Wednesday, October 12, 2011

¡Qué rico!

I love Mexican food. I could honestly eat it for all three meals every day of the week. And ever since I moved back to Akron I've been on the hunt for the Mexican restaurant that can live up to El Zarape in Bowling Green. I'm still searching. But the other day I stumbled upon a recipe to make these . . .

Women's Health Magazine had them as a teaser on their homepage. They're beef empanadas and they're also one of five healthy and simple Mexican recipes on the magazine's site. I'm really excited to make them for dinner tonight (along with some yellow rice and guacamole) - they use very simple ingredients you probably already have on hand and they only take about a half hour to make from start to finish. ¡Qué rico!

Update: These were really easy and quick to make - and absolutely delicious! Definitely a keeper!

(Check out the recipe after the jump . . .)

Beef empanadas (from Women's Health)

What you need:
1 cup of onions
1 tsp of olive oil
1/2 lb. of ground beef
2 tsp of cumin*
2 tsp of wine vinegar
1 tsp of sugar
1 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of pepper
11 oz. thin-crust pizza
(I'm also cutting up a green pepper to add to my empanadas)

*Cumin is an expensive spice and one you probably don't have in the cupboard. So if you're looking for cumin, head to Big Lots - I got a decent amount there yesterday for $1. (Thanks to Abbie for the great tip!)

How you make it:
-Preheat the oven to 400
-Saute the onions in olive oil (about 3 minutes)
-Add ground beef and brown (about 5 minutes)
-Remove from heat
-Stir in cumin, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper
-Stretch the pizza dough out to form a 16" x 12" rectangle and cut into 8 equal pieces
-Spoon beef mixture onto each piece
-Fold in half diagonally and crimp edges to seal in filling
-Place on a greased baking sheet
-Coat with cooking spray, poke with a fork and bake for 10 minutes

Another great thing about this recipe is you could really use any kind of meat - chicken, pork, etc. - you may just have to shred it a little first. You could also add whatever vegetables you'd like too - so versatile!


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