Recipe For Empanadas Colombianas

recipe for empanadas colombianas

As a food lover and a professional writer, I always try new recipes and share them with others. I recently tasted Empanadas Colombianas and fell in love with them. I decided to make this article to share my recipe with you all.

Recipes Information

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Recipe Category: Appetizer
  • Recipe Cuisine: Colombian
  • Aggregate Rating: 4.8/5


  • 2 cups of precooked yellow cornmeal
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 diced tomato
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of cumin
  • 2 tablespoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil for frying


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat. Add diced onion and tomato and cook until soft.
  2. Add 1 pound of ground beef to the pan and cook until brown.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of cumin, 2 tablespoons of salt, and 1 teaspoon of black pepper. Mix well and set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of precooked yellow cornmeal, 2 cups of water, and 1 beaten egg. Mix until it forms a dough.
  5. Divide the dough into 12 equal parts and roll them into balls.
  6. Place each ball between two pieces of plastic wrap and flatten them with a rolling pin to form a circle.
  7. Place a spoonful of the beef mixture in the center of each circle.
  8. Fold the circle in half and seal the edges with your fingers.
  9. Heat 1 cup of vegetable oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat. Fry the empanadas until golden brown on both sides.
  10. Remove the empanadas from the pan and place them on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
  11. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.

Nutritions Table

Nutrition Information Amount per serving
Calories 217
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 27mg
Sodium 610mg
Total Carbohydrate 14g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 6g

Recipes FAQ

  • What is Empanadas Colombianas?
    Empanadas Colombianas are fried pastries filled with beef, potatoes, and spices.
  • Can I use chicken instead of beef?
    Yes, you can use chicken or any other meat of your choice.
  • What dipping sauce goes well with Empanadas Colombianas?
    Traditionally, Aji sauce is served with Empanadas Colombianas. However, you can also use any other dipping sauce of your choice.
  • Can I bake Empanadas Colombianas instead of frying them?
    Yes, you can bake them in the oven at 375°F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Can I freeze Empanadas Colombianas?
    Yes, you can freeze them after frying or before frying. To reheat, bake them in the oven at 375°F for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
  • How long can I keep Empanadas Colombianas in the refrigerator?
    You can keep them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container.

Recipes Tips

If you want to make the perfect Empanadas Colombianas, here are some tips:

1. Use precooked yellow cornmeal: Precooked yellow cornmeal is the traditional ingredient used in Empanadas Colombianas. It gives them a unique texture and flavor.

2. Don’t overfill the empanadas: Make sure to add just enough filling to the center of each empanada. Overfilling can cause the empanadas to burst during frying.

3. Seal the edges well: Use your fingers to press the edges of the empanadas together tightly. This will prevent the filling from leaking out during frying.

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