Grandma’s Meat & Peach Empanaditas

Grandma's Meat & Peach Empanaditas (Turnovers) are a favorite family tradition. We make the mincemeat with beef tongue, dried peaches, raisins and sweet spices. Our family always made these with our Grandma on New Year's Day.
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Course Dessert
Cuisine New Mexican, Recipe Club
Servings 24 Empanaditas
Calories 230 kcal



  • ½ lb. beef tongue or roast boiled until tender
  • ½ lb. dried peaches cooked
  • ½ Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 tsp. broth in which beef was boiled


  • 4 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter chilled
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cups water chilled


  • Using food processor, coarsely grind cooked meat and peaches.
    ½ lb. beef tongue or roast, ½ lb. dried peaches
  • Add spices, sugar, raisins and broth. Mix well by hand.
    ½ Tbsp. ground cinnamon, ½ tsp. nutmeg, ½ cup sugar, ¼ cup raisins, 2 tsp. broth in which beef was boiled
  • Place filling in a bowl. Cover with a towel. Let chill in refrigerator for 4 hours.
  • In a separate bowl, for the dough, sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
    4 cups unbleached flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. salt
  • Cut in butter and shortening. Add water. Knead by hand until smooth.
    4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, 1 cup shortening, 2/3 cups water
  • Preheat oven to 375ºF to 400ºF.
  • Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to ⅛ inch thick. Cut the dough in round pieces about 3 inches in diameter. Roll out each round piece to about 4 ½ inches in diameter.
  • Fill each circle with 1 heaping tablespoon filling. Dip fingertip in cold water and moisten bottom half of circle. Fold dough over filling and press together with fingertips or fork.
  • Place empanaditas on a cookie sheet. Puncture top of each empanadita twice with fork. Bake at 375ºF for 25 minutes and at 400ºF for 5 more minutes.


Makes approximately 2 dozen 4 ½ inch, 1 ½ oz. empanaditas.


Calories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 5gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 113mgPotassium: 161mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 269IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg
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