New Mexico Empanadas

Teresa Morgan


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.

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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

How to Make New Mexico Empanadas


  • 1Pastry 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.

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About New Mexico Empanadas

Course/Dish: Pork
Regional Style: Mexican

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