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Every year we're invited to a football party to watch the playoffs, and even though I don't really watch the game, I love eating and socializing, like any other Argentinean, hehe. Most of my friends aren't Latinos, so I love making recipes with some Hispanic flavor. Empanadas are always a hit, and I thought to turn it up a notch this time adding some yummy El Yucateco Habanero hot sauce to make some spicy beef empanadas to share with my friends.

I also love to bring some drinks to share. This time I will be bringing my favorite, Coke Zero, some
regular Coke and Sprite. Empanadas, pizza and appetizers always go great with a cold Coca-Cola. 
I went to Northgate Gonzalez market to get the ingredients for this recipe. When you buy 2 Coca-Cola 1.5 liter products and 2 El Yucateco Hot Sauce products you get $2.00 off you deli/meat order! Besides, Northgate Gonzalez has a huge fresh produce selection and super affordable meats.

Talking about a cold Coca-Cola brings me so many memories. Summer in Buenos Aires is so hot that sometimes you really crave one. I remember one day in High School, we were in class, and this guy who never said much, all of the sudden he says: "I really feel like drinking a Cocucha suuuuper cold". Cocucha, he meant a Coca-Cola, he did tend to change the name of things. We cracked up.

Ok, now on to the...


1 lb of ground meat (yields 30 empanadas)
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
3 garlic cloves
1 yellow onion
Oregano (dried of fresh, I used dried)
Parsley (dried of fresh)
Three hard boiled eggs (optional)
Sliced green olives (optional)
Garlic Salt, or regular salt, and pepper
Olive oil for sauteing
2 tbsp or more of El Yucateco Habanero hot sauce (red)
30 empanada dough rounds.

This is where it gets tricky here in the US. Most Hispanic markets like Northgate Gonzalez would have them, check if you have one close by. Also, some Persian markets as well.

They could look like this:

For those in South Orange County, you can get them at Villa Roma Market, on La Paz and Mcintyre. 
 If not, here's an easy recipe to make them yourself. 

Here's how you prepare the empanadas:

In a pan heat the olive oil. Dice the vegetables and the garlic as small as you'd like them (each family has it's own preference on the size of certain veggies) and saute them until almost gold and soft. Add the ground beef and cook on medium heat until thoroughly cooked.
Add spices and salt. When you add the hot sauce, start with little and add once you taste it.
Once cooked, let cool down. Chop hard boiled eggs and add to the beef with the olives.

Have a bowl of water close to you.
Separate each dough round and place on your palm. Place a spoonful of beef mix on the center of dough. Place your fingers on the water and dab on the borders of the dough so that it closes well. Close dough in half so that it looks like a half moon and then, you can do the famous repulgue.
Here's a video how from All about empanadas You Tube channel.

Grease a pan lightly with olive oil, place the empadas and  bake in the oven for 25 mins or until golden at 400. Enjoy!
For more recipes using El Yucateco Habanero hot sauce, check here!


Talita said...

Esas empanadas deben estar muy sabrosas, ¡un espectàculo! como dirìamos los argentinos.

Adrianas Best Recipes said...

Love empanadas and more if those are empanadas argentinas so good! Thanks for participating in this shop #client