Celina is a mother to two sponsored children in Colombia, and for her, empanadas are her livelihood. She took out a loan through her mothers group to start a business selling empanadas and coffee. (Unbound serves more than 22,000 sponsored children and elderly in Colombia.)
Celina shares her recipe with us, and we invite you to try her delicious empanadas. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Servings: Makes approximately 10 six-inch empanadas.
- 3 cups corn flour (plus a little more for kneading)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 5 eggs (scrambled)
- 5 potatoes (cooked and smashed)
- 2 onions (chopped)
- 3 tomatoes (chopped)
- 8 oz. meat (cooked beef or chicken)
- 8 oz. rice (cooked)
- 4 oz. peas* (cooked) *optional
- 4 oz. shortening
- 16 oz. (roughly) Canola oil
1. In a bowl, mix the eggs, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, meat, rice and peas. Set mixture aside.
2. In a separate bowl, mix the water, flour and salt.
3. Cut the shortening into the flour mix with a mixer or two butter knives. Mix until dough is formed.
5. Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead it just until all the flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth.
6. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Tip: Dough can be frozen and used later.
7. After dough has set for 1 hour in refrigerator, place dough on lightly floured surface and flatten with a rolling pin until dough is less than 1 inch thick.
8. Cut the dough into medium-size pieces, and place a spoonful of the liquid ingredients in the middle of the dough. Fold the dough in half and pinch the ends together using a fork.
9. Heat oil in a deep skillet.
10. Once oil has been heated, cook empanada for about eight minutes, or until surface is crispy.
11. Place cooked empanadas on a paper towel to soak up any excess oil.
12. Cool, serve and enjoy!