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Catholic Recipe: Empanadas de Orno


  • 3 onions
  • 1 green pepper
  • butter
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 can niblet corn
  • 1/2 can cream corn
  • 1/2 cup ripe olives
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • salt and pepper
  • pie dough
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • Details

  • Prep Time: 1 1/2 hour
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: Mexico

Also Called: Meat Pies

The Feast of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist in Mexico is definitely also a day of feasting. Everyone brings food to the bathing places — cakes and sweets, but also chicken tamales and stuffed peppers, pork tacos and empanadas (meat pies).


Chop onions and pepper and fry in a little butter until they begin to brown. Then add the meat and fry for about ten minutes. Add the corn, the pitted ripe olives, and raisins, with salt and pepper to taste. Roll out your favorite pie dough and cut into rounds. Place a tablespoon of the mixture on each, lay a slice of hard-boiled egg on top; fold pastry over and pinch the edges. Sprinkle brown sugar on top and bake in a 400° F. oven until done.

Recipe Source: Feast Day Cookbook by Katherine Burton and Helmut Ripperger, David McKay Company, Inc., New York, 1951
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