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The first time you look at the ingredients in a basic empanada recipe, you may think it’s a joke. Raisins? Beef? Olives?! How can these things work together?
Well, if you’ve ever had an empanada you probably know that they go together just fine. Great, in fact! The savory olives and warm spices balance the little bites of sweetness from the raisins. Wrap it all in a flaky crust and you’re in for a treat.
We paired these empanadas with a frosty can of Strawberry Guava Diet Coke, a classic flavor combo that’s new on the shelves … and thankfully so! It’s fruity, fizzy, and smoothly sweet — a natural pairing for these savory pastries!
Making the Filling
Making the filling for these empanadas is similar to making a taco filling: you brown your beef in a little oil, add some onions, garlic, and spices.
Now this is where it takes a hard left turn from tacos! In goes tomato sauce, raisins, and chopped olives.
Make sure to let the filling simmer for a few minutes to combine the flavors and, most importantly, let it cool to room temperature before you try to make the empanadas. If you add the hot filling to pie crust, it’ll be hard to shape the crust.
Shaping the Empanadas
You can actually buy pre-made empanada crusts at some Latin grocery stores, but you can also just use homemade or store-bought pie crust. Cut the pie crust into about 6-inch rounds. We use a small tortilla as a guide!
Instead of frying, we like to bake these guys at 400 degrees F. for 14-15 minutes until they are crispy and browned.
Serve hot with a cold Strawberry Guava Diet Coke!