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costa rican empanadas

Costa Rican Empanadas

Mike Gonzalez
Empanadas are a tasty and filling stuffed pastry that is very popular in Costa Rica. Learn how to make the traditional Costa Rican Empanadas
Prep Time 10 mins
30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Costa Rica
Servings 12 people
Calories 3200 kcal


  • 1/2 lb corn flour masa harina
  • 1/2 lb dough flour or Maseca
  • 4 oz vegetable oil
  • 1/4 lb Mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 lb chorizo sausage
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup fried beans
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Dough Flour: Combine dough flour, corn flour, and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir in water gradually until smooth. Dough must be slightly sticky. Test dough consistency by flattening a small ball between your hands. If dough edges crack, add more water. Test until edges are completely smooth. Cover dough with a damp kitchen towel.
  • Filling: Heat fried beans in a saucepan over medium high. Add onions, salt, and Worcestershire sauce. Heat chorizo sausage in another saucepan over medium high. Turning cook until meat is cooked.
  • Turnovers: Roll dough out 1/8 to ΒΌ inch thick. Cut the dough into circles of 4 to 5-inch diameters. Brush rounds with water. Place 2 teaspoons chorizo sausage, 1 teaspoon cheese, 1 teaspoon fried beans filling on each round. Fold over and seal by crimping with a fork, making a narrow rim. Heat vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium high. Add turnovers and cook turning until light brown. Serve warm.
Keyword chorizo sausage