Belizean Meat Pies

"These spicy little meat pies are tasty and quite simple to make. The recipe is based on one posted in a forum about Ambergris Caye. Using a food processor to make the dough is not only a time-saver, but you'll know it's the right consistency when a ball forms in the bowl."
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins




  • Combine the first 9 ingredients (through the habanero pepper) in a deep skillet over medium heat. Brown, lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the pastry dough by combining the flour, baking powder, salt and shortening and mixing until it resembles fine bread crumbs. Slowly add 1 tablespoon cold water at a time, incorporating after each addition, until the mixture comes together in a firm ball. It should not be sticky. Divide the mixture into two discs and let rest for about 15 minutes before rolling out into a round about 1/8 - 1/4" thick. Cut out twelve 2 1/2 - 3" circles in each round.
  • Place a circle at the bottom of each muffin well in a 12 muffin tin and press lightly along the bottom and sides to form the pie bottoms. Place the meat mixture in each pie bottom leaving about 1/4 " of dough above the filling on the sides. Place a circle on top of each filled pie and crimp to seal the edges. Pierce a small hole in the top with a knife point to allow steam to escape while baking.
  • Bake the pies at 350 degrees F for 15 - 20 minutes until nicely browned. Let cool until they can be handled and serve.

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  1. The filling is excellent! To make a gluten free crust, I used 1 cup fine yellow cornmeal, 1/2 cup white rice flour and 1/2 cup tapioca starch plus 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum and 1/2 tsp. salt, 3 tbsp. coconut oil, 1 egg and 1/2 cup ice cold water. The crust is not terrific, texture wise, no gluten free pie crust hero here, but with the filling it was fantastic! Thanks for sharing! Made this for CQ 2017 Central America for the Empanadas VS Pupusas Challenge for the Happy Campers
  2. These were fun to make. I liked the muffin tin technique! The dough was easy to work with and form. The filling was tasty. My family liked but didn't love the empanadas - which could be personal tastes. They sure are pretty and they were fun to make. I liked them very much. Thank you!



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