Empanadas with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

pineapple salsa


I am a salsa lover! I love trying different salsas on almost anything. So when my oldest made Empanadas with Grilled Pineapple Salsa at school last week she knew I would be a fan. 

Of course I just had to share with you all

To make the pastry (6) you need

  • 100 gr. All Purpose Flour
  • 60 gr. Masa Harina
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 60 gr. Lard, melted room temp.
  • approx. 70 ml. Water
  • ½ egg


The filling

  • 10 ml. veg oil
  • 100 gr. ground meat
  • 50gr. onion, minced
  • 2 cl. garlic, minced
  • a pinch of cumin
  • 50 ml. chicken stock
  • 2 green onions, chopped fine
  • 60 gr. Monterey jack cheese, grated


In a Medium pan with oil (med. to high heat)

Sauté onions, garlic, chicken, and season.

Cook until no longer pink.

Add stock and reduce.

Then add green onions and turn off heat and melt the cheese.

Refrigerate until needed.

Serve with pineapple salsa

Pineapple Salsa

  • 150 gr. pineapple, grilled, cooled & grated
  • ¼ red pepper, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. red onion, minced
  • ½ minced jalapeno
  • 2 sprigs cilantro, coarse chop
  • ½ tsp. dried Mexican oregano, rubbed
  • 1 tsp. ginger, minced
  • Simple syrup and lime juice to moisten / salt and black pepper

Step by step

Sift flour, masa harina , baking powder and salt into a bowl.

Add Lard, half of the water and half of the egg.

Knead dough in the bowl.

Add water if it starts to crumble.

Shape into a log and let rest for 30 minutes.

Divide dough into 6 pieces.

Put parchment square underneath and on top. *Tray with parchment and 8 to 10 parchment squares

Roll out into a circle.

Add filling and egg wash along the edges. Fold in half.

Cut into a moon shape

Pinch ends to close.

Brush egg wash over. Bake for 15- 18minutes.

Masa harina is a type of traditional flour used in Mexican cooking

Preparation for salsa

Season the pineapple with salt and pepper.

Add oil then place on grill.

In bowl add red pepper, jalapeno, cilantro, oregano, and ginger.

Grate pineapple into bowl with the juice.

Add lime juice, with some simple syrup.

Season and refrigerate.


I would love to hear what you thought of this if you give it a try. The salsa would be amazing with fish or chicken as well. 


  1. Ann Bacciaglia says

    This looks like a delicious recipe. Thank you for sharing!!!!

  2. Brandee H says

    These look so good. My son loves Empanadas. We always buy them from a little Columbian store near us. I have been too scared to try them but seeing your pictures I realize I really should try!

  3. Oh wow! Talk about comfort food! Thanks for the great recipe, Kim.
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  4. Christy Martin says

    It all looks so good. I especially want to try the Pineapple Salsa and I can think of several things it would go great with. Thank you!

  5. Cassey C says

    Thanks for sharing, looks delicious!

  6. lyndac1968 says

    These look very yummy and tasty, everytime I try making my own they sure don't like that, I have funny shaped ones lol

  7. Darlene W says

    what a great lunch idea to take to the beach

  8. Looks really good, thanks for the recipe!

  9. I have always wanted to try making empanadas. Thanks for the tummy recipe!

  10. I am a salsa lover too! This is a recipe I will keep and enjoy over and over.

  11. Rebecca H says

    This sounds great! Always wanted to try empanadas!

  12. Robert Wise says

    Love empanadas and salsa; need to try this recipe for sure. Looks so good. And I have most of the ingredients already.

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