Air Fryer Beef Empanadas!

Trying out a new recipe from The Recipe Critic. This blog appears to be run by Alyssa Rivers, recipe by Kelley Simmons. As this is the first recipe I’m trying from this blog, I will have to read up on it and get back to you.There seems to have been some kerfuffle on the site because folks were saying that empanadas are actually Argentinian and not Mexican. Either way, they were really delicious. I made only one change to this recipe, and that was to cook them in the air fryer. Let’s jump right in!
What you’ll need for the dough:

  • Three cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter cubed
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup cold water

For the filling:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 6 oz boiled diced potato
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 12 oz ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp chopped green onions
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Oil to spray on air fryer trays

To make the dough, add the flour butter and salt to your food processor fit it with a blade attachment. Pampered Chef just came out with something called the Flex Plus which is amazing, it is a food processor, a mixer and an immersion blender that is cordless. It runs for 2 hours on one battery, and if you’re still cooking, just switch out the battery and you can go for another 2 hours!

You’ll want to pulse your food processor several times, until when you look at the dough, it is crumbly and the butter instead of being cubed resembles the shape of small peas.

Next, add the egg and cold water to the food processor. Only pulse until the dough comes together and forms a bowl. You don’t want to over mix!

Remove the dough from the food processor, place on plastic wrap and flatten into a disc. Wrap it up, and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Now for the filling: Dice your green onions

Dice your red onion

Dice your jalapeno

Dice and boil your potatoes

Chop your parsley

Heat the oil and a large skillet, and add in your onion and jalapeno. Cook for a couple of minutes until slightly softened.

Add your ground beef, and cook about 5 minutes until no longer pink.

And all of your seasonings, salt, chili powder, paprika, cumin and of course, some veggie protein! No one will ever know you cannot taste it!

Stir in the tomato paste, and in your frozen peas cooked potatoes parsley and green onions.

Let’s bring it all together!
Roll out your dough to about 1/4 in thickness.

Use the hand pie and pocket maker to cut circles out of your dough. Place circle on the hand pie and pocket maker. Use the scoop that came with it to scoop the filling, then fold in half.

Since I wanted to have a nice look on the outside, I am using an egg wash. All that is is simply one egg beaten with one tablespoon of water. You brush that on top and it will give a nice golden color.

Set the air fryer to bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until golden brown on the outside.

That’s it! I thought Kelley’s recipe was very delicious, and I would make it again.

It looks like she has quite a few recipes, so I hope you’ll go and visit her blog. My recipe video for this is posted at the bottom of this post, along with the link to Kelley’s recipe/Alyssa’s blog.

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