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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.

Empanadas should be a staple in everybody’s menu because they are so unique and wonderful to cook and eat. You can enjoy one or two when you need a midnight snack, or serve them up at a brunch to accompany your eggs, or whatever you want. The beauty of empanadas is in their versatility, flexibility, uniqueness, and delicious taste and texture.

What’s Your Favorite Empanada Filling?


Easy Homemade Empanadas

When you want easy, quick, and delicious it does not get much better than ham and cheese empanadas. You can eat empanadas in almost any form and with a whole range of fillings, but ham and cheese is an easy win and you, your friends, and your kids will love them any time you want to serve them.

The following recipe will show you an easy and quick way to make great ham and cheese empanadas that will soon become a staple in your house. These you can make beforehand and freeze or make whenever you need and serve right away. As far as practical and affordable goes, empanadas are certainly a good choice.

After you have made these a few times, you can even try experimenting with other fillings, for instance substituting bacon for the ham or adding some sun dried tomatoes. Empanadas taste good with nearly any kind of filling, sweet, or savory, and you can try whatever you like. For now this recipe is an extremely easy one, but you can make empanadas at home in all sorts of ways, from sweet to savory to spicy. Follow this recipe at least once, but then feel free to experiment as desired.

Mexican Empanadas with Ham and Cheese
Summary: Try these fabulous Mexican ham and cheese empanadas and you will definitely be impressed and want to make more. The tasty pastry encloses a creamy ham and cheese filling.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: 12
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Cook time: 
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  • 6 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 oz shredded jack cheese
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • 8 oz chopped cooked ham
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 12 thawed empanada wrappers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  1. Heat the oil in a skillet, then sauté the parsley and onion for 3 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
  2. Take the pan off the heat and spoon the mixture into a bowl.
  3. When the mixture is cool, stir in the ham, egg, sour cream, breadcrumbs, cheese, and black pepper.
  4. Put 2 heaped tablespoons of this mixture into the middle of an empanada wrapper.
  5. Moisten the edge of the empanada wrapper using some of the egg and water mixture.
  6. Press the edges to seal and use a fork to crimp the outside.
  7. Pierce the top with a fork so steam can come out.
  8. Repeat until you have used all the empanada wrappers and filling.
  9. Chill the empanadas for half an hour.
  10. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  11. Brush some egg wash over the empanadas.
  12. Bake them on a baking paper-lined baking sheet near the top of the oven for 22 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Let them cool for 10 minutes before serving.


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You can see how attractive these little treats are. Empanadas come in many shapes and sizes and in Mexico they may be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or even served as dessert depending on the filling. Try this recipe if you like ham and cheese but are bored with standard ham and cheese sandwiches. The sour cream, onion, parsley, and other ingredients add plenty of flavor, complementing the ham and cheese, and the pastry turns golden brown and crispy when these are cooked. You will find this recipe very simple. Although you can buy frozen empanadas nothing tastes as good as homemade ones.

After You Have Made These A Few Times, You Can Even Try Experimenting With Other Fillings

How to Make Mexican Empanada Recipes Like a Pro

Empanadas are extremely versatile and yet delicious in all their forms. You can fill them with apples or chocolate for a decadent dessert, add salmon or veal for a more elegant and gourmet effect, or simply fill them up with the basics like chicken or potato for a more homey and comforting meal. Empanadas can be made with whatever filling the maker likes best, and if you do not know what that is, you can try until you find it out. Ham and cheese as an empanada filling will be a winner every time.

Ham and cheese is simply a winning combination that has been tried and proven for thousands of years. Ham and cheese goes back for a very long time, and anyone that has eaten a sandwich ever knows the true deliciousness of the combination. When you take that winning mixture, add some onions, parsley, and other ingredients to the mix, and stuff all of that into an empanada, well, you cannot do much better.

The best thing about empanadas is that anyone can make them if they have the right ingredients. Once you have a good recipe and follow it all the way through, you can be a pro at cooking them just by using someone else’s expertise. If you have never made an empanada before, go out, buy some puff pastry or empanada wrappers, and begin cooking, because you can do it even on the first try. Step out to try something new and you will see some great results.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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