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Empanadas with Shrimp, Chipotles and Tomatoes

Shrimp empanadas

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

If you like shrimp, this is a great way to enjoy them.

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.

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.

Shrimp empanadas

Empanadas with Shrimp, Chipotles and Tomatoes

This empanada recipe is a great Mexican recipe. It's is not too hot (although you can up the heat level) and has lots of lovely shrimp inside.
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 54 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 24 Servings
Calories 172 kcal


Basic Dough Masa:

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

Shrimp Filling:

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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve with your favorite salsa for dipping.
  • Makes 24 empanadas.


Calories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 8gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 904mgPotassium: 106mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 260IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 1mg
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Shrimp empanadas

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