Authentic Mexican Fried Empanadas
Continue reading to find out how to make authentic Mexican fried empanadas which is a popular street food throughout Mexico and that is easier to make than you might think.
Servings: 12 Empanadas
For the Masa
- 1 Lb Prepared Corn Masa
- 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 2 Cups Oil For frying
For the Ground Beef Filling
- 1 Lb Ground Beef
- 1/4 Onion Finely Chopped
- 1/4 bunch Cilantro Finely Chopped
- 1 Tomato Finely Chopped
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Cumin
- 1/2 Tsp Pepper
- 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Lemon Pepper
- 1 Tsp Paprika
For Cheese Filled Empanadas
- 2 Cups Queso de Oaxaca or other melting cheese
For the Masa and Empanadas
Add the prepared masa to a large bowl and then add the flour, salt, and a little bit of the water.
Stir, adding more water until you reach the desired consistency. It should be thick enough that it doesn't break up when you make a tortilla, but thin enough that it won't take too long to cook through. See images
Form balls with about 1/4 cup of masa and flatten the tortilla using a tortilla press with plastic wrap on the top and bottom. Add the filling (ground beef or cheese) and fold over using the plastic wrap to assist and seal the edges with your fingers or a fork.
Heat oil to about 350-365 degrees fahrenheit in a pot or a frying pan and add the empanadas 1 or 2 at a time. You will fry the empanadas for approximately 3-5 minutes each until golden brown.
Serve with lettuce, pico de gallo, salsa, and crema.
Serving: 1Empanada | Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 769mg | Potassium: 253mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 271IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 4mg