Colombian Empanadas (Empanadas Colombianas)

by Erica Dinho on July 14, 2009

This post is also available in Spanish

Colombian Empanadas

These Colombian Empanadas are a popular snack in Colombia and are served by most Colombian restaurants in the USA. Traditionally, these delicious fritters are made with shredded pork and beef, but in my family we always make them with ground meat. Serve them with ají and lime wedges on the side.

In Colombia, empanadas are also sold outside of the churches. They are usually small and just have potato filling, a great alternative for vegetarians and absolutely delicious. For the vegetarian version of this Colombian Empanadas recipe, follow all the instructions and  just omitting the beef and pork.

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Ingredients

(Twenty, 3 inch empanadas)

  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Lime and ají for serving
  • Dough or Masa

  • 1 ½ cups precooked yellow cornmeal (masarepa)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ tablespoon sazon Goya with azafran
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • Filling

  • 2 cups peeled and diced white potatoes
  • 1 chicken or vegetable bouillon tablet
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped white onions
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoon chopped red bell pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ pound ground pork and beef

Empanadas Colombianas

Directions

  1. To prepare the dough:Place the masarepa in a large bowl. Add the sazon Goya and salt and stir to mix well. Add the water and oil and mix to form dough. Pat the dough into a ball and knead for 2 minutes or until smooth. Cover with plastic and set aside for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, to make the filling, cook the potatoes in a pot with water and the bouillon tablet for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Drain and gently mash the potatoes. Set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, heavy skillet. Add the onion and cook over medium-low heat stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, green onions, garlic, bell pepper, cilantro, salt and black pepper. Cook for about 15 minutes.
  4. Add the ground pork and beef. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, for 10 to 15 minutes or until the mixture is fairly dry.
  5. Transfer the meat mixture to the mashed potatoes bowl and mix well to combine.
  6. Break small portions of the dough, about 1 ½ tablespoons each one, and form each portion into a ball by rolling between the palms of your hands.
  7. Place the balls of dough between two pieces of plastic and roll each out very thinly to form a circle. Remove the top plastic and place 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of each.
  8. Then using the plastic underneath, fold the dough over to enclose the filling, forming a half circle. Tightly seal the edges by crimping with the tines of a fork.
  9. Fill a large pot with vegetable oil and heat over medium heat to 360° F.
  10. Carefully place 3 or 4 empanadas at the time in the heated oil and fry for about 2 minutes until golden on all sides.
  11. Using a slotted spoon transfer the empanadas to a plate lined with paper towels. Serve with ají and lime wedges on the side.
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1 Carolina July 14, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Erica,

You are my Hero! Thank you for sharing your recipes. Since I found this blog, I have been making delicius Colombian dishes for my husband and son…We love it. No hay nada como el sabor de COLOMBIA. Sigue compartiendo tus recetas…no sabes cuanto lo apreciamos :)

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2 Erica July 14, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Hi Carolina,
Thank you so much for the nice comment! I am glad you like the blog.

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3 momgateway July 14, 2009 at 6:56 PM

…been wanting to try out Colombian recipes. Empanadas are my favorite!

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4 Oysterculture July 14, 2009 at 6:57 PM

When we were lived in DC, there was a local chain called Julie’s Empanadas and I loved going there, I thought they were the perfect snack – nice and contained. Now I can try my own.

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5 Velva July 14, 2009 at 7:18 PM

Those empanadas look wonderful!!!

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6 Monica Wong July 14, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Hi Erica,
This is a delicious snack!

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7 Cathy July 14, 2009 at 10:05 PM

I love empanadas! Yours look delicious – high time I tried making some.

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8 Felisha July 15, 2009 at 1:04 AM

I have made several empanada recipes. I will def. have to try yours. These look amazing :) Since they are so much work, I usually make a lot, and freeze the others for a quick snack :P I love how you have a pic of each dish for the imagination!!

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9 Pilar-Lechuza July 15, 2009 at 1:14 AM

En España les llamamos empanadillas( las empanadas son más grandes) pero se llamen como se llamen nos encantan en casa. Probaré tu receta y ya te contaré el resultado.
un abrazo

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10 Sophie July 15, 2009 at 4:47 AM

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,…your empanada’s look so tasty & colourful!!
I so digg them!

I will try them tomorrow, so Thanks for this yummie recipe, Erica!

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11 Erica July 15, 2009 at 7:11 AM

Thank you for visiting!

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12 Kim July 15, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Yum- they looks perfectly crispy and delicious. I wish I could come by and have some : )

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13 Hélène July 15, 2009 at 12:17 PM

How delicious they look. I have never eaten Empanadas before.

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14 Cynthia July 15, 2009 at 12:46 PM

I can never get enough of these goodies!

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15 John July 15, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Those look fantastic–so perfectly golden brown!!

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16 My Carolina Kitchen July 15, 2009 at 4:08 PM

I haven’t had Empanatas since we lived in Texas way back when. My favorite was stuffed with beef, English peas and flavored with rosemary. I can still taste it but I’ve never been able to re-create it. Think I’ll have to give your recipe a try. Thanks for bringing back wonderful memories.
Sam

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17 zerrin July 15, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Fantastic empanadas! I want to squeeze lemon on that halved piece. Erica, I think you’ll make me a fan of Colombian dishes. Your recipes are definitely appealing to my appetite!

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18 nora@ffr July 16, 2009 at 12:13 PM

finally my kids are loving columbian dishes.. taste rili good.. thanx erica :)

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19 Soma July 16, 2009 at 3:23 PM

I like empanadas tho i have never ventured to make these at home.. thanks for the recipe. I had once had pineapple filled ones. & loved it..are the sweet once traditional too?

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20 Nellson Najar July 16, 2009 at 9:17 PM

Is a pleasure to have new recipes. I am very please to find your page, my wife now (she is american) is preparing a lot of your recipes. Thanks.

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21 lisa (dandysugar) July 18, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. I love columbian empanadas but I have not tried making them yet. These sounds perfect, can’t wait to try your recipe!

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22 Scott July 19, 2009 at 11:43 AM

A lifesaver! I have two Colombian boys staying the summer with me and they miss their empanadas. I cook a lot of Colombian meals, but have never found a good recipe for the dough! Muchas gracias!

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23 Erica July 24, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments!

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24 Viviana July 25, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Thank you so much for publishing traditional Colombian recipes. I’m Colombian, also from Medellin but born & raised in NJ. Unfortunately I really don’t have the patience for cooking. But as a mother of two boys I am now desperate that they know about their mothers food & culture (their father is american). Yours is the only website that has the great pictures to describe the food. They totally remind me of my mothers cooking!!!!! Great job Paisa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ps: would you be able to in the future to put the recipes in printable format?

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25 Erica July 25, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Hi Viviana,
Thank you so much for the nice comment! That is my next step.

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26 sandra g August 25, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Hola!, made your empanadas last night, they were awosome, by the way I’m dominican and my husband is peruvian, he said they’re great, I’ll will try making more of your foods, they all look yummy. Love sandra.

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27 Erica August 25, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Hola Sandra,
Thank you for your feedback!

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28 Elisa September 9, 2009 at 10:52 PM

Erika, super buena la página tuya, cada vez nos sorprendés más. Por lo menos tengo una prima que heredó el talento culinario de la familia por el lado de la mamita y mi mamá. Podrias incluir la receta de las empanadas de iglesia que aunque son más sencillas son deliciosas para los que no nos gusta la carne. Felicitaciones por todos los comentarios

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29 Erica September 10, 2009 at 7:17 AM

Hola Elisa,
Gracias por tu mensaje….Parece que lo tengo en la sangre :) Ojala algun dia pueda ser tan buena en la cocina como tu mamá y la mamita. La verdad es que lo disfruto mucho. La receta de las empanadas de iglesia esta incluida en ese post.

Gracias de nuevo significa mucho para mi recibir mensajes bonitos de mis amigos y familia, por que todas esas memorias son las que escribo en este blog.
Las recuerdo mucho.

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30 Melanie October 17, 2009 at 11:19 AM

It is now cold in NYC and these empanadas give warmth to a cold day. Thanks.

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31 Erica October 17, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Thank you, Melanie.

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32 Susan at SGCC October 17, 2009 at 12:02 PM

I just recently discovered your blog and I love it! Your recipes are fantastic! I look forward to trying some of them out.

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33 Erica October 17, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Hi Susan,
Thank you for the wonderful comment!

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34 Roberto November 11, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Hola soy Puertorriqueño (casado con una Caleña) y me encanta la comida colombiana. Te felicito por tu blog, por fin encuentro un lugar de recetas colombianas con ingredientes que se pueden conseguir en usa. En la forma que explicas las recetas es excelente (sencillo y al punto), ademas el incluir fotos de los ingredientes ayuda a la hora de buscarlos en el supermercado…

Cuando publicas la receta de la torta negra? Mi esposa a cada rato me menciona que se comeria una torta negra pero en Atlanta es dificil conseguir un lugar que la hagan, ademas me encantaria darle la sorpresa un dia y prepararsela…muchas gracias y muchas felicitaciones nuevamente..tu blog esta brutal!!!
R

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35 Erica November 11, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Hola Roberto,
Gracias por tu comentario! La receta de la torta negra es algo que voy a publicar pronto, no se cuando pero estoy trabajando en eso.

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36 Keri November 12, 2009 at 3:36 PM

All of your recipes sound delicious! My husband is from Cucuta, Colombia and misses Colombian food. These all sound relatively easy to make. Can’t wait to try them!!

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37 Respondon November 17, 2009 at 10:26 PM

I probably won’t be able to make them like Empanadas Colombianas of Calle 53 in Galerias, if they’re still there, but this recipe looks like my best shot!

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38 Respondon November 19, 2009 at 9:32 PM

By the way, if you live in Washington you can get real colombian empanadas at La Calena bakery in Montgomery Village MD:

They’ll even give you little aji containers. You’re on your own for the lime, though. Their real business is roscones and other Colombian baked goods, which I’m not especially fond of, but the empanadas are very good and they don’t freeze too badly if you blot them first.

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39 Vanessa November 25, 2009 at 4:49 PM

This recipe is perfect, they came out delicious, I would recommend to anyone to follow your recipe.

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40 Erica November 25, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Vanessa-Thank you so much for your feedback!

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41 Martha November 30, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Tu blog esta super chevere. Podrias poner unos Buñuelitos? Para navidad.

Gracias

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42 Caroline December 11, 2009 at 7:24 PM

I am Filipina, and my husband is Mexican. Empanadas are eaten in both of our cultures, and its neat to see (and eat!) different variations. Mexican empanadas are filled with fruit; Filipino empanadas are filled with ground beef, potatoes, and other vegetables.

I ate Colombian empanadas at a Hispanic heritage festival (many years ago), and I’ve been looking for the recipe since. I bought masarepa the other day, and I can’t wait to try this. Thank you so much for sharing!

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43 Nancy December 14, 2009 at 7:43 AM

Por fin, durante a;os trate de prepararlas, pero solo con tu receta fue posible que mis hijos las comieran y me dijeran, estas si son empanadas Colombianas mami. Gracias mil !!!!!!!!!

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44 Erica December 14, 2009 at 8:14 AM

Nancy- Muchas gracias por tu comentario! Me alegra que te gustaron :)

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45 Caroline December 15, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Hi Erica, this is Caroline (the author of the comment posted on December 11). I finally made empanadas con aji last night, and we loved it! My husband was very happy. Thanks again.

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46 Rob December 21, 2009 at 5:58 AM

Question ?
Added 2 cups of water to the Dough or Masa and it was very soft.I mean kinda like oameal soft. Let it stand 20 minutes but still very soft. Paniced and added more precooked yellow cornmeal (masarepa) to make it thicker. Was i wrong by adding more cormeal or did i worry for no reason ?
Thanks

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47 Erica December 21, 2009 at 7:57 AM

Rob-That was perfect!I do the same thing with my masa when is thin.

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48 Rob December 22, 2009 at 5:50 AM

Thanks for the reply Erica !
My main concern was when i tried to fold the meat in the masa it seemed like the masa would rip and tear and not hold the meat inside.
Will try it again like you suggest.
Have a Merry Christmas !

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49 Milena McComas December 23, 2009 at 12:40 AM

Dear Erica,

Just wanted to share with you that thanks to this recipe “quede como una reina”. As you know, these days we Colombians celebrate the “novena”, it was at my house today and I made the empanadas and the rice pudding… everyone was literally licking their fingers!!!

Thank you ver much for these wonderful recipes!

Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful Happy New Year!!

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50 Erica December 23, 2009 at 9:06 AM

Milena-Thank you so much for the feedback and the wonderful comment!

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51 Dulce Maria January 8, 2010 at 10:39 AM

I just found out your recipe in this web very exicited to know that our Empanadas are well recognized.
I lived in Miami starting a minicompany that making empanadas of meat and chiken just to find some information, if you let me know if you by any chance know any restaurants or private company want to get involved with me for large orders, at the presente time I have only few merchants wants to expand.

thanks very much.

Dulce

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52 Carmen January 21, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Wow, I am so glad I just found your website. I have searched high and low to find the real deal Colombian empanadas like the ones I have had with my mother’s family in Colombia. These look almost identical to the favorites I come back to when I am in Medellin. I watched them being in made in Medellin at my mother’s house and they did not use bell pepper, so might omit that. Thank you so much!

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53 C January 27, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Hi Erika, great recipe. I do have a question though. Can you bake the empanadas instead of deep fried them? if yes, then at what temperature oand and for how long? Thanks!

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54 Erica January 27, 2010 at 2:08 PM

C- You can try baking them. In Colombia we always fry them.

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55 Torie February 6, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Yum! Thanks for a great recipe! I made these for a party, and they were a hit. Best empanadas I’ve ever made!

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56 Erica February 6, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Torie- Thank you so much for your feedback! I really appreciate it.

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57 Claire February 24, 2010 at 12:39 PM

I made these last night and we loved them! They were crispy and perfect!

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58 connie caballero February 24, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Would you recommend a certain oil as mine we very oily but delicious.My son loved them

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59 Erica February 24, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Connie- Just vegetable oil, but it has to be at the right temperature. Drain them on paper towel.

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60 Enith March 5, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Hola Erica, yo soy Cartagenera Y me encanta que tengas estas resetas en Ingles para todos los estrangeros gue les gustan nuestra comida Colombiana.FELICITACIONES!!!!

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61 Kimberly March 16, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Hi, my son loves empanadas de pollo. Shall I replace the beef with 1/2 pound of cooked shredded chicken? Thanks. I’m looking forward to making these. La Casona can be greasy.

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62 Erica March 16, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Kimberly- You can replace the beef for chicken!!!

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63 Marisol March 17, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Finally the recipe I’ve been looking for! Empanadas encased in arepas. My husband and kids will eat these up so fast. And if they don’t, I will!!!

Muchisimas Gracias!

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64 LA COLOMBIANA March 17, 2010 at 11:42 PM

LAS EMPANAADAS COLOMBIANA’S SON LAS MEJORES DEL MUNDOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Q VIVA COLOMBIA.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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65 Silvia March 20, 2010 at 11:14 AM

I made this recipe and it was perfect!

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66 Trisha March 23, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Where can I buy the MASAREPA and the sazon Goya with azafran????

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67 Erica March 23, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Trisha- You can find them at a Latin market or at your local supermarket. Online check my ingredients for info http://www.mycolombianrecipes.com/masarepa
http://www.mycolombianrecipes.com/sazon-goya-with-azafran

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68 Anonymous March 30, 2010 at 5:24 PM

We made these empanadas for a party last week and everyone loved them,they were perfect, crispy and delicious. Thank you.

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69 David April 5, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Wonderful empanadas! I made them for my wife and she loved them…..they were easy to make and delicious!

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70 Jennifer April 7, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Q vaina tan ricaaaaaaaa. Me encantan las empanadas. Chevere por ti.
I seriously love your webpage, It’s very useful.

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71 Leah April 7, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Wow! I can’t wait to make these for my spanish project. Colombia is my country and these will be perfect based on the comments I read above!!!!!! Gracias.

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72 Anonymous April 15, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Wow! Thank you so much……We made them for some American friends and they were in love with them. The aji was delicious, too.

We made papas rellenas, too and they were perfect.

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73 christina April 19, 2010 at 7:40 PM

I love Love love empanadas! My father is from Uruguay and my mother is from Puerto Rico and this one dish that I learned to master that pleases both of them! Thank you for sharing and I can’t wait to try your version….

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74 Liliana April 23, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Erica,
Estoy super feliz de haber encontrado este sitio. Mi pareja tambien es americano y estoy super entusiasmada de cocinarle las maravillas de nuestro pais.
Gracias

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75 Anonymous May 2, 2010 at 7:55 PM

I made your empanadas and they were delicious! My son loved them.

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76 Anonymous May 4, 2010 at 11:25 AM

I am from Medellin-Colombia and I made this empanadas and they were perfect. Easy to follow steps and delicious.

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77 Anonymous May 7, 2010 at 10:14 AM

We made them for a party last weekend! They were perfect….

I made the papas rellenas, too and we loved both recipes. Perfect. Thank you so much for all the wonderful recipes.

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78 Alexandra May 10, 2010 at 3:12 PM

These empanadas are wonderful and easy to make. The recipe is perfect!

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79 DIANA June 1, 2010 at 2:11 PM

hola muchas gracias por poner todas estas recetas en la red mm soy colombiana y pues igual que ud ya no vivo en el pais creo que como muchos de los que visitamos esta pagina hoy fui realmente feliz de encontrarla porque muchas veces quiero cocinar y pues no se como hacerlo me refiero a platos tipicos pero ahoraaa si que voy a estar un poquito mas cerca de colombia , lo unico es que aca en Belgica algunos ingredientes son dificiles de encontrar pero bueno tratare… de nuevo muchas gracias!!

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80 Anonymous June 2, 2010 at 11:11 AM

I made these empanadas for Memorial day and they were a hit! I had Amarican friends and they were crazy with these delicious and crispy empanadas. Full of flavor an easy to make. Your food is wonderful, every recipe I made from your site is a hit. Thank you.

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81 vsanch01 June 2, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Made these the other day and were great! thanks so much for your recipes…

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82 Chiot's Run June 3, 2010 at 11:20 PM

I grew up in Colombia (American parents) and I love empanadas. They’re my favorite. I’ve been making empanadas for my friends for quite a while, they all love them as well. (they also love bocadillo & cheese). I posted about it once on my blog as well, I’ll have to link here to this recipe, mine’s different each time depending on what I have in the fridge.

Do glad to see you’re making properly with areparina and not pastry :)

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83 Tiy June 15, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Ola Erica,
Estoy francesa y vivo en Belgica.
Tu blog es fantastico, a mi me gusta mucho la cocina y la cultura de america latina, y la cocina en general. Voy a hacer muchas de tus recetas!
Pero tenga algunas preguntas… No pienso que hay harina de maiz precocida en belgica, est possible hacer la receta con harina de maiz classica?
Y que es exactamente el sazon goya con azafran? Puedo utilizar otra cosa?
Muchas gracias por sus respuestas!

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84 Erica June 15, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Tiy- Gracias por tu comentario!!! sazon goya es condimento con color para comida, tu puedes utilizar otra clase como achiote or triguisar. tu puedes hacer tu propia masa con maiz peto.

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85 Anonymous June 17, 2010 at 2:43 PM

We made this for a party last weekend and all my friends were crazy about them!!!! These are delicious and your recipe is easy to follow. Thanks.

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86 Kimberly July 7, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Hola Erica traté tu receta de empanadas y me quedaron espectaculares :) mi novio es americano y le encanta la comida colombiana especialmente las empanadas pero trate el ají y es un pokito picante. Es posible de que me dez la receta para preparar el ají dulce? De todas formas gracias por todas esas recetas tan espectaculares

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87 Anonymous July 7, 2010 at 7:31 PM

I made these and they were sooooo good. Thank you!

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88 Samantha July 21, 2010 at 2:33 PM

This is honestly the best empanadas I’ve ever had! I have tried so many different empanadas and this one beats them all! My next goal: ground chicken, onions, bell pepper and pepper jack cheese! (of course with the cilantro, potatoes, ect.) I think it will be great! Thanks again Erica!

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89 norma July 21, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Thanks Erica…i will post them on my blog when I make them

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90 cristina c.c. July 23, 2010 at 11:36 PM

Your recipes are wonderful and really easy to follow; I am so lucky I found out your blog recently. Thank you so much.

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91 Frances July 25, 2010 at 4:50 PM

I tested your recipe last night and it has become an instant hit my household. I made another batch today just to freeze them for future snacks! Beautiful!

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92 Michelle July 29, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Love your website. Just wanted to know if you can make the dough a day ahead, keep it refrigerated and then roll it out and stuff them the next day? I have a big party on saturday and am trying to prep as much as possible ahead of time. Have you ever made the dough ahead?

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93 Erica July 30, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Michelle- I always make my dough the same day, but you can make the filling one day before.

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94 Bil August 4, 2010 at 6:42 AM

Gracias Erica,
En el verano pasado vivo en Santa Marta por un rato y cada manana compro empanadas en la calle para desuyunar. Nunca puedo copia el sabor. Tengo una novia alli y esperamos hasta puedes llegar en EEUU, entonces puedo disfruta la comida. Mil gracias por tu sitio porque vamos a poder preparar la comida tradicional para ella cuando llega. Gracias.
Bil

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95 Jeannie August 23, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Wow! These empanadas looks scrumptious and tasty…would love to try these!

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96 Velva August 31, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Love empanadas! Beautiful. Growing-up in South Florida, I ate them often for lunch from food carts.

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97 Respondon September 12, 2010 at 3:15 PM

I finally made these today, with some adjustments for the filling based on what I had around (some shredded roast pork). They came out pretty decent, but for those of us who don’t fry routinely (or at all), it’s a reminder that deep frying is dangerous, messy, and kind of gross! Definitely use a dutch oven so you can keep the oil level way below the lip and therefore well away from the burner. I just used a 10-inch pan, and when the oil started getting out I shut down the operation even though I had a few left to fry. So get yourself a dutch oven and treat that hot oil with some respect!

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98 Mari September 22, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Que delicia, me fascina la empanada colombiana. Voy a ver si consigo la masarepa aquí para hacerlas.

Un saludo

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99 ROCIO September 26, 2010 at 1:53 PM

HOLA LAS EMPADAS QUEDAN MUY RICAS PERO TENGO UNA PREGUNTA COMO HAGO PARA MANTENERLAS REFRIGERADAS Y POR CUANTO TIEMPO LAS PUEDE DEJAR EN LA NEVERA ME URGE SABER GRACIAS

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100 Catherine October 1, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Hi Erica, I was born in Colombia, but have lived in the US since I was 4 years old. My mom and dad are Colombian and my mom always cooked homemade Colombian dishes. I never learned to cook from her however, because I am all about measurements and exact times so mom’s ‘a little bit of this’ and ‘until it looks like this’ drove me crazy! I recently came across your website and LOVE it. It has the flavor of my mom’s cooking, the dishes I grew up eating, and detailed directions!! I’ve made four recipes already and they turned out fantastic! Thank you!!!

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101 Barbara October 19, 2010 at 2:48 PM

I’d love to make these, Erica. I’ve had a sweet potato empanada that I loved, but doubt she really knew how to make them!

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102 Miriam October 23, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Hola, yo soy cubana y hago empanadas con harina de castilla,hasta que probe’ las empanadas que hizo mi amiga Panamena y son como las de ustedes ,me encantan y busque’ la receta hasta que di con este blog,gracias ya las he hecho tres veces,lo unico es que yo le pongo menos agua para que la masa me sea mas facil para formar la empanada

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103 Jannese October 25, 2010 at 5:58 PM

I made these with some leftover ropa vieja and it was fast and delish! I had no idea Colombian empanadas were so easy to make. I’m Puerto Rican and was always intimidated by them, but no more! My Colombian boyfriend will be thrilled :) Thanks Erica, you are a lifesaver! <3

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104 Sandra November 2, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Thank you very much for this easy-to-follow recipe. I am from Cucuta and was craving for real good empanadas, I made them and they were a hit in my house!!Thanks a bunch

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105 Anonymous November 3, 2010 at 6:00 PM

I made these empanadas and they were delicious…Thank you for the recipe. I will make them again.

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106 Katy November 8, 2010 at 5:52 PM

I made these tonight and they came out delicious!! My husband could not stop raving about it. The empanadas came out nice and crispy. Thank you so much for this recipe, it’s a keeper! Will definately try your other recipes.

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107 Diana Lopez November 22, 2010 at 5:18 PM

I made this yesterday and they were really good. Just a couple of things for anyone who hasn’t tried making these yet. The masa was not enough for 20 empanadas, so if you want that many I’d say double the quantity to be on the safe side. Fry them for about 5 minutes to get them crispier. Also, my aunt told me to add a little baking powder to make them crunchier. If you have leftover filling, like I did, don’t fret, you can make some arepas and fill them with it, they’re delicious that way. You can find the arepa recipe in the breakfast section.

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108 Mely (Mexico in my Kitchen) November 30, 2010 at 11:29 PM

A mi familia les encantan las empanadas colombianas, no sabes como te agradezco la receta, pero tengo dos preguntas:

Aqui venden la masa amarilla de Goya, la cocino primero o ya esta cocida? Aunque la de la foto del enlace es blanca, compro la amarilla verdad?
Me puedes dar la version de la receta con puerco deshebrado.

Aqui hay dos personitas que le lo agradecerian muchisimo.

Saludos

Mely

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109 Erica December 1, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Mely- Si puedes usar la amarilla y es pre-cocida. Yo vo a publicar la otra version pronto!

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110 Maria December 1, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I have made these a few times and they are a big hit. Delicious!

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111 Patricia December 1, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Everything about this recipe was amazing! The whole family loved it, including my two picky kids.

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112 Carmen December 4, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Served this during Game Night and it was a complete success. I wish I could actually say how delicious they were, but I never got a chance to taste them. Everyone loved them and I was able to pass along the recipe. Thanks Erica. I always come here before planning a party.

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113 Mami2jcn December 9, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Estas son exactamente las empanadas que mi mama prepara (ella es de Medellin).

Can’t live without the Sazon Goya!

Thanks for the recipe. I was born in the US myself but really love Colombian empanadas. Empanadas and “bandeja tipica” are my favorite Colombian foods.

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114 Anonymous December 27, 2010 at 11:45 AM

This recipe is not only easy it is absolutely delicious. They have a great texture . I have prepared them for many occasions and have had rave reviews. Enjoy this delicious recipe.

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115 Pilar December 28, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Hola Erica,
Escuche tu entrevista en RCN Radio, te felicito. La respuesta a la pregunta de como se dice Empanada en inglés es Turnover. Claro que prefiero seguir diciendo Colombian Empanadas :) !
Que tengas un Feliz Año!

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116 Maria December 29, 2010 at 5:21 PM

“Made these yesterday and all I have to say is OMG!”

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117 Sue January 2, 2011 at 3:30 PM

We were wondering if you can bake them instead of deep frying to be less fattening. we lived in Baranquilla, Colombia for two years and loved them fried but would like to make them a little healthier. Let me know. Thanks, Sue

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118 Erica January 2, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Sue- I didn’t bake them before, but you can try it! let me know if they are good!

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119 Ester January 3, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Made these on a chilly day and they were great! Good for snacks, too.

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120 Santiago January 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

These are absolutely delicious!! Easy to make also. My wife, who loves empanadas, said it was the best empanada she ever put in his mouth!

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121 Lindsey January 13, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Hi Erica, I made your empanadas last weekend and they were delicious!! I want to make them again this weekend for a cook-off I’m participating in and the one thing I would like to improve on is the crispiness. I feel like perhaps I made them a little too soggy…is there anything I can do to make them come out crispier? Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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122 Natasha January 24, 2011 at 9:49 AM

There is a great Colombian bakery in Passaic, NJ that serves empanadas like these.

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123 Mariana January 24, 2011 at 3:26 PM

These are amazing!!!! The whole family loved them!!!! Made them tonight and my dad is already asking when am I making them again. So delicious!

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124 Catherine February 1, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Hi, thank you so much I’m a colombian living in Norway. I have made them twice and they were perfect. I couldn’t get the sazon Goya but I used only azafran.
I know some people will think is too expensive but it worth it. And anyway is so powerful than I didn’t need so much of it.
I used Masapan it’s arepas flour but made in Venezuela, is great. I made my arepas with that too. I just add the water mixed with the salt and azafran warm for playing safe and wait until I could work the dough.
I will continue using this recipy, thanks again.

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125 Kim February 9, 2011 at 10:43 AM

thanks soo much! they were wonderful.. my family and i really enjoyed them!

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126 Sabrina Diaz February 18, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I am so EXCITED that I found this website! I am half Colombian but grew up in a ver typical American home. I have been wanting to try my hand at cooking traditional Colombian food, however trying to get actual recipes on paper from my Colombian Aunts is next to impossible!!! Especially since I live far away from them.

I can’t wait to start cooking with your website…i’m absolutely starting with my favorite Colombian food: Empanadas!

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127 Juliana February 22, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Erica, how nice your empanadas…love the idea of using cornmeal on the dough…must be so tasty :-)

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128 catherine March 14, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Hi Erica!!!
I found this blog as a casualty i was lookim\ng for colombian recipies,you are so precise in your recipies and you explain them so well its very easy to follow. thanks so much for bringing some of the taste of our wonderful nation and exposing it to the world.
I married a palestinian who loves our food!!! i am always trying to make him some of our food, with all your recipies i am sure he will be delighted.
keep the good work

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129 Ana | alcoholicos anonimos March 22, 2011 at 7:55 AM

Vaya que buena pinta tienen esas empanadas en cuanto tenga un hueco me pongo a hacerlas y os cuento.

Gracias y saludos.

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130 Isabela March 29, 2011 at 12:59 AM

Is it okay to replace the yellow pre-cooked corn meal with white pre-cooked corn meal? I imagine that i can and i will just have white empanadas. thank you!

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131 Erica March 29, 2011 at 7:48 AM

Isabela- You can use white and add color to the mixture.

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132 Heather October 18, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Erica,
Can Maseca Masa-instant corn masa flour be used instead? If so, is there a different preparation needed? Thanks for the great recipe!

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133 Erica October 19, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Heather- I didn’t use maseca for empanadas, so I don’t know if it will work.

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134 Andrea April 30, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Thank you for the recipies! I love spreading the Colombian taste all over the place is the best! haha I am from Colombia too…. I just love it

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135 Thomas May 8, 2011 at 3:50 PM

I just made these for my Colombian mother who is in town, and they came out wonderful! The only slight adjustments I made was to double the ground meat. I also added a chopped up boiled egg and used a few dashes of Magi into the meat mixture, plus a pinch of comino. Thank you for helping me surprise mi madre with something we haven’t had for ages! Next project: Pandebono. I just need yuca harina!

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136 Marcee May 11, 2011 at 12:06 AM

Hoy fue la primera vez en la cual cocine las empanadas usando tu RECETA!!! Querida te dio las gracias porque por ser mi primera vez nos encanto. Tu receta esta bien escrita y facil de entender. Sigue ayudadonos con tus comidas tipicas de Colombia!!! Ahora si me siento 100% Paisa……JAJAJAJAJA:)
GRACIAS!!!!

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137 Alexandria Rubio May 12, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Yo soy colombiana y a mi me encantan las empanadas. Mi abuelita y mi abuelito hacen unas empanadas tan ricas y deliciosas. Mi abuelita me ensena como hacer mucha comida colombiana. Todavia mi abuelita me esta ensenando como hacer las empanadas mejor. Las empanadas son muy deliciosas.

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138 Emily May 23, 2011 at 2:57 PM

ummmmmm yummy yummy in ma tommy empanasdas are also popular in Mexico they taste sooooo gooooood.

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139 Sandra May 24, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Luv it!!!!!! all your Colombian recipes are the best!

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140 katherina June 2, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Deliciosas. Gracias por compartir sus recetas.

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141 Rachel June 12, 2011 at 12:05 PM

What a wonderful blog! Your Colombian recipes are the best. I made these empanadas are they were delicious and I am going to make them again for father’s day.

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142 margarita June 13, 2011 at 2:28 PM

I love your Colombian recipes. I made these empanadas and the aji, they were fantastic, crispy and full of flavor. Thank you very much for taking the time and post all these recipes.

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143 Andrés June 13, 2011 at 10:42 PM

your empanadas look so yummy, I can’t way to give it a go. I have a cooking class for my Spanish students on friday and these empanadas fit like a glove. They will go nuts.
Obrigado from Brazil.
Beijo.

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144 Jay July 25, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Erica, does your recipe call for a “total” of 1/2 pound ground beef and pork, or 1/2 pound of “each one”? Thanks!!! I’m trying them this weekend.

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145 Juliana Chavez July 28, 2011 at 9:36 PM

QUE RICO!!!!!
SOY COLOMBIANO!!!!
GO SHAKIRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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146 su August 12, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Hola!! muchas gracias por las recetas! En especial por esta! Siempre me había parecido muy complicado preparar empanadas, pero gracias a tu receta me di cuenta que no es así. Yo la verdad no sé cocinar mucho, pero para ser esta la primera vez en mi vida en preparar empanadas, creo que me salieron muy bien, además a mi esposo le encantaron. Aunque tuve un poco de dificultad en la parte de poner el relleno y cerrarlas por que se me partian un poco o cuando las puse a fritar unas pocas se abrieron… Pero igual creo que con algo de practica sera mejor la próxima vez. Una vez mas gracias por compartir tus recetas que me traen tantos recuerdos de Colombia… Saludos desde Canada!

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147 Chris August 21, 2011 at 12:24 PM

These empanadas look simply delicious. Actually they seem pretty similar to the Brazilian “pastel” – also a popular snack that can have different fillings (ground beef, shredded chicken, shrimps, cheese and ham, etc.).

Chris – welovechicken.com

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148 Comiendoenla September 1, 2011 at 3:06 AM

Gracias que di con tu blog, porque como buena colombiana, me fascina nuestra comida y los antojos al vivir fuera del país se alborotan más de la cuenta!

Una nueva fan y me fascinan tus recetas!
comiendoenla.com

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149 Miami Culinary Tours September 11, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Wonderful recipe! We conduct a Miami food tour in which we feature all about Colombian cuisine among other types of cuisine that make up the area. Guess what is most people favorite food in the entire tour? The Colombian empanadas that we taste at a great little Colombian restaurant here. When people take the first bite and combine the empanada with the aji sauce … they all go “wow” this is amazing… Great recipe that I will pass down!
Cheers,
Grace Della

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150 Lucy September 16, 2011 at 4:26 PM

I’ve made these a few times for my husband who is Colombian and he loved them! I use ground turkey sometimes and it’s just as good. They are hard to make at first, but after a few times it’s really easy! I absolutely LOVE these empanadas!!!!

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151 Johanna September 28, 2011 at 1:44 PM

My abuela, used to prepare batches of empanadas and freeze them before frying for future use. It made it easier if you were going to be serving them at a party or needed a lot and wanted to enjoy your company without spending all day in the kitchen.

She always made sure the filling was cooled before putting them together, then chilled them on a cookie sheet in the fridge before transfering to plastic frezzer bags to freeze.

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152 Katy September 29, 2011 at 11:15 PM

Do you know if the dough can be refrigerated for maybe a day before using?

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153 Anonymous October 6, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Esta es la mejor pagina de recetas de comida Colombiana en el internet. Me gustan mucho tus fotos y la descripcion. Gracias.

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154 Ana October 12, 2011 at 3:38 PM

You are such a lifesaver! I was born in Colombia and grew up in the US… but I have never been a good cook… now that I’m about to get married my fiance is expexting me to cook like my abuelita… uuhh very unlikely! But I’m ready to give it a whirl!!!
Thank you so much for posting all these awesome recipes!!!

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155 Lorena November 6, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Can we freeze Colombian Empanadas???

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156 Ashely Carlos March 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Can you use white masarepa?

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157 Erica Dinho March 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Yes, but you should add some achiote to add color to the masa.

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158 Nina March 24, 2014 at 12:02 AM

I can’t found masarepa here, but there are a lot of cornmeal. Would you be so kindly to tell me how do I make masarepa from cornmeal? Thanks.

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159 katie April 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Do you have a salsa verde dipping sauce to go along with these?

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160 Erica Dinho April 15, 2014 at 6:25 PM
161 JP April 15, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Hi Erica,

I found your website and loved it! I will definitely try your recipes (particularly to make bandeja paisa, empanadas, aji, arequipe, pandebonos and pandequesos)…. at least for now. I am originally from Colombia too, lived in the USA most of my life from the age of 12, and I am temporarily living in Argentina with my husband and kids. So, as you can imagine, I am trying to learn lots of Colombian and Argentine recipes to delight my kids and hubby with great food.

Thanks again for sharing!! :)

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162 JP April 15, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Erica, by the way, if you are interested in Argentine recipes, I’ll be more than glad to share them with you. So far, I’ve learned to make pies, empanadas, pizzas, pastas, and lots of desserts!! (they have a great variety of combinations such as beef, ham & cheese, chicken, veggies, cheeses… and the list goes on and on!! :)

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163 Helene July 21, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Thank you SO much for sharing this recipe. I had these for the first time at a friend’s home. I have been craving them ever since. Unfortunately, the Colombian restaurants that I have been to do not seem to make them from scratch. These are so much better and they hit the spot. Thank you again.

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164 ana July 30, 2014 at 3:40 PM

My boyfriend is colombian and i have been cooking a lot of your recipes. He rreally loves it. Ty for the site.

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165 Carol September 14, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Erica,

This recipe is so fabulous that a friend has asked me to make 300 for a party. Worried about keeping warm. Any suggestions? Thanks for sharing!

Carol

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