Barbacoa Empanada Recipe

Bring your menu to the next level by adding a Spanish empanada flare featuring Hillshire Farm® USDA Choice Beef Pot Roast tossed in barbacoa sauce and filled with fire roasted corn and cotija cheese.


Barbacoa Empanada

SERVING SIZE: 2 Servings

2 Ea.Dough, Pastry, Empanada, Disc, 5 inch (Commercially Prepared)
2 TbspRoast, Pot, Barbacoa (Sub Recipe)
2 TbspCorn, Kernel, Fire Roasted, Thawed (Commercially Prepared)
2 tsp.Cheese, Cotija, Crumbled
2 TbspWash, Egg, Prepared (Sub Recipe)


Sub Recipe

Barbacoa Recipe


5 Lbs.Hillshire Farm® USDA Choice Beef Pot Roast
16 OzSauce, Barbacoa (Sub Recipe)


Barbacoa Sauce Recipe


2 Ea.Chili, Guajillo, Dried
1 Ea.Chili, Arbol, Dried
2 Ea.Chili, Ancho, Dried
1 TbspOil, Canola
1 ½ CupsWater, Room-Temp
¼ CupVinegar, Apple Cider, Prepared
1 Ea.Onion, Yellow, Fresh, Peeled, Diced, ¼ inch
2 TbspGarlic, Clove, Fresh, Minced
1 TbspSpice, Oregano, Mexican, Dried
½ tsp.Spice, Cumin, Dried, Ground
1 tsp.Powder, Baking, Prepared
1 Ea.Spice, Leaf, Bay
1 ½ TbspSalt, Kosher


Egg Wash Recipe


2 Ea.Egg, Whole, Fresh, Cracked
2 TbspCream, Heavy, Prepared

Barbacoa Empanada

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 2: Place dough round on work surface.

Step 3: Using heaping tablespoon measure, spoon barbacoa pot roast, fire roasted corn and cotija cheese onto center of dough round.

Step 4: Using pastry brush, paint edges of dough with egg wash.

Step 5: Fold dough into half-moon shape; gently press down edges and twist down to seal.

Step 6: Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Step 7: Place empanadas on a parchment lined sheet pan, leaving 1½” space between each empanada.

Step 8: Brush tops of empanadas with remaining egg wash.

Step 9: Cook until pastries puff, turn golden brown and filling is hot, about 20 minutes.

Step 10: Remove from oven.

Step 11: Serve as needed.

Sub Recipe Directions

Barbacoa Recipe

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 2: Place Hillshire Farm® USDA Choice Beef Pot Roast onto a clean worksurface.

Step 3: Remove Hillshire Farm® USDA Choice Beef Pot Roast from package.

Step 4: Place Hillshire Farm® USDA Choice Beef Pot Roast into a hotel pan.

Step 5: Cover entire hotel pan with foil.

Step 6: Place in oven for 35 - 40 minutes.

Step 7: Remove Hillshire Farm® USDA Choice Beef Pot Roast from oven.

Step 8: Remove foil from hotel pan and shred/pull meat to desired consistency.

Step 9: Pour barbacoa sauce over the entire Hillshire Farm® USDA Choice Beef Pot Roast.

Step 10: Gently fold all ingredients together and place back into the oven for approximately 10 minutes.

Step 11: Remove from oven.

Step 12: Use as needed.


Barbacoa Sauce Recipe

Step 1: Remove the stems from the guajillo and ancho peppers and remove the seeds. 

Step 2: Place the dried chiles in a large bowl and cover with very hot or boiling water. 

Step 3: Soak them for 15 minutes, or until they become very soft and rehydrate. 

Step 4: Drain and discard the water. 

Step 5: Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth.

Step 6: Remove from food processor and use as needed.


Egg Wash Recipe

Step 1: Place egg and heavy cream in a small bowl. 

Step 2: Whisk with a fork until well combined and frothy. 

Step 3: Use as needed.

Preparation - Hillshire Farm® USDA Choice Beef Pot Roast

Bake: Conventional Oven Remove from package. Cover with foil and bake 325°F, 35 - 40 minutes if thawed.

Boil: Boil Place package in boiling water for 16 - 20 minutes if thawed; 25 - 30 minutes if frozen.

Microwave: Microwave Oven Vent package using knife to create 2 1/2" slits and place in microwave safe dish. Microwave 3 - 5 minutes, if thawed.

Thaw: Thawing Instructions Remove from case and place pot roast in 1 layer. Thaw 24 hours in refrigerator.

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South American