Going out to eat is a great fun thing to do, but making your own Mexican food at home with family and friends is better. Family members can create their own Empanadas and Nachos, without all the extra cost of a restaurant.
Family and friends night making Mexican Empanadas & Nachos!
Having a small party for adults or teenagers, they will sure to have fun spending time in the kitchen. In a way unknown to the teenagers this will give them the enjoyment of getting experience in the kitchen without it being a chore, or something they have to do. Having fun is the most important to have while creating food.
Some of the greatest chefs came from loving food or experiencing time in the kitchen with grandparents or their relatives’ place of business or restaurant. Encourage children even younger to spend time in the kitchen with older adults such as grandparents or mentor; young children can help make these too.
Chicken, Pork or Beef
You may use any meat you choose, I suggest using left-over meat from the night before; always cook a little extra meat to use a second time for an appetizer and quick day-time or night-time snack.
- Pie Dough or Goya Empanadas rounds (these are pre-cut to size)
- Meat of your choice
- Vegetable oil fry frying
- Low-fat finely shredded Cheese (Mozzarella, Cheddar/Monetary Mix)
- Pico de Gallo
- (Diced Jalapeno, Purple Onion, Tomato, and Cilantro, season with salt and pepper)
(You may also bake; brush with beaten egg before baking)
In large bowl mix cooked meat, cheese, Pico de Gallo together. Using a small spoon, measure a spoonful of mixture onto the dough you have laid out. Gently brush the edge of the dough with water. Carefully fold over not letting any mixture escape, press close with a fork.
Place these as you prepare them on wax paper or parchment paper lined sheet pan.
(NOTE: If making more than 6 at a time, place sheet pan with parchment paper in refrigerator till all are completely made.)
- You may choose to fry or bake them. When frying these take less than 30 seconds. Cook till GOLDEN BROWN
- Skillet Fry or Pan Fry: very little oil, do NOT cover with oil Deep Fry: According how hot fryer is, about 30 seconds is fine
- Baking: Brush Empanadas with a beaten egg, bake till GOLDEN BROWN
- Tortilla chips
- Refried Beans (optional)
- Meat from Empanada
Heat meat, beans, then spread on individual chips, top with cheese. Place in oven till cheese is melted. Top with Pic de Gallo, Cheese, Lettuce, Mexican Creama and Salsa