Chilean-Style Empanadas de Pino

Chilean style beef empanadas recipe

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  • Total: 65 mins
  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 18 empanadas (18 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
252 Calories
10g Fat
22g Carbs
20g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 18 empanadas (18 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 564mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 20g
Calcium 76mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

In Chile, the most traditional empanada filling is called "pino," which is a seasoned mixture of ground beef, onions, raisins and black olives and are topped with hard-boiled eggs.

Empanada dough is quick and easy to make and can be prepared ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Pino tastes best if it's made the day before and allowed to rest overnight before filling the empanadas. The more you can do ahead of time, the easier it is!

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Ingredients

  • For the Empanada Dough
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chilled butter
  • 12 tablespoons chilled lard or vegetable shortening
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3/4 to 1 cup water
  • For the Beef Filling
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 large onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 beef bouillon cube (dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup black olives, chopped
  • For Assembly
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this empanada dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and baking.

Make the Empanada Dough

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for empanada
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  2. Sift the flour into a bowl and then stir in 1 teaspoon of the salt and the sugar.

    Sift flour
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  3. Blend the butter and shortening (or lard) into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter, or with two knives, until fairly well blended.

    Blend butter
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  4. Whisk the egg yolks with 3/4 cups water.

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  5. Stir in the 1/2 cup of the water-egg mixture, a little bit at a time, until the dough starts to come together smoothly.

    Stir in butter
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  6. Keep kneading the dough, adding more of the water-egg mixture as needed (you may need a few tablespoons extra of water), until the dough is smooth. The dough will seem a bit saggy until it has thoroughly chilled.

    Dough
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  7. Taste for salt and add more if needed.

    Salt
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  8. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour. The dough can also be kept in the fridge for up to two days. When ready to use, the dough should be soft and smooth, not elastic. If you poke a hole in the dough with your finger, the indentation should remain.

    Plastic wrap
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Prepare the Beef Filling

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Melt the vegetable oil and butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. 

    Oil
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  3. Add the chopped onions and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are softened and fragrant. 

    Onions
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  4. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.

    Onions
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  5. Add the ground beef, cumin, chili powder, paprika, beef bouillon, and salt and pepper to taste.

    Beef in pan
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  6. Cook the beef, stirring and crumbling the meat with a spatula, until well-browned.

    Beef
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  7. Add the flour and continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

    Add the flour
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  8. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir the raisins and black olives into the beef mixture.

    Berries
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  9. Let the filling cool completely. The filling will keep up for up to two days in the refrigerator.

    Add filling
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Assemble the Empanadas

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Eggs
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  2. Separate the empanada dough into golf-ball-size pieces and roll into smooth balls.

    Ball dough
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  3. Let the dough balls rest for 5 minutes.

    Set timer
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  4. On a floured surface, roll each ball of dough into a 6-inch circle about 1/4-inch thick.

    Roll out dough
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  5. Add 1 tablespoon of the ​beef filling and a slice of hardboiled egg to the middle of the circle.

    Add filling
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  6. Brush the edges with water and fold the pastry in half over the filling to make a semi-circle.

    Fold empanada
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  7. Seal the edges by pressing down with your fingers.

  8. Brush the sealed edge lightly with water, then turn the edge toward the middle and press with your fingers to seal.

    Wrap empanada
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  9. Mix the egg yolk with 2 tablespoons milk and brush the empanadas with the mixture.

    Brush
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  10. Bake at 350 F for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

    Bake empanadas
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  11. Serve and enjoy!

    Serve empanadas
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