Empanadas of the Month! Empanadas Mendocinas (Mendoza-Style Empanadas)

June 8, 2008 | Filed Under Argentinean Recipes, Cuisines, Empanada of the Month, Empanadas, Food Blogging Events, From Argentina with Love blog, South American Cuisine 




I’ve always had a challenging time making empanadas.  So far, I’ve made them a total of three times.  The dough I make from scratch is always thick because I have a problem rolling it out properly.  One time, I tried to make a dessert empanada.  I had a different kind of problem with the dough.  Instead of too thick, it was too sticky.  Ugh!  My empanadas tasted good but not very good-looking.  Since I always seemed to have a challenging time making the empanada shell, I stopped making them, even though I love to eat them. 

When Rebecca of From Argentina with Love announced a food  blogging event called Empanadas of the Month, which she was hosting, I decided to rise to the challenge again.   In this monthly event, Rebecca provides a new empanada recipe for us to make.  The first recipe is for a classic Mendoza-style empanada.  Rebecca’s husband and friend, Carina, are from Mendoza, Argentina.

According to Rebecca, Mendoza-style empanadas are baked, instead of fried.  They are filled with seasoned ground beef, green olives and a slice of egg.  Then the empanada is sealed with a special technique called ‘repulgue’, where the edges of the empanada are folded and pressed repeatedly until they create a decorative pattern. 

Rebecca provided a video with her friend Carina narrating, in Spanish, how to seal the empanadas using the repulgue technique. 

"¡Perfecto!"  (Perfect!),  "¡Muy bien!"  (Very good!),  "¡Eso!" (That’s it!), Carina would encourage as Rebecca performed a perfect repulgue style technique on the empanadas.  At the end, Carina and the video guy applauded Rebecca for her excellent work. 

I would have loved my own cheering empanado-making team with me.  With that in mind, I tried to recreate what I saw on the video.  I even imagined that Carina encouraged me. "Perfecto, Paz!"  "¡Muy bien, Paz!"  "¡Eso, Paz!"  "Applause!"

*sigh*  It didn’t quite work out well.   You should have seen me trying to do the repulgue technique.  It was quite hilarious, actually.   I think the technique I performed was something that could only be called the ‘Paz Pathetic’ technique.   I think I’ll have to go to Carina’s kitchen for a personal lesson.  In the meantime, I did the best I could.

So, here are my humble empanadas Mendocinas.  They didn’t turn out bad at all. 

Oh!  By the way, I used the ready made, store-bought dough for the empanadas.  Interesting note:  Rebecca calls them ‘tapas’ but when I went to the store asking for ‘tapas’, everyone gave me a strange look and one store employee flat out told me he didn’t know what I was talking about before turning his back on me.  After searching on my own, I found the dough, which was called ‘discos’ (para empanadas)/disks (for empanadas).  Ahhh!  Interesting!  I suppose they have different names for the dough in different places.

The dough tasted fine but I like the idea of making my own, which I think would tasted much better.  So, I’ll start practicing how to make it again, one of these days. 

All in all, I’m happy about my Mendoza-style empanadas.  I’m ready for my applause.

Thanks Rebecca.  This was fun. 



Ed. Note:  Rebecca has posted a roundup of the works of those who participated.  You can find delicious-looking empanadas here.





Receta por Empanadas Medocinas de la familia Oliva-Quiroz

Mendocino Empanadas from the Oliva-Quiroz family

From Argentina with Love


For the filling:

2 lbs. ground beef

1 cup shortening or lard (you can add less or omit this if necessary)

2 lbs. onion

3 Tablespoons smoked paprika

4 teaspoons cumin

green olives, pitted and cut into slices, as many as is necessary

3 hard-boiled eggs, cut into rounds

salt and pepper to taste

crushed red pepper, to taste

For the construction: A glass of water 1 egg, beaten flour for the pan The meat can be made a day in advance. Put the onions, sliced finely in rounds, in a frying pan and salt them. Add the ground beef and cook, then add salt and pepper to taste. Next add the lard and mix well, so that it’s incorporated-the lard, the meat and the onion together. when it’s all cooked, add the crushed red pepper (to taste) and the cumin and mix well. When the mix is ready, let cook and add the paprika and stir well.

The assembly: Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Put the tapas on a flat surface, lightly floured. With a tablespoon, put a little of the meat filling in the center of the dough round. Add a slice of the olive and a piece of the hard boiled egg.

Then moisten the edge on the top half of the round with a little water on your finger. Fold the bottom half of the dough up until the edges meet and seal with your fingers by pressing down. The empanada should have a half-moon shape.

Use the palms of the hands to pack the filling firmly in the center. Next, fold the edges with the Repulgue: using your fingertip, fold one corner of the empanada over, pressing down firmly. Go to the edge again and repeat, pressing firmly each time. Go around the edge of the empanada and you’ll get a spiral pattern.

Beat an egg in a shallow dish and paint the top of each sealed empanada so that when they bake, they have a shiny, golden shell. Spread flour lightly over several cookie sheets, and place the finished empanadas on top. Put the empanadas in to bake for 12 to 15 minutes-they should be sizzling and very golden brown on top. Take out and eat very carefully while hot!









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24 Responses to “Empanadas of the Month! Empanadas Mendocinas (Mendoza-Style Empanadas)”

  1. My husband recently discovered discos in our local market, and now I am hooked. Not only are they easy, but I think they are delicious and they’re not filled with bad-for-you ingredients. Your empanadas are lovely.

  2. Those Empanadas look very pretty and delicious! I love that speciality!

    Have a great week!



  3. These look so good Paz…

  4. Hi Lydia: Yes, I love the ingredients and the fact that there are no additives.

    Hi Rosa: Thank you!

    Hi Melissa: Thanks, they were surprisingly good.

    Paz 😉

  5. You may have felt funny shaping these but they look absolutely grand. We spent 10 days in Mendoza, Argentina – it is a beautiful town!

  6. “Paz Pathetic”? These are beautiful (I even snuck a peek at Rebecca’s site to compare and your’s are every bit as inviting!). I’ve never heard of disco’s, so will have to go see where I can find them here – love the fact that they are baked not fried.

  7. hola Paz! They look delicious :)

  8. Paz, they look amazing! I’ve certainly never managed to make empanadas look that good :)

  9. Hi PAz-I don’t know what you mean-these empanadas look absolutely DELICIOUS! They are really nouthwatering-and your repulge looks great! I’m applauding now!

  10. Hi Tanna: Thanks! You got to visit Mendoza? Lucky you! Very cool!

    Hi Terry: Thank you! I hope you can find the discos. Yeah, I’d think baked is a bit more healthier.

    Melissa! Remember when I tried to make the dessert empanada? 😉 LOL! Un abrazo muy fuerte para ti!

    Melissa! Oh, wow! Thanks for the huge compliment! xxoo

    Rebecca: Awww! Thank you! I’m lovin’ my applause. thank you! 😉

    Thanks everyone for your comments!

  11. Paz,

    your empanadas muy muy muy bonita (pretty)!!! Really! Next time you do everything from scratch, I will fly over to get you!

  12. I’ve been wanting to try making some with a spicy lentil filling since I don’t eat meat. Some years back I had a dessert kind that was filled with guave and cream cheese…sooo good! Happy Days, Paz ((HUGS))

  13. Hi Gattina: It’s a deal! 😛

    Hi Tracy: I love the idea of the spicy lentil filling. Great idea! I hope you get to try it. Yes, the dessert empanada I made had guave in it. Oh, sooo good! :mrgreen:

    Hugs right back! To all of you!


  14. Paz, your empanadas are beautiful,not humble at all, they rival empanadas I’ve seen at empanada stores! I think your repulgue is great (trust me mine sucks).

  15. i totally applaud you for these. they look beautiful. and way to go for not making the pastry. it is beyond impossible and messy and never turns out right – at least for me….

  16. Hi Layla: Welcome! Your repulgue do NOT suck — not at all. And I love the sauces you made to go with the empanadas. Delicious! I plan on making them next time. Thanks for your very kind words.

    Hi Claudia: Thank you! And welcome! Yes, using the ready made pastry this time was less-frustrating for me. LOL! Although I want to learn how to make my own pastry properly in the future. 😉

    Thanks for stopping by, all!

  17. Wow, the empanadas look absolutely perfect, they are beautiful!!
    And about the previous post… I love eggplant and grilled is my favorite way of having them. There’s something about the charred flavor it gets on the grill that turns it into its absolute best!

  18. Hi Ana: You are so kind for such a compliment. Thank you! Yeah, love the roasted eggplant. 😉


  19. Maria Cecilia UNITED STATES

    Where can I see the video for the Repulgue Technique? How many empanadas can you make with 2 LB of meat?


  20. Hi Maria Cecilia: Welcome!

    Click here to see the video.


  21. Maria Harms CANADA

    I know this prouduct from back home,in south amirica.I would like to see if I could buy some here in southern Alberta?

  22. Hi Maria Harms: Welcome! I hope you’re able to find what you’re looking for. Good luck. Let me know.


  23. ok no encuentro el repulgue de las empanadas 😐 pero buenooooo 😛

  24. Hi Daiana: Thanks!


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