By Luke Chavez
The Times 

Black-Eyed Pea Empanadas

My Recipes | Luke Chavez


January 6, 2022

Luke Chavez

My mother's family has roots in Texas, which often influences our holiday gatherings. In Texas, as with much of the South, eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day is thought to bring good luck and fortune in the coming year. We often serve them simmered with bacon, along with a big hunk of my aunt's famous cornbread. This year, I wanted to try a twist on this family tradition, one that included a nod to my Latino heritage. The result was flavorful spiced black-eyed peas stuffed into flakey empanadas, a type of pastry found throughout Latin America, served with a zesty crema dipping sauce.


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