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Crab and Poblano Chile Empanadas

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Empanada Dough

  • 2 cups Maseca, dry corn masa
  • 1 ¾ cups warm water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Empanada Filling

  • ½ pound lump crab meat
  • ½ Poblano Pepper, roasted, skinned, seeded, chopped
  • ½ small white onion, chopped
  • ½ Roma Tomato, chopped
  • ½ tablespoon Montana Mex Avocado oil
  • 1 ½ Garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Montana Mex Jalapeno seasoning
  • ⅓ cup chopped Cilantro leaves and stems


Empanada Dough

  1. In a large bowl add Masa, salt and stir in water.
  2. Stir until Masa dough starts to form a ball.
  3. Remove from the bowl and knead until the dough is pliable like play dough or soft cookie dough.
  4. Divide dough into 6 equal-sized balls and cover until ready to use.
  5. Heat a medium-sized sauté pan over med/hi heat.
  6. Add avocado oil, onion, tomato and cook while stirring a few times for 1 minute.
  7. Add poblano, garlic, cilantro and Crabmeat. Continue to cook over medium heat for 2 minutes.
  8. Lower heat to low and place a lid on the crab filling. Cook, covered for 4- 5 minutes.
  9. Remove Crab filling from the heat and adjust the seasonings as needed.
  10. Allow cooling to room temperature before filling empanadas.

Empanada Filling

  1. Using a tortilla press or in between two sheets of plastic & press masa into 1/8 inch thick tortillas 6 - 7 inches across.
  2. Place a large spoonful of filling on one half of the masa tortilla and fold the other half of the tortilla over the filling into a half-moon shaped empanada, press edges firmly together.
  3. Shallow fry in med/hot oil until brown and crispy.
  4. Serve with Charred Pickled Red Onions & Sweet and Spicy Habanero Salsa and Jalapeno Lime Crema.
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