Empasosa (Empanadas Meets Samosas)

You might be thinking, what the heck are Empasosas?  It’s a term my daughter came up with by putting together Empanada and Samosas.  We all know what empanadas are but what about Samosas? They are a fried or baked pastry with a savoury filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, cheese, beef and other meats, or lentils. … a popular entrée, appetizer, or snack in the local cuisines of the Indian subcontinent. 

Below you can find my Empasosa recipe.


Start by making the dough for the Empasosas because you will need it to rest for one hour.  The following dough recipe has been adapted from Sonia’s (La Pina En La Cocina’s ) recipe.

Ingredients For Dough

4 C of flour

1 ½ tsp salt

½ C unsalted butter (room temperature)

¼ C apple cider vinegar (You can use white vinegar.)

1 C room temperature water


  1. Combine dry ingredients.

  2. Cut in the butter until you have small crumbs.

  3. Mix in the vinegar.

  4. Gradually mix in ⅔ C of water.

  5. Only add more as needed.

  6. Knead dough on a flat surface for 5-6 minutes.

  7. Cover dough and let it rest for 1 hour.

While the dough rests, you can begin making the filling.

Ingredients For Filling

3 potatoes

1 tsp curry

¼ tsp cumin seed

¼ tsp coriander seed

1 tsp salt

3 tbsp chopped cilantro

4 tbsp flour

4 tbsp butter

Directions For Filling

  1. Peel and chop up potatoes into cubes.

  2. Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a skillet and add the potatoes.

  3. Cook for 5-7 minutes stirring occasionally.

  4. Set aside.

  5. Melt butter in a skillet (4 tbsp).

  6. Add flour (1 tbsp at a time) and mix thoroughly for 3 minutes or until you get a nutty aroma.

  7. Add salt and make sure it’s mixed well.

  8. Add cumin and coriander. Mix.

  9. Add curry and mix well.

  10. Mix in the potatoes until fully covered.

  11. Sprinkle cilantro and mix.

  12. Set aside.

Assembling the Empasosas

  1. Have a baking sheet ready.

  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  3. Divide your dough into equal portions (12-20 depending on the size you want them.).

  4. Roll them into balls.

  5. Using a rolling pin, roll out the balls to about 4 inches in diameter.

  6. Add the potato filling as desired down the center.

  7. Fold over and press the edges down with a fork.

  8. Place on your baking sheet.

  9. Brush with egg wash  before baking.

  10. Bake for 22-25 minutes.

  11. Cook on broiler just for a minute to brown further.

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Story time about Empasosas.


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