Empanadas make a deliciously different lunch or dinner and need nothing more than a crisp green salad on the side. They’re also perfect for parties, right at home with other hot or cold appetizers. To make this recipe more quickly, substitute Mexican-style chorizo for the meat mixture. If you prefer, you can bake the empanadas instead of frying them…
Use Michelle's Empanada Dough Recipe or look for empanada shells—preferably muy hojadrosa (“very flaky”) style—at Latin markets, at gourmet food stores, and online.
Recipe courtesy of Chef Michelle Bernstein
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, toast the chiles (pasilla and guajillo), turning occasionally, until blistered and fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the chiles to a bowl of hot water, cover and set aside for 15 minutes.
- Remove the chiles from the water and stem and seed them. Place the chiles, 1 onion, 4 Tbs vinegar, and 2 cloves garlic in the bowl of a food processor or the jar of a blender and process to purée, scraping down the bowl or jar as needed.
- Transfer the chile mixture to a large bowl and add the ground pork, 1 Tbs paprika, 2 tsp oregano, 2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp coriander, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon, mixing until well combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight.