My Mom Lisa’s Amazing Beef Empanadas From Panama
- November 2020
- By Mary-Elizabeth Kear
- Recipe from Panama
These authentic Panama beef empanadas made by my mom, Lisa, hold a special place in my heart. When I smell them coming out of the oven, all hot and savory, it reminds me of coming home from school and having them as a snack in the kitchen with Mom. Or getting ready for a party at our house with our friends. My mom, sister and I would make dozens of them as we got ready for people to come over.
My mother was raised in Panama, where food and culture were a huge part in her life. She loved cooking in the kitchen with her abuela. Whenever I bite into an empanada, it brings back memories of stories my mom told me of her cooking with her abuela and growing up in Panama.
I hope you guys enjoy making these delicious Panamanian beef empanadas with your own family and share them with people you love the most. The flavor will bring you warm loving memories, I promise. Enjoy!
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I love this recipe, so i’m giving it five stars!!
Hi. I can’t wait to try your recipe. What type of sazon goya did you use? There are so many to choose from. Some have cilantro, some have tomato paste and some have onion.
Thanks, Ashley. We put your question to Lisa, and here is her answer: “Great question! I always use the ‘con culantro y achiote’ coriander and annatto.”