Pastel de Queso (Empanadas Para Api)


Every day early in the morning around 5 am, the air in the streets at the market fills with the smell of dough being fried and red corn flour being boiled. This is the way some Bolivians start their day with a warm cup of red boiled corn and a delicious melted cheese inside the Pastel de Queso.


Pastel de Queso (Empanadas Para Api)




  • 8 oz   Queso Fresco or Monterrey Jack



  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp Crisco
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tbsp sugar
  • ⅛ cup boiling water.
  • 1 Tbsp confectioner sugar



Sift the flour in a large bowl, heat the crisco to boiling point. Add the hot crisco to the flour and mix with a wooden spoon.

Add the egg salt and sugar and mix. Slowly add the hot water until you had a soft dough easy to roll. Divide the dough in half and each half in half until we have 16 little balls.

Rolled with a pan rolled each of them and once flat adds cheese in the middle and folded in half-press carefully the edges to close, Do the same with the others.

Do the same with the others. Heat 1 cup of vegetable oil and when is ready cooked each of them until golden.

Cool them in a paper towel and once cooled sprinkled with some confectioner sugar.

Enjoy it with a good cup of coffee or if you can with a good API Morado!


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