Catholic Recipe: Meat Filling for Empanaditas


  • 1 pound rump of beef
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 tablespoon fat
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup seedless raisins
  • 1 cup ripe black olives
  • 1 egg, well-beaten


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Origin: United States California Missions


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Also Called: Relleno de Carne; Meat Filling for Empanadas

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.


Cook the meat until tender, then chop (not too finely). Mince the green onions and salute in the fat until light golden in color. Add chopped meat, sugar, salt, chopped raisins, and olives; allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, cool and stir in the egg. Fill the empanaditas.

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