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Catholic Recipe: Bean Filling for Empanaditas


  • 1 cup cooked frijoles (pink beans)
  • 1 tablespoon fat
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of cinnamon or nutmet


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Origin: United States California Missions


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Also Called: Relleno di Frijoles

Empanaditas is one of the traditional foods eaten in the California Missions. So many of these foods are a combination from Mexican, Spanish and Native American cultures. The filling can be sweet or savory: pumpkin, beans or meat.

Foods from the California Missions, like empanaditas, are a wonderful way to honor Franciscan saints like St. Junipero Serra.


Mash frijoles and salute lightly in the fat. Add the sugar, salt, and spice and cook over a medium heat until the mixture is thick and separates from the pan. Cool. Fill the empanaditas.

Recipe Source: California Missions: A Complete Pictorial History and Visitor's Guide, The by Sunset Editors, Sunset Books, 1979