Pumpkin-Spice Lamb Empanadas

pumpkin spice lamb empanadas
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  • 10Servings


  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 10 frozen empanada wrappers, thawed
  • 3 cups (24 oz.) vegetable oil, for frying
  • Plain Greek yogurt, for dipping


In a large nonstick skillet, cook the lamb and shallot over medium-high, stirring occasionally and breaking up with a spoon, until the lamb browns and the shallot softens, 6 to 8 minutes. Pour off any excess fat. Add the raisins and stir in the tomato paste and pumpkin spice. Cook, stirring often, until the raisins soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Season; let cool to room temperature.

Working with one empanada wrapper at a time, spoon about 3 tbsp. lamb mixture onto the center of the wrapper. Moisten the edge with water and fold into a half moon. Using a fork, crimp the edges to seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers and lamb.

Meanwhile, in a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high until shimmering (about 360 degrees ). Working in batches, fry the empanadas, turning once, until golden, about 3 minutes. Serve with the yogurt.