Empanadas with Shrimp, Chipotles and Tomatoes

Shrimp empanadas
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  • Yield : 24 empanadas
  • Servings : 8 to 10
  • Prep Time : 50m
  • Cook Time : 4m
  • Ready In : 54m

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This recipe for shrimp empanadas is one of our tasty Mexican recipes.

Real Mexican food is a delightful mix of flavors that really get your taste buds moving. It doesn’t always have to be hot either, just full of wonderful flavors.

This empanada recipe is not too hot. The canned chipotle chilies in adobo add a bit of heat but lots of flavor.

How to Make Empanadas:



  • Basic Dough (Masa):

  • 5 cups finely ground corn flour for tortillas
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • Filling:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 cups seeded and diced plum tomatoes
  • 2-3 canned chipotles chiles in adobo, chopped
  • 2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled deveined, chopped and dried
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 4 cups canola oil for frying


Step 1

To make the dough, mix the corn flour with the water and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment on medium speed, until it is evenly distributed and forms a cohesive, not sticky, semi firm dough when pressed together.

Step 2

To mix by hand, combine the ingredients in a bowl with a fork. Gather into a ball and knead the dough until smooth and no longer sticky. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1/2 hour or up to 5 days.

Step 3

Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and the onion. Sauté until translucent, about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the tomatoes and chipotles, lower the heat to medium, and simmer until the liquid from the tomatoes evaporates, 5-6 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Step 4

Heat a large skillet over high heat or use a deep fryer. Add the remaining oil and the shrimp. Sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the shrimp are cooked through. Let them cool, and then drain off any water. Toss the shrimp with the tomato mixture and cilantro and season to taste with salt.

Step 5

Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, put them between 2 sheets of plastic wrap, and then flatten them into 1/8 inch thick disks, using a tortilla press or between two books. Spoon 2 tablespoons of filling in the center of each disk, fold in half like a turnover, and pinch the edges to seal.

Step 6

In a large saucepan, heat the canola oil to 350°F. Fry a few empanadas at a time. Cook the first side for 2 minutes or until lightly browned, turn once, and then cook the second side for 2 minutes.

Step 7

Serve with your favorite salsa for dipping.

Step 8

Makes 24 empanadas.

Did You Know?…

The masa dough is the basis for many Mexican recipes.

This authentic empanada recipe is from a terrific cookbook called Mod Mex: Cooking Vibrant Fiesta Flavors at Home.

Find our review of the Mod Mex Cookbook here.

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