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Empanada Dough

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Serves 10-12 | Prep Time 15/1 hour rest | Cook Time 3-5

Why I Love This Recipe

You know I love Mexican food! I was working in an office and my coworker was from Mexico and she was always bringing in wonderful food. One day, she brought in a spicy chicken empanada. It was heavenly. I asked for the dough recipe and she didn't know so I looked up a few and this one is my favorite! Turns out the coworker would go to a woman's house and bring back food :) I

These are so easy and you can make them savory or sweet.

Ingredients You'll Need

•3 cups flour (plus a little more for kneading)
•1 teaspoon salt
•1/2 cup cold water
•1 egg
•1 egg white
•1 teaspoon vinegar
•3 tablespoons shortening (I used butter flavored, same kind I use when I make flour tortillas)


1. In a bowl, beat the water, egg, egg white and vinegar together. Set aside.

2. In a separate bowl, mix together the 3 cups of flour and salt.

3. Cut the shortening into the flour mix with a pastry blender or two butter knives. Make a well in the center of the flour mix and pour the liquid ingredients from the first bowl into the center.

4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients with a fork until it becomes stiff.

5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead it just until all the flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth.

6. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, but never more than 24 hours.

7. After resting period, you are ready to make empanadas! Roll out into 6" circle and fill with your favorite type of filling. ( usually go for shredded chicken and Mexican melting cheese. )

8. Crimp the edges with a fork and place in a pan of hot oil. Fry until golden brown and then turn. Drain on paper towels and enjoy!

Tip: If you want to keep the dough longer than 24 hours, you can freeze it.

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