Prep: 15 Mins Cook: 35 Mins
These savory and sweet empanadas are stuffed with a yummy combination of ground beef, cinnamon, almonds and raisins.



  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 16-oz. jar ORTEGA Salsa - Thick & Chunky (Medium), divided
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tbls. brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


PREHEAT oven to 375°F.

COMBINE raisins and vinegar in small bowl; soak for 15 to 20 minutes or until raisins are plump.

COOK beef, onion and garlic in large skillet until beef is browned; drain. Add ½ cup salsa, almonds, raisins, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until flavors are blended.

DIVIDE dough into 6 pieces; roll into balls. On well-floured board, roll each ball into a 6-inch circle. Place ½ cup meat filling on bottom half of circle; sprinkle with cheese. Fold top half of dough over filling; crimp edges with tines of fork. Pierce top with fork. Place on greased cookie sheet; brush with egg.

BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Serve with remaining salsa.
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