Pumpkin Empanadas with Smoked Bacon & Cotija

Pumpkin Empanadas With Smoked Bacon & Cotija Recipe

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From Auburn Meadow Farm. The site referencec the dough recipe via Smitten Kitten. Be sure to read *Notes below before starting. The original recipe specified in the ingredient's list for fresh roasted pumpkin. After the Holidays (Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year's) I stock up on canned organic pumpkin puree when it's on sale-typically around ninety cents per can and use it for all types of recipes throughout the year.

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Yield about 16-18 empanadas
30 Min
45 Min


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4 1/2 c
unbleached flour (i used pastry flour and replaced 1/2 c. with whole wheat pastry flour)
2 tsp
2 stick
butter (equal to 1 cup) (read *notes below)
2 large
2 Tbsp
distilled white vinegar
2/3 c
ice water


2 Tbsp
olive oil, lard or other oil/fat, melted
1 large
onion, peeled and minced
2 clove
garlic, peeled and minced
2 tsp
ancho chili powder (which replaced one roasted poblano)
1/8 tsp
ground cloves or ground allspice
1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon (scant)
2 Tbsp
apple cider vinegar
4 slice
smoked bacon, cut up into small pieces
2 can(s)
(15 ounces each) pumpkin puree
1/2 c
cotija cheese, crumbled
1/4 tsp

How to Make Pumpkin Empanadas with Smoked Bacon & Cotija


  • 1*Note: for the fat I used a combination of butter, olive oil, coconut oil and rendered bacon fat.
  • 2DOUGH IN A FOOD PROCESSOR: Add the flour and salt to the processor bowl. Blend. Add the fat (butter, oil, lard of combo). Process on PULSE. Now add the eggs and vinegar. Blend. With the motor running, slowly start pouring the ice water through the feed tube and process until the dough forms into a ball. Remove, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • 3FILLING: In a heavy skillet, gently sautè minced onion and garlic in the oil/lard until browned. Add the spices, vinegar and smoked bacon pieces; warm through.

    Set filling aside to cool. I prepared the filling the day before serving the empanadas.
  • 4Once the onion/spice mixture is cooled down, transfer to a mixing bowl; stir together with the pumpkin puree and cotija cheese. Mix gently until just combined.
  • 5ASSEMBLING THE EMPANADAS: Place racks in upper and lower thirds of your oven and preheat to 400º F.
  • 6Divide the dough into about 16 balls. On a floured board use a rolling pin to flatten the dough into a roughly 5" circle (I used a tortilla press).
  • 7For each circle, spoon about 2 tablespoons of the filling. Close up into a half moon shape and seal the edges with a fork. Arrange the empanadas singly on a parchment lined jelly roll pan.
  • 8Bake for about 30 minutes or until light brown.

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About Pumpkin Empanadas with Smoked Bacon & Cotija

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Mexican

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