Black Bean and Sweet Potato Empanadas

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 20 min (includes chilling)
  • Active: 55 min
  • Yield: 10 empanadas
Share This Recipe

Ingredients

Dough:

Filling:

Cumin-Scented Yogurt Sauce:

Egg Wash:

Directions

  1. For the dough: Combine the flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Cut in the butter, pulsing a few times until the mixture is like coarse meal with pea-sized lumps. Add the eggs, white vinegar, and 1/3 to 2/3 cup cold water, continuing to pulse just until the dough comes together. Transfer the dough to a work surface, form into a flat disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour, while making the filling and yogurt sauce.
  2. For the filling: Toast the chile powder, coriander and cumin in a skillet until fragrant. Add the jalapenos, sweet potatoes and black beans. Season to taste with salt.
  3. For the yogurt sauce: Combine the yogurt, lemon juice and zest, cilantro and cumin in a small bowl and mix. Season to taste with salt. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F.
  5. Portion the dough into 10 balls. On a floured work surface, roll each dough ball into a 6-inch circle. Spoon 3 to 4 tablespoons of filling into the center of each circle. Brush the edges with egg wash before folding the dough over to create a crescent shape. Press and seal edges. Cut 3 slits across the top of each empanada and brush the tops of each with egg wash. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Serve with the yogurt sauce.

Cook’s Note

Instructions for freezing: Follow instructions for building empanadas, but do not brush the tops with the egg wash. Place built empanadas on a parchment-lined baking sheet and put into the freezer. Once the empanadas have frozen, place them in a plastic re-sealable bag and return to the freezer for up to 2 weeks. Instructions for reheating: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the frozen empanadas on a parchment-lined baking sheet. In a small bowl, whisk one whole egg and brush over the tops of the empanadas. Bake until golden brown and heated through, 35 to 40 minutes.

Fudge Factor

Chocolate Desserts

Indulge in our decadent chocolate desserts, from cookies and cakes to puddings, souffles and truffles.

Over-the-Top-Delicious Treats to Satisfy Your Food Obsession

Are you infatuated with ice cream? Do you lust over lobster? Swoon at the sight of chocolate? Here's the best recipe for each food …

How-To: Chocolate Cream Puffs

Make this classic and elegant French dessert using our step-by-step guide.

Review: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert's Chocolate Bar Nov 16, 2012

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert have teamed up with master chocolatier Christopher Curtin to create the "Good & Evil" chocolate b …

Easy Gift Idea: Chocolate-Covered Toffee Feb 7, 2013

Looking for an easy gift idea? Cooking Channel's recipe for Chocolate-Covered Toffee is just the ticket. A touch of coffee in the …

Essentials: Chocolate Basics Sep 1, 2016

Satisfy that chocolate craving in your very own kitchen. All you need is baking chocolate and a little know-how. It also helps to …

How to Make Truffles

Learn how to make a chocolate lover's favorite treat: the classic truffle made from smooth chocolate ganache.

Nostalgic, Old-Fashioned and Retro Candy and Candy Bars

Take a sweet trip down memory lane by ogling these old-school candy bars and confections.

How to Chop and Melt Chocolate

Lots of recipes call for melted chocolate. Follow these step-by-step instructions to do it properly.

The Craziest Chocolate Creations for American Chocolate Week Mar 17, 2013

It’s officially American Chocolate Week. Check out photos of mind-blowing chocolate creations.