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Recipe courtesy of Peter Dunmire

Pork and Sweet Potato Empanadas

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 5 hr 15 min (includes marinating and resting time)
  • Active: 1 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings








  1. For the pork: Combine the spices in a medium bowl. Mix 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the spice mixture with the pork, until completely coated, and let marinate for 2 hours. (Reserve the remainder of the spices for another time.) In a large pot add the pork and enough water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the meat pulls apart easily. Set aside to cool. Shred with a fork.
  2. For the dough: In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients and shortening and mix. Add small amounts of the water at a time until the dough forms. Knead for a few minutes, and then wrap the dough in plastic and allow to rest for 1 hour. After the dough rests, on a floured table roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thick. Cut 4-inch disks and set aside in the refrigerator. Excess scraps can be rolled again for more disks, just allow the scrap ball to rest before rolling.
  3. For the filling: In a large bowl, combine the shredded pork with the sweet potato, black beans, cilantro, cinnamon and some salt and pepper. Mix well. In another bowl, mix equal parts cold water and flour to use as a binder for the empanadas. Fill the dough disks with a generous spoon of the filling, brush the outer edges with the flour and water mix and then fold over so it looks similar to ravioli. Crimp the edges with a fork and set aside for frying.
  4. For the salsa and glaze: In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients for the salsa. In a separate bowl combine the ingredients for the glaze.
  5. Preheat 3 inches of oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. In batches, fry the empanadas for 3 to 5 minutes or until they are golden brown. Brush the empanadas with the chipotle-honey glaze and serve on a bed of the salsa. Garnish with fresh cilantro sprigs and some of the glaze.