We use this Minced Beef Filling in a variety of dishes, from Empanadas and Pastelitos to Pastelones and assorted picaderas. I use it so much that I decided to save myself the time and just create a separate recipe for later use.
It can also be served on its own, or just get creative with it.
And while I’m at it, let me again apologize for not posting as often as we’re used to. I know I am starting to sound like a scratched record (Google that, young ones), or like throwing more excuses for procrastinating. I am not (entirely).
We’ve been adding a lot of new videos to our recipes; you’ve asked for it for a long time, so I’m trying to do this as fast as possible — better to tend to our evergreen content — the recipes that our readers come back time and time again, than adding new recipes that you might, or might not need right now. We now have over 50 videos, mostly recipes. Check them out!
There was another reason for the delay, last month I was attending We All Grow, a Latino blogger conference in California, where I taught a food photography session along with Ale from Piloncillo y Vainilla. Every bit as important was to meet some old friends (like Layla, from one of my favorite food blogs), and to meet some old friends that I hadn’t met in real life (like Veronica, and Vanessa, also food bloggers).
And I made a little video of my trip too.
And back to our recipe…
This is quite a versatile little recipe, you have it combine with potatoes (perfect for empanadas), raisins (perfect for Kipes), and, my own crazy idea: with Fritos Maduros (Fried Ripe Plantains), which would go so well in so many things. You can also leave out these optional ingredients and use it to fill lasagna, serve with pasta, or to stuff Pasteles en Hoja.
I bet you have many more ideas, and I’d love to hear them.
Minced Beef Filling - Pick your favorite of four choices to stuff your Empanadas, Pastelitos, and Pastelones with this juicy, tasty filling.
- 1/3 cup raisins [35g]
- 1/2 cup fritos maduros (diced)
- 1/2 cup diced boiled potatoes
Heat oil over medium-low heat. Stir in onion and cook and stir until it turns translucent. Add garlic and cook stirring for a minute.
Add minced meat and cook and stir, breaking into small clumps until it browns.
Pour in tomato sauce, add bell pepper, salt, and pepper. Stir and cover. Simmer for 3 minutes.
Uncover and mix in the optional ingredient of your choice, or none at all if you so prefer. Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste if needed. Remove from the heat.