New Mexico Empanadas

Teresa Morgan Recipe

By Teresa Morgan alohaTeri


Christmas is right around the corner and I cant wait to help my mom make empanadas. she also makes them with dried fruits. I love our New mexico traditions.


pastry ingredients
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar
2 tablespoons very cold water or milk
1 tablespoon oil
1 egg, beaten with 2 tbs. water
4-oz. cream cheese at room temperature
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2-lb pork
1/2 teaspoon allspice
2 cups chopped raisins
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1 cup pinon nuts or other nuts

Directions Step-By-Step

Pastry Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a fork, combine the butter and cream cheese. Sift flour over this mixture. Add baking powder, vinegar and water or milk and combine with fork. With generously floured hands, work the dough until you have a smooth resilient ball. 3 to 4 minutes, but keep working the flour into the other ingredients until the dough suddenly holds together. Flour both the table and your rolling pin. Roll out dough and cut out circles. Oil cookie sheets and place circles or sheets, add 1 heaping teaspoon of filling and carefully fold over and crimp with fork and moistening the edge with egg glaze. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Filling Directions:

Boil pork. When thoroughly cooked, put in food processor until meat is shredded. Add Raisins, applesauce, sugar, nuts and spices. Mix well and proceed with direction in Empanada Pastry recipe.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pork
Regional Style: Mexican

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Beatrice Abfalter Beas
Feb 11, 2014
My friend from ALaska Fishing REcipes, passed away suddenly last night, she was a great friend to know, a couple of summers ago we met on line, we were suffering the same symptoms, concerning our feet, then our legs, hers turned out to be serious and she wound up in a wheel chair, she was a great helper to me, and I will miss her, I dont know details yet, but her last post disturbed me, as she said, I'm sorry I just cant't.... That was it..her family will post when I do know, her name ..Marni, please take a moment and remeber her and her family..
Feb 10, 2014 - Bobby Webb shared this recipe with discussion group: "EVERYTHING MEXICAN" (PLEASE, Mexican foods and drinks ONLY)
Mar 20, 2011 - Bea L. shared this recipe with discussion groups: BREADS AND BISCUITS! CHATTERBOX I NEED a Picture to Cook!!! What's Cookin' Today?
Beatrice Abfalter Beas
Nov 8, 2010
Hi Teresa, it's me, Bea, we talked about fry bread...remember...these look really good and sound tasty too.Hope to figure a way to make them as I dont have a food processor.
Robin DuPree robdupree
Oct 30, 2010
Your empanada presentation is beautiful...Great recipe...I can't wait to try your recipe..