Goat Birria Empanada

Adapted by StarChefs.com
September 2021
StarChefs is partnering with Cafe Tola and True Aussie Goat to benefit Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). Through culinary training, career advice, and scholarship opportunities, C-CAP fights the cycle of poverty by guiding underserved high school students toward a bright future in the hospitality industry. For every goat birria empanada ordered during Rising Stars Restaurant Week from September 21 to October 5, StarChefs is donating $2 to C-CAP.

INGREDIENTS:

Red Sauce:
1 pound dried puya chiles, rinsed and deveined
1 pound dried guajillo chiles, rinsed and deveined
10 cloves garlic
1 white onion, chopped
Birria and Consommé:
2 cases 6-way-cut Australian goat
10 cloves garlic
10 bay leaves
3 tablespoons paprika
3 tablespoons ground cumin
3 tablepsoons oregano
48 ounces tomato sauce
4 cans (size #10) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
To Assemble and Serve:
Empanada dough
White onion, diced
Cilantro, chopped
Chihuahua cheese
Oil for frying

METHOD:

For the Red Sauce

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.

For the Birria and Consommé

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 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

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 3 minutes or until golden brown on both sides. Serve with Consommé for dipping.