Cooking instruction and fun in the kitchen continues. Cedo makes great empanadas! Last week she came over and taught me how she does it.

It starts with chicken and corn. Cook two chicken breasts and grind about 20 ears of corn.

Next step is to prepare the filling

Now, it is time to prepare the shells and fill them. For me, this was the hardest part. I was always tearing something and repairing holes.

Now, they are ready for frying! Keep them covered with a towel so they don’t dry out while they are waiting to go in the oil.


  • two chicken breasts (can be made with other meat if you prefer), cooked with the following, and then de-bone and shred the meat.
  • couple leaves of culantro
  • half an onion, sliced
  • couple cloves of garlic, sliced or smashed
  • couple cubes of Maggi bullion
  • half a green pepper, sliced
  • packet of tomato sauce
  • 20 ears of corn, cut off cobs and finely ground
  • For the filling – one cooked potato
  • 1/4 diced onion
  • 1/2 diced green pepper
  • handful of raisins (optional)
  • vegetable oil for frying

As with any recipe, you can change things to suit your own tastes. These are a fair amount of work and I tend to avoid fried foods, but for an occasional treat these are really good!

About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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14 Responses to Empanadas

  1. allig565 says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!


  2. Do they sell the shells pre-made at the store? I think I need to start small!


  3. Wow! These look delicious. I wonder if you can make regular pastry dough and bake them instead of frying them?


  4. It looks very delicious!My mouth is seriously watering now!!! 😀 I really have to try out your wonderful recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us! 🙂


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