lot of the state is suitable for raising cattle, which is why beef is popular in this region, and plenty of cheese is produced.

There are plenty of tamale recipes from Chiapas, as well as the beef and dairy delicacies. Chiapas cuisine is not as well-known as, for example, Oaxacan cuisine (Oaxaca is right next door) but it is worth exploring. The following recipe shows you how to make empanadas in the typical Chiapas style. These are amazing served for lunch or even late supper, and you can use any leftover roast meat to make them. The dough is homemade and you can use pork lard for authentic results, or unsalted butter if you prefer. Grind the spices using a spice grinder, mortar or molcajete.

The dough for these empanadas is made with flour, butter, egg, water and salt, while the filling is made with pork, onion, tomatoes and spices. Despite making your own dough, these are incredibly simple to prepare, and it is well worth making them from scratch, the dough included. You can either use a food processor to make the dough or mix the ingredients by hand. Then you need to roll it out and you can freeze it for future use or fill it with the filling, as you prefer. The filling is similarly easy to prepare and you do not need many ingredients. Fill them and press them closed, perhaps using a fork, and then apply egg wash to ensure they come out of the oven golden brown. Continue reading

Mexican Empanada Recipes

What Makes Mexican Empanada Recipes So Wonderfully Unique

Our Mexican Empanadas Recipes are a traditional food in many Latin countries, especially Argentina and Mexico. They can be found in most other countries as well, sometimes as empanadas and sometimes with different names, but always delicious, filling, and tasty. If you have never tried an empanada then you are missing out on one of life’s greatest pleasures.

What makes Mexican empanadas such a great option is their versatility. Not many foods can be eaten either as a dessert, snack, appetizer, or entire meal, and empanadas are a food that fulfills all of these requirements. They are extremely flexible and can be served at any time a snack or meal is needed. Especially if you have some ready ahead of time they can be an extremely practical meal choice in an emergency.

Not only that, but empanadas are so unique because they can be filling with almost anything. You like fish? Fill them with tuna, salmon, or oysters, or anything else you feel like putting in there. Prefer the basics? Well, go with a delicious ham and cheese or chicken empanada filling. Need a quick dessert? Fill some empanadas with blueberry, chocolate, or apples, and you have your dessert ready for you. Continue reading

Around the World Recipe Ideas Chile Empanadas

Empanadas are not actually a Mexican dish originally; the dish is actually European in origin, coming from Spain and Portugal and arriving in the Americas along with Spanish explorers. They have become a popular dish in many of the cuisines of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean since, having caught on quickly.

After all, an empanada can be filled with almost any filling you like; cheese, meats, vegetables and even fruit for dessert empanadas. You will find almost as many empanada recipes as there are cooks, but this corn and poblano empanada recipe is one which is especially delicious.

Corn is of course a classic ingredient in Mexican cuisine, as are Poblano peppers. This recipe is very simple and if you prefer to add more spices or hot peppers to give these empanadas more of a kick, then you can definitely do so – the recipe is very forgiving that way. Continue reading

Cheese and Corn Mexican Empanada Recipes

Mexican empanada recipes are popular everywhere but they do vary from place to place, both in terms of the dough and the fillings. If you like authentic Mexican recipes, you might like to make this empanada recipe. The empanadas are medium sized and round, making them ideal for a satisfying lunch. You can also get mini empanadas, which are usually in a half moon shape, but if you like, the sound of a big, flavorful empanada, this recipe will not disappoint you.

The empanada dough recipe is a simple combination of flour, butter, water and salt and you will not have any problems making it. The filling is delicious and contains cream, cheese, and even sugar. The sugar brings out the sweetness of the corn. The poblano chili gives the recipe a kick, which is typical of Mexican empanada recipes, and the scallions give bite and flavor also.

You can serve these delicious Mexican empanadas piping hot from the oven or chilled and their Mexican cheese and corn filling is ideal for vegetarians or to make a change from meat empanadas. The creamy, cheesy filling is so good and kids will love these just as much as the adults. Continue reading

Fried Beef Empanada Recipe

Empanadas are a staple in Mexico and you can get savory empanadas such as chicken or beef and sweet ones such as pumpkin or apple. Empanadas can be baked or fried but fried empanadas, like in the following recipe, are especially crunchy and tasty. These Mexican beef empanadas feature egg, spices, and raisins. Serve empanadas hot, warm, or chilled. They are good for boxed lunches and you can even eat one for breakfast or as a snack.

When making empanadas it is nice to make the pastry yourself, as well as the filling. Do not worry if you have not made pastry before because it is easy enough to do. The raisins, egg, beef, and other ingredients used for the filling are delicious too. Try eating just one of these empanadas – you will definitely want another! One is never enough because these are so delicious.

Empanadas from Chile are similar but Mexican empanadas are more likely to be spiced up with hot chili powder. The oregano also adds flavor. If you like traditional Mexican recipes, try making these delicious beef empanadas for your family. They will definitely love them and ask you to make them again and again. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

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