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Letters from Lindsay: Traditional Cheese Empanada Recipe

empanada-mexican-foodPreparation Time: 45 Min
Difficulty: Very Easy

This is a traditional cheese empanada (empanada de queso) that we make for family gatherings. For best results share this recipe with all your family members. Do not forget to drink a cup of Costa Rican coffee, you know as prepared in the village of San Rafael! When we made these the last time, we enjoyed empanadas plus gallo pinto (rice and beans), sunny side up eggs, and watermelon for breakfast. All prepared in a wood stove, in my mother’s open air kitchen.
Come and enjoy this. The taste is delicious!


2 cups corn flour (masa de maíz)
1/2 teaspoon salt (media cucharadita de sal)
1/2 cup grated white cheese (media taza de queso blanco rallado)
1/4 cup water (un cuarto de taza de agua)


Mix the corn flour with salt (and water). Form balls of 1 1/2 tablespoons of the corn mixture. Put between two plastic sheets and press with a small pan to form a thin pancake. Put 1 1/4 teaspoons of grated cheese into the center and fold in half. Seal softly with finger tips and fry in oil until golden.


CK_Costa_Rica_True_Nature_2014-190Lindsay Padilla is a nature lover and mom of two boys. She has been teaching Spanish since 2006 and working for the development of rural communities in Costa Rica. She enjoys writing, reading and swimmingRead more Letters from Lindsay blogs here.