Argentinian beef empanadas, delicious!
You won’t be able to presume of having tasted the best of Argentina until you try these Argentinian beef empanadas. What are you waiting for?
There are hundreds, or even thousands, different types of empanadas in the world. There are so many different ones that it would be almost impossible to number them all. But if there is a country that stands out for its many different styles, it is Argentina. In addition to the famous ham and cheese empanadas we have already prepared in this blog, you can find them with other fillings. For example, chicken, vegetables, corn, cheese, tuna, etc. Although, to be honest, the most famous are the Argentinean beef empanadas.
The truth is these empanadas have been gaining popularity over the years. Nowadays, it is not surprising to find them in specialized establishments. Moreover, you can find them in Argentinian restaurants such as La Cabaña or El Camoatí. To me, there’s no need to eat out to try them because their preparation, although laborious, is quite simple. So, do you dare to prepare some delicious Argentinian beef empanadas at home? Continue reading this recipe!
Ingredients to prepare Argentinian beef empanadas for 4 persons
- 1 large onion
- 2 small spring onions
- 1 red bell pepper
- 4 eggs
- 600 grams of minced beef
- Black pepper
- Sweet paprika
- White wine
- Green olives
- Raisins (optional)
- 20 empanada dough shells
Preparation of the ingredients
- Chop the onion as fine as possible.
- As in the previous step, chop the spring onions.
- Cut the red bell pepper into small cubes.
- Meanwhile, boil 3 eggs.
Cooking the filling for Argentinian beef empanadas
- Meanwhile, sauté the onion and spring onions over medium heat.
- Once the vegetables become soft, add the red bell pepper and continue cooking over medium heat. When they are ready, remove them from the pan and save them for later.
- Now it is time to prepare the meat. Season it with a pinch of black pepper, cumin, sweet paprika, and salt to your taste. Remember that it is better to add the ingredients gradually so as not to overdo it and get too intense and undesired flavors. Stir well and cook until it changes color.
- Then add the vegetables. Pour half a glass of white wine and let it reduce over medium heat until it has evaporated completely.
- Meanwhile, chop a bunch of green olives.
- Now, you should have had the hard-boiled eggs ready for a while. Peel and chop them as finely as you can.
- To finish the Argentinian beef empanadas filling, mix all the ingredients and let them rest for a few minutes. In the meantime, turn the oven on at 180º.
Making the Argentinian beef empanadas
- Now spread out an empanada dough shell and place one or two tablespoons of the filling over it. If you want, add a couple of raisins for each one. This ingredient will give them a sweet touch that you will surely love.
- Afterward, close the empanada dough shell folding it through the middle, keeping the content in the center. Then, turn the edges over themselves to seal the empanada, starting from one of the extremes. In this way, it will not open during baking, so the juice of the filling will not be spilled. Be careful not to break them!
Baking the Argentinian beef empanadas
- Once you finish making all the empanadas, place them on a sheet of baking paper on a large baking tray. Paint them with egg and bake them for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Finally, remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. And that’s it, let’s eat!
Result: mouth-watering Argentinean beef empanadas
As you may have already noticed, preparing Argentinian beef empanadas is a laborious process that requires some time, but the result is worth it! Besides being delicious, empanadas are a versatile food that easily adapts to any situation. You can eat them hot or cold, for lunch or dinner. You can even take them with you to eat them anywhere without problems.
Also, one of the most appealing things about this recipe is that it accepts wide variations in its ingredients and cooking methods. You can find them with green peppers, cooked with red wine, stuffed with potatoes, etc. You can even fry them instead of baking them! In fact, the fried version of Argentine beef empanadas is the most widespread.
So why do I cook them in the oven? While it is true that frying them makes them tastier, in the end, that makes them more caloric and heavier. Therefore, you will only be able to eat just a few. On the contrary, baking Argentinian beef empanadas will make them much lighter, so you will eat lots of them.
Now that you know how to prepare Argentine meat empanadas, why don’t you try to prepare other recipes from the same country? If you don’t know where to start, I suggest these spectacular milanesas a la napolitana. I’m sure you’ll love them!
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