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Empanadas with Corn Dough

Empanadas with Corn Dough or Quesadillas are a delicious snack which can be eaten any day. They can be filled with a variety of fillings from farmer fresh cheese, squash flowers, potatoes, ground meat, shrimp, chicken, etc. 
Course Antojitos
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 246kcal


  • 2 cups of masa harina
  • 1-¼ cups of warm water amount may vary depending on air humidity and other wheatear conditions.
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 pieces of round plastic cut out from a bag. freezer bags are ideal for this purpose.
  • 2 cups of filling cooked chicken, ground meat or grated cheese
  • 2 cups of shredded lettuce
  • 1 avocado diced
  • About 1 ½ cup of vegetable oil for frying


  • Prepare the dough in a bowl, mixing the masa harina, salt, and warm water to form a ball, knead dough until smooth. Divide the dough into 12 balls, and flatten and slightly cover with plastic wrap. Set aside.
  • Place one ball of dough between two pieces of plastic and press using a tortilla press, a heavy skillet or a dish. I know, you have seen the tortilla press, but somehow I love to use my glass dishes for this step. So, do not be afraid, use whatever you have.
  • Remove the top piece of plastic and spoon some of the stuffing onto the tortilla. Leaving enough room to seal the edges.
  • Using the piece of plastic fold the dough over to make a half moon shape turn over. Pinch the edges, making sure they seal to avoid any leaking of the mixture while frying. Remove the empanada from the plastic set aside on a large plate or tray and cover with a plastic wrap. Keep working with the rest of the dough making the empanadas.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet over high heat. It's frying time!
  • Deep fry the empanadas one or two at a time until golden brown.
  • About 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot topped with lettuce and avocado. Eat them adding some salsa. After that, take a long walk.


The filling must be cold to keep the dough in shape.


Serving: 2Empanadas | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3.5mg