The Filipino beef empanada is a half-moon-shaped turnover with a semi-sweet dough and savory beef filling.
Just like the Chicken Empanada, the meat is cooked with vegetables like potatoes, bell pepper and green peas, with an optional ingredient : raisin.
Empanada is a Spanish word meaning meat pie. It is a turnover or a pasty filled with meat and vegetables, and deep-fried or baked.
Nowadays, you can fill an empanada with almost anything, from savory meats to sweet desserts. Taco Bell here in NJ sells one that's called Caramel Apple Empanada. It is no different from Jollibee's Peach Mango pie.
The dough for this particular recipe is much easier than the Chicken Empanada dough recipe also found on this site with the roll-in fat.
I saw this dough recipe from Daisy Cooks show of Ms. Daisy Martinez, one of my favorites Hispanic TV chef and personality.
I added sugar to her recipe since the Filipino beef empanada dough is a little on the sweet side.
You might wonder why there's vinegar and egg in the recipe. The vinegar helps the dough become manageable, and the egg helps bind everything together so it doesn't disintegrate while rolling and filling.
Believe me, this dough recipe works and it's so easy to make.
YOUR FILIPINO BEEF EMPANADA SHOPPING LIST:
IN THE PANTRY:
1 Fry the potatoes until golden brown, then set aside.
2 Saute the garlic and onion for a minute, then add the beef and cook for a few minutes until almost fried.
3 Add the bell peppers, and season with salt and pepper.
4 Set aside and cool down completely.
5 To make the dough, mix all dry ingredients together such as flour, sugar and salt.
6 Cut in or mix in the shortening, until the mixture looks like wet sand.
7 Mix together all liquid ingredients such as egg, vinegar and cold water. Add into the flour and shortening.
8 Mix together until smooth, do not knead. Then wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until ready to use.
9 To assemble : Cut the dough into approximately 1/3 cup measure, roll like a ball.
10 Flatten each ball into 5 inch circle and fill the top half with 1 1/2 tablespoons beef filling.
11 Fold the bottom half over and seal the edges using the tines of a fork.
12 Set aside, refrigerate while doing all the rest.
13 Heat up about 2 - 3 cups cooking oil, and deep-fry the empanada until golden brown.