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Bahama Breeze Beef Empanadas Recipe

Bahama Breeze Beef Empanadas Recipe

Bahama Breeze Beef Empanadas are a flavorful, delicious dish that is sure to please the entire family. A traditional Latin American pocket-sized pastry, bahama breeze beef empanadas are made with savory ground beef filling wrapped in a crispy and flaky dough. This delectable recipe can be served as an appetizer, snack or main course. You'll have a mouthwatering meal that everyone will love with the right ingredients and technique.
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Author: Dr. Leah Alexander
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 4702kcal


  • Skillet
  • Pan for deep frying
  • Rolling Pin
  • Cookie cutter
  • stove


For the Dough

  • 2 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup salted butter (cold)

  • Two lightly beaten eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk

  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

  • 6–10 cups vegetable oil

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 pound ground beef (not lean)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup carrots, sliced lengthwise
  • Two tablespoons yellow onion, diced
  • One teaspoon parsley (finely chopped)

  • One teaspoon of curry powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, ground
  • 2 tbsp chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime juice

For seasoned sour cream:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup tomato (finely chopped)

  • One tablespoon red onion (finely sliced)

  • One tablespoon red bell pepper (minced finely)

  • One tablespoon of cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • One pinch of cumin powder


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, vegetable shortening, and butter. Use a pastry blender to mix together until crumbly.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together eggs, milk, salt and olive oil until combined.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and knead until it forms a dough ball. Wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and add the ground beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, parsley, curry powder, paprika, salt and cayenne pepper. Sauté until all of the vegetables are tender and the beef is cooked through.
  • Then add the chicken broth and lime juice to the pan. Simmer until all of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Once the dough is chilled, roll it out on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch diameter circle. Cut out 8 four-inch circles using a biscuit cutter.
  • Place a large spoonful of the beef mixture in the center of each circle, fold over and crimp the edges with your fingers or a fork to seal it shut.
  • Deep fry the empanadas in the oil for 18-20 minutes until golden brown.
  • While the empanadas are frying, make the seasoned sour cream by mixing together all of the ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Once done, remove from the stove and let cool for 5 minutes before serving with the seasoned sour cream on the side.


  • Use store-bought pre-made dough for convenience.
  • If you don’t have a biscuit cutter, use a round cookie cutter or the top of a glass cup.
  • If you find that your empanadas are not sealing properly, lightly wet the edge with water before folding and crimping shut.
  • For an extra crispy crust brush on egg wash before baking.
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