Empanada de Queso (Corn Cheese Patty) - Recipe

"Empanadas" are the traditional corn patties you can buy anywhere in Costa Rica. Most likely, you might have seen them sold on bus rides or stations.


  • 2 cups corn mixture (Masa)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup grated white cheese
  • a dash of Tabasco, if you wish


Mix the Masa with salt (and Tabasco). Form balls of 1 1/2 tablespoons of the corn mixture. Put between two plastic sheets and press with a small pan to form a thin pancake. Put 1 1/4 teaspoons of grated cheese into the center and fold in half. Seal softly with finger tips and fry in oil until golden.


Preparation Time: 45 Min

Difficulty: very easy


The ingredients are enough for about 24 pieces.


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