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Picadillo Empanadas of the Immaculate Conception

Picadillo Empanadas of the Immaculate Conception

Empanadas de Picadillo de la Inmaculada Concepción

Recipe Yield

15 medium empanadas

Cooking time

1 hour 5 minutes

Rate this recipe

3.92 from 25 votes

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 8 oz, about 185 g cream cheese or fresh nata at room temperature
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds

For the picadillo (makes about 4 cups):

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 1 lb pork shoulder or butt or combination of pork, beef and veal, ground
  • 3/4 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • 1 lb ripe tomatoes pureed, or about 2 cups tomato puree
  • 2 cups chicken broth or water
  • Pinch of cumin
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon ground
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds lightly toasted
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup Manzilla olives chopped

To Prepare

To make the dough:

  • Beat the cream cheese with the butter in a mixer at medium speed, until it is creamy. Gently add the flour and salt and continue mixing for a minute more. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute. Form the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate from 15 minutes up to 24 hours.
  • After refrigerating, sprinkle flour over the countertop and roll out half the dough until its about 1/4 inch thick. For medium sized empanadas, cut out rounds of 4 to 5 inches in diameter. Continue until all of the dough is used.
  • Grease a baking sheet with butter. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the picadillo filling into the center of each round. Brush the edges of the round with the beaten egg. Fold a side of the circle over the filling across the other side. Press with your fingers as you close. Without breaking the dough, press with a fork over the edges to seal and make a design.
  • Place the empanadas on the baking sheet. When you fill the baking sheet, lightly brush their tops with the lightly beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Bake the empanadas anywhere from 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops have a golden tan and dough is cooked through. Serve hot.

To make the picadillo:

  • Heat olive oil in a large saute pan set over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for a couple of minutes, until it becomes translucent and soft. Incorporate chopped garlic and saute for about a minute until it becomes fragrant. Incorporate the meat and the salt and let it cook for about 8 minutes, until cooked and lightly browned.
  • Pour in tomato puree and let it season, stirring often, for 5 to 6 minutes, until it has deepened its color, thickened in consistency and lost the raw flavor. Pour in the chicken broth or water, cumin, cloves and cinnamon. Stir well and let it cook 15 minutes more.
  • Add the raisins, almond and olives, mix well and taste for seasoning. Cook for 5 more minutes. If needed, add more salt. The filling should be nice and moist.
  • Just remember, once it cools, it will dry a little more as it will absorb the juices. Turn off the heat. You can make the filling up to two days ahead of time, let it cool, cover and refrigerate.

Comments

48comments inPicadillo Empanadas of the Immaculate Conception

  1. Cecilia Mendez

    Aug 25

    I have to try making them. Thank you for the receipe.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      My pleasure Cecilia!

  2. kittylong@outlook.com

    Aug 22

    Hi Pati! I am truly addicted to your shows. I was born in Mexico City, moved to the USA when I married, and I have lived here for the past 56 years. I love to cook, something I learned as a young bride, I never had the opportunity to cook whilst at home, as you know many households have cooks. My husband was so patient and loved everything I “tried cooking” even if was bad! Therefore, it gave me the opportunity to learn to cook and experience different cuisines of the world. Mexican cooking is so versatile and has outstanding dishes!

    I made the empanadas, and we all loved them: absolutely delicious, and thinking of making a recipe going back to 1540 made by nuns made it even more special. A few points – reading the recipe, I decided not to add the extra broth, I was concerned it will make it too soupy. If I should have done so, please advise. Cutting the circles, I should have cut them to your specifications to four to five inches, mine were smaller. Now I have leftovers of the delicious picadillo – I will use this to make chiles poblanos and BTW, I love the recipe from your book “Mexican Today.” Felicidades Pati!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      As long as you guys loved the empanadas as you made them, by all means stick to your recipe Kitty. Chiles rellenos is a great idea for picadillo left overs, yum!

  3. Richard Bueller

    Aug 21

    Haven’t made anything yet. This will be my first time cooking this ethnic type of food since my wife of 50 yrs. Passed away from Covid and l definitely need to add spice to my life. Not burning spicy because l enjoy the flavor coming through especially a good sauce.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      You will love these empanadas Richard because they are not spicy at all but still full of flavor!. Un abrazo and my condolences on the passing of your wife.

  4. Paula

    Aug 21

    Dear Pati, I made this recipe yesterday, and we shared with the neighbors, everyone loves these empanadas. This was a very easy and tasty meal. Thank you for sharing your recipes, I have made at least a dozen of your recipes. Love your cooking and watch your videos all the time.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      Thanks so much for following Paula, and for spreading the love 😉

  5. Irma Martínez

    Aug 19

    ¡Hola! ¿Se podrían hacer estas empanadas con harina sin gluten o con masa de maíz? Se ven muy ricas

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      Claro que si Irma, si las haces cuentame como te salen!

  6. Magda

    Aug 19

    Hola Paty!
    Me encanta ver tus programas, no me los pierdo. No solo aprendo platillos diferentes, también aprendí a conocer mas Mexico.
    Saludos

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      Muchas gracias Magda, que alegria que disfrutes el programa, te mando un abrazo!

  7. EMAZBILL@ATT.NET

    Aug 19

    CAN THESE BE MADE WITH PUFF PASTRY?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      They could of course, let me know how they come out!

  8. Anonymous

    Aug 19

    Vamos a cocinar este fin de semana , gracias por la receta.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      Espero que hayan disfrutado las empanadas!

  9. Carole

    Aug 19

    I am looking forward to making your recipe for empanadas. I have really enjoyed making recipes from you Pati, and these empanadas look amazing. Thank you so much for your emails to me way down in Western Australia, I always watch your shows and enjoy seeing you cook with your boys. Family is everything.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      Thanks for watching all the way in Australia! Un abrazo, Carole 😉

  10. Jodi Marie Martin

    Aug 18

    Wow, the history of empanadas, very impressive, and thoroughly interesting, best of all the receipes sound delicious….thanks for sharing

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      My pleasure Jodi!

  11. Anonymous

    Aug 18

    Great recipe, We made picadillo for dinner last night to eat with white rice and cassava boiled. We have leftovers so we are going to make these. For Holidays I will try with the pork. Love cooking love your show ❤️

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      Thanks so much, left over picadillo is perfect for empanadas!

  12. Diane R

    Aug 18

    I wonder if I could make the dough gluten-free with rice, almond, coconut or cassava flour?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      I do not see why not Diane!

  13. Anonymous

    Aug 18

    Gracias por la receta esas empanadas tienen una pinta yumy yumy las prepararé este fin de semana tu muy bien Paty saluditos

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      Espero que te hayan gustado!

  14. Beth

    Aug 18

    😋 These are delicious Pati! Question: Can the Baked Empanadas be frozen? How to Reheat? Thanks!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      They can be frozen and then just thaw and reheat in the oven when ready to serve them. However, I would recommend to freeze them before baking and then bake when you want to eat them 🙂

  15. Graciela Roriguez

    Aug 18

    I’m from Mexico City live in the USA many years ago I love empanadas, but we are Gluten Free, do you think I can make it just substitute the regular flour for GF flour?, I will appreciate your comment, thank you

    Graciela

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      I have not made them that way, but I don’t see why you couldn’t, go for it Graciela 😉

  16. Karren La Puma

    Jun 22

    Not sure what I did wrong , but I had twice the amount of filling than I could use for the pastry recipe. Also I did not add the broth because the meat mixture was so soupy. I think the tomatoes were very juicy. I have a lot of filling, so I think tomorrow I will make another batch of pastry and put together and freeze the empanadas for later. Filling is delicious, just the proportions were off. We will see how they taste Ina few minutes. Love watching your show.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 23

      Glad you liked the Picadillo Karren, with leftovers you can always serve them on top of rice the next day or with pasta for a Mexican style Bolognese. Picadillo is also great in tacos or tostadas, it is really a very versatile recipe, enjoy!

  17. Bob

    Jun 21

    These are excellent

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 23

      So happy you liked them Bob!

  18. Maria Teresa Escobar

    Apr 10

    Me encantan las empanadas y esta es una exquisita receta.Espero poder prepararlas corr3ctamente y disfrutarlas con la familia,en el fin de semana.
    Mil gracias Pati,Yo siempre veo todos tus programas cuando salen en TV y hasta he grabado tus episodios.
    Eres una magnífica Chef,hermosa y talentosa.( Y me encanta ver cuando cocina JuJu..)

    Abrazos y éxito siempre.
    Atte.Maria Ateresa Escobar

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 12

      Muchisimas gracias por tus lindas palabras MAria Teresa, abrazos para ti y para tu familia, espero que disfruten las empanadas 🙂

  19. Steve Gutierrez

    Jan 29

    Hola! Wondering if this dough os ok for frying? Was thinking of making some sweet empanadas like sweet potato/pecans or pineapple or is there a different dough recipe?
    Watch your show on Create whenever I get the chance.
    Thanks.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      Hi Steve, this dough is yummy with a sweet filling because it has some tartness due to the nata. I also have another dough recipe that is perfect for sweet empanadas, here it is in case you want to try it: https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/five-spice-pecan-plum-empanadas/

  20. David

    Dec 21

    Pati, just curious. Can you tell us more about the “Immaculate Conception” in the title. Is this recipe from a church or where?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      Of course David, in this other post your can read more about this story, have fun! https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/empanadas/

  21. Elizabeth, North Dakota

    Feb 10

    Oh my goodness, Pati! These were the most delicious, rich, sweet and savory empanadas I have ever had! SOOOOO good, thank you!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 10

      Glad to hear you loved them Elizabeth!

  22. Jon & Bry

    Jan 03

    We are making the picadillo tomorrow for tacos. Hola from Austin, TX!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 04

      Hola Jon and Bry in Austin! Enjoy the tacos.

  23. Carolina Peraza

    Dec 09

    Mil gracias, Pati!
    Saludos afectuosos desde el estado de Carolina del Norte…
    Nos gustaría tener la receta de las empanadas de dulce de coco que hacen en Mérida, Yucatán. Sabes cómo preparar el dulce de coco para rellenar las empanadas?

    1. Pati

      Dec 22

      Espero suibir esta receta pronto!

  24. Chef Cesar A. Ramos del Campo

    Dec 06

    I prepare this empanadas and are to die for
    Thanks Pati

    1. Pati

      Dec 06

      Thank YOU Cesar!

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