Chorizo Empanadas

Spanish-style Chorizo is highly seasoned dried and cured pork sausage made with savory garlic and smoky paprika. Popular in Spanish-speaking islands in the Caribbean like Cuba, chorizo has become a popular filling for empanadas. Here, the chorizo is chopped and sauteed with a classic sofrito before being enclosed in easy-to-use GOYA® Discos (pastry rounds for turnovers). Sealed with a fork and then fried, these Cuban-Style Empanadas are not to be missed.
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  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 50 min
  • Yield: 10 Servings
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2 tsp. GOYA® Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 pkg. (7 oz.) GOYA® Chorizo, finely chopped

½ onion, finely chopped (about ¾ cup)

½ green bell pepper, finely chopped (about ½ cup)

1 tsp. GOYA® Minced Garlic or 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 can (7 oz.) GOYA® Tomato Sauce

½ tsp. GOYA® Adobo All-Purpose Seasoning with Pepper

1 pkg. (14 oz.) GOYA® Discos, thawed

All-purpose flour, for rolling out dough

GOYA® Vegetable, Corn or Canola Oil, for frying


  1. Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add chorizo, onions and bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft and chorizo is heated through, about 8 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add tomato sauce and ½ cup water; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens and completely coats chorizo, about 5 minutes. Season with Adobo. Transfer chorizo mixture to medium heat-proof bowl. Let sit until steam subsides. Refrigerate until cold. (Note: Chorizo filling can be stored covered in refrigerator for up to 1 week). On lightly floured work surface, using rolling pin, roll out disco until about ½" larger in diameter. Spoon heaping tablespoon cooled chorizo mixture into middle of dough. Moisten edges with water and fold in half to form half-moon shape. Seal edges by pressing with fork. Repeat with remaining discos and filling to make 10 empanadas. Heat 2" oil in large, heavy pot over medium-high heat until oil registers 350°F on deep-fry thermometer. Alternately, heat oil in deep fryer to 350°F. Fry empanadas in batches until dough is crisp and golden brown and filling is hot, about 5-6 minutes per batch. Transfer empanadas to paper towels to drain. Serve warm.