Black Bean Empanada – Puerto Rican Style

Black Bean Empanada – Puerto Rican Style

Empanadas are usually filled with ground beef or other different fillings. These empanadas are my vegan version. You can enjoy them as an appetizer, main dish or main course. They go well with my easy guacamole recipe.

Hello, my beautiful friends! Here’s my Puerto Rican Black Beans Empanadas. You can make your own dough or buy store-bought at your local supermarket in the Hispanic or international frozen aisle. They are easy to make and you can add other ingredients if you want. Empanadas are great for breakfast, brunch, or as a main dish. In Puerto Rico, we called them “empanadillas” or depending on the dough “pastelillos”. They sell them around the island almost everywhere.

This recipe was featured in the New Hampshire magazine March issue

I hope you try this recipe and like it as much as much as I do! If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think! Leave a comment and don’t forget to take a picture and share it on my Facebook page or tag it #thehungrydragonfly on Instagram! I love seeing your creations!

HERE’S THE RECIPE VIDEO:

Vegan Black Beans Empanadas

Yield: 24 empanadas

Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

½ teaspoon Minced Garlic

¼ cup Green Pepper, chopped

¼ cup Yellow Onion, chopped

1 bag Vegan Beefy Crumbles

1 cup Marinara Sauce

1 teaspoon Nutritional Yeast or Adobo

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 Sweet Plantain, chopped

1 can Black Beans

1 small can Whole Kernel Corn

Salt & Pepper to taste

Cayenne Pepper to taste if desired

1 cup Vegan Shredded Cheese or regular for vegetarian

1 Package Goya Dough Turnover Pastries **see notes

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Sauté garlic, green peppers and onions for 2 minutes.
  3. Add beefy crumbles and cook for about 4 minutes. Stir in marinara sauce, nutritional yeast and garlic powder. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  4. Lower heat to medium-low, add sweet plantains and fold until well incorporated.
  5. Add black beans, corn, salt & pepper, cayenne pepper if using, cook for another 3 minutes.
  6. Fold ingredients in cheese, turn stove off and set aside.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  8. On a lightly floured work surface, using a rolling pin, roll out discos until ½” larger in diameter. Spoon about 1 tbsp. mixture into middle, fold in half to form a half moon; seal with a fork.
  9. You can also deep fry but I prefer to bake them for about 15 minutes, flip over and bake for another 10 minutes or until they have a light golden color.
  10. Let if cool for about 10 minutes, serve with salsa or guacamole.

For my Easy Guacamole:

Ingredients:

2-3 Avocado Hass

¼ cup red onion, chopped,

Salt & Pepper to taste

½ fresh squeezed lime

Instructions:

Mix all ingredient and stir together until well incorporated.

**Notes: You can find the empanada dough at your local supermarket in the Hispanic or International food aisle. I also use sofrito as a seasoning, you can find the recipe on my blog.

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Kale, Spinach & Cashew Pesto

Kale, Spinach & Cashew Pesto

This easy pesto is ready in less than 10 minutes and it has so many uses. Pour over your favorite pasta, eat with crackers or veggies.

Use it on your pizza, wraps, sandwich even as a base when making savory meals. This pesto is similar to my sofrito recipe, but it uses different ingredients and purposes. I use cashews instead of pine nuts because we had allergy reactions with pine nuts. Also, I find that cashews give the pesto more consistency and a nutty flavor that I love.

Enjoy this pesto with your favorite pasta.

When making the pesto you can adjust the ingredients depending on your taste. I love making a big jar and have it available all the time. I adjust the amount I’m using depending on the recipe that I’m making. For example, if I’m using it on a pasta, I add a little bit more of olive oil. But if I’m using it on pizzas, bread or as a dip, I add more cashews or greens.

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HERES THE RECIPE:

Kale, Spinach & Cashew Pesto

Yield about: 1 ½ cups

Preparation Time: 8 minutes

Cooking Time: 8

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Kale, ribs removed
  • 1 cup spinach, washed and rinsed
  • 1 cup olive oil or more to taste
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup cashews, soaked overnight
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp salt or more to taste
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese or vegan alternative. (Optional)

Instructions:

  1. Add kale, spinach and olive oil to a blender. Blend until well combined.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until well combined.
  3. Add more water if needed.
  4. Feel free to add more seasonings depending on your taste and uses.

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Puerto Rican Tostones – Fried Plantains

Puerto Rican Tostones – Fried Plantains

Crispy fried plantains or Tostones are twice-fried plantain slices commonly found in Latin American cuisine and Caribbean cuisine. They are a staple in our Puerto Rican Cuisine.  They can be served as a side dish or appetizer.

Fried Plantains with Garlic Pesto

You can find these in Puerto Rico almost everywhere; at any restaurant, cafeteria, even at big chain restaurants and Asian restaurants around. But the best way to eat them is when someone invites you to their home and they make them for you. My grandma used to make the best tostones. I guess when you cook with love you transfer happiness to people.

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Sorullitos de Maiz Veganos-Puerto Rican Corn Fritters Vegan

Sorullitos de Maiz Veganos-Puerto Rican Corn Fritters Vegan

These delightful deep fried corn meal sticks are crunchy on the outside and buttery sweet on the inside and are great for brunch, as a dinner appetizer, or as a snack with your coffee. These can also be prepared without cheese.

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Easy Pumpkin Hummus

Easy Pumpkin Hummus

This hummus is flavorful, easy to make, healthy, and will hit the spot during your fall celebrations.

Hummus is so simple to make and so delicious. Classic hummus is made of tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, and salt. But did you know that you can add different ingredients and make it any kind of flavor? From savory to sweet like chocolate or strawberry.

This recipe is very easy to make. It comes together in less than 10 minutes with just a few ingredients. You just add all the ingredients to your food processor, pulse and it’s done! Be sure to scrape down the sides a few times.

Some of the ingredients. I save the aquafaba for another recipe.

Tahini is a sesame paste and you can usually find it in the ethnic section of your supermarket. Make sure that you use pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling.

Pumpkin Purée

If you need to bring a yummy treat to any celebration this is the right recipe for you. The combination of cinnamon, ginger and garlic goes surprisingly well. You can serve it with tortilla chips, pita chips, crackers, vegetables, or use it as a spread on sandwiches, wraps or on your salads.

Ready in less than 10 minutes

If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think! Leave a comment and don’t forget to take a picture and share it on my Facebook page or tag it #thehungrydragonfly on Instagram! I love seeing your creations!

Easy Pumpkin Hummus

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can of chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin puree, not pie filling
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon juiced (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • water if needed

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.
  2. Add more olive oil or water if it’s too thick.
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  4. Place the pumpkin hummus in a shallow bowl, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, garnish with chopped parsley and paprika.
  5. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

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