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For any Spanish students in Buenos Aires this winter, we encourage you to spend at least one night at home in order to cook a traditional Argentine meal.

One of the most eaten foods in Argentina, filled with a myriad of different ingredients, including beef, cheese, ham, chicken, and veggies, is the very famous Empanada. Empanadas can be bought all over the city, from cafes to supermarkets, however it is a fun and easy snack to make, plus, you then can add any ingredients you like. (Below, we have used beef as the main ingredient)

Beef Empanadas

400g Flour
1 tsp Salt
175g Butter
1 – 3 tbsp Water

**Note: At ANY supermarket in Buenos Aires, the empanada pastry can be bought, pre-made and prepared, leaving you only with the duty of filling the empanada. You choice!

450g Minced Beef (depending on how many you make – measure yourself)
2 Onions chopped
1 tbsp Tomato Paste
1 hard boiled Egg, chopped
Salt & Pepper (or any seasoning you like)

**Note: Ignore 1,2, and 4 if buying pre-made empanada pastry.

1. Put the flour in a mixing bowl and mix in the butter using your fingers.
2. Add the water, slowly, and mix until a spoon until the mixture combines.  Use your hands to form the mix into a ball and then cover and chill for one hour.

3. Cook the beef and other ingredients and let cool slightly.

4. Preheat the oven to 200C. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface into about 3mm/1/8th inch of thickness and then cut into 8 small circles.

5. Fill the circles with the filling, and fold over the edges into half moons, securing the edges by pressing with a fork.

6. Cook for about 20-30minutes, until golden brown.