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.
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.
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!