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Goat Birria Empanadas

This recipe can be found at El Restaurante

Recipe by Gerardo and Victoria Salamanca, Café Tola, Chicago; recipe and photo courtesy of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)


The Red Sauce:

1 lb. dried puya chiles, rinsed and deveined

1 lb. dried guajillo chiles, rinsed and deveined

10 cloves garlic

1 white onion, chopped


Boil the chiles with enough water to cover them. Add garlic and onion. When the chiles are soft, blend in a Vitamix blender then strain.


The Birria and Consommé:

2 cases 6-way-cut Australian goat

10 cloves garlic

10 bay leaves

3 T. paprika

3 T. ground cumin

3 T. oregano

48 oz. tomato sauce

4 cans (size #10) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed


Preheat oven to 475°F. Add goat, garlic, spices, tomato sauce, and 48 ounces Red Sauce to a roasting pan. Add enough water so the goat is fully submerged in liquid. Cover with aluminum foil and roast for 4 hours. Remove goat from roasting pan and let cool. Add garbanzo beans to braising liquid and cook another 20 minutes. Once goat is cool enough to handle, shred into bite-sized pieces.


To Assemble and Serve:

Empanada dough

White onion, diced

Cilantro, chopped

Chihuahua cheese

Oil for frying


Using a tortilla press or rolling pin, flatten empanada dough into rounds. Place a small amount of birria, onion, cilantro, and cheese in the center of each round. Fold dough over filling and pinch edges to seal in a half-moon shape. Deep-fry empanadas for 3 minutes or until golden brown on both sides. Serve with consommé for dipping.

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