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Chilean Beef Empanadas de Pino

A traditional Chilean empanada with the perfect dough and filling.

  • Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 big - 20 medium size



For the Pino,

• 1 kilo or 2 pounds of ground beef 90%
• 1 cup beef broth
• 3 large or 4 medium onions chopped into small cubes
• 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 2 tablespoons red pepper or paprika or Merken (Chilean smoked chili)
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
• salt and pepper
• 4 tablespoons vegetable oil


• 20 black olives
• 40 raisins
• 4 hard-boiled eggs

For the dough,

• 1 cup whole milk
• 1 cup of warm water
• 1 tablespoon salt
• 1 kilo or 2 pounds of all-purpose flour
• 2 eggs
• 180 grams/ 6,5 oz of melted shortening, warm


1.    For the Pino, always prepare it the day before,
In a large saucepan, heat the oil and fry the meat until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Add the paprika, salt, pepper, and cumin, and saute for a few minutes.
Add the broth and simmer for 30 minutes over low heat. Add the onion, mix well, and cook over medium heat until the onion is tender, about 30 minutes.
Add the flour, stir well, and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Cook for two more minutes. Cool and refrigerate.

2.    For the dough,
Make a brine with the milk, water, and salt, and stir to dissolve the salt. Mix the flour and eggs in a large bowl or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and mix for a minute to incorporate.
Add the melted shortening and work a little more. At this point, you will see only crumbs. Add the brine with the mixer to form the dough, running on low speed until the dough is soft and flexible. If needed, keep adding water. Separate the dough into 12 or 20 portions and cover with a moist cloth.
Empanada dough

Dividing the dough
Work each piece individually, rolling until thin, cut in a circle about 7″, and fill with two tablespoons of Pino, a quarter of a hard-boiled egg, olives, and raisins if desired. Close by smearing the edge, pressing firmly, and making the folds. Brush with an egg wash before baking.
Empanada doughrolling of the dough Fill dough Empanada shaping Empanada raw Empanada tray

3.    Preheat the oven to 350F or 180C. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden.
4.    Serve hot.
Chilean Beef EmpanadasChilean Food Empanadas


Store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 2 months.
To reheat, use the oven at the same temperature for 15 minutes.

  • Author: Pilar Hernandez
  • Prep Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Chilean


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 430
  • Sugar: 2.7 g
  • Sodium: 588.4 mg
  • Fat: 21.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.8 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 18.7 g

Keywords: Beef empanadas, chilean empanadas