BBQ Brisket Emapanadas

No need to wait for leftover brisket to make these delicious brisket empanadas. The combination of Crossbuck BBQ's Texas style smoked and chopped brisket along with a fresh chimichurri sauce make this duo an irresistible combination. 

Crossbuck Smoked Brisket Empanadas

  • prep time: 25 Minutes
  • cook time: 10-15 Minutes
  • total time: 35-40 Minutes


Empanada Filling

  • 1 Pound Crossbuck BBQ Chopped Central Texas Style Brisket  (Delivered nationwide in convenient vacuum-sealed 1 lb. bags.)
  • ¼ cup Cream Cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup Smoked Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Crossbuck BBQ Pepe Rub (or your favorite BBQ rub)

Dough Recipe

  • 2 Cups Masa Harina
  • 1-¼ cups warm water, may vary
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt


  • ¾ cup of Olive Oil
  • 1-½ tablespoon Apple Cider Vineago
  • ½ cup chopped fresh Cilantro
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons minced Garlic
  • 1 Jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • ½ tablespoon minced Oregano
  • ½ tablespoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Crossbuck BBQ Guapo Rub (or favorite BBQ rub)

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To make the empanada filling:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix gently until well incorporated.  Cover and set aside.

To make the dough:

  1. Mix the Masa, water and salt in a mixing bowl by hand.
  2. Knead until the water is completely absorbed and the dough forms one ball.  Split this into 12 equal balls and flatten with a press.
  3. Wrap in plastic and set aside.

When making chimichurri

We prefer to chop all of the ingredients by hand to preserve the integrity of the sauce. Chimichurri is chunkier than a pesto. The food processor is not recommended, but if you do use one...please just pulse this sauce. It is not meant to be a puree. If not using the food processor, simply place all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir well.  Let sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to enjoying.

Forming the empanadas

  1. To form the empanadas, place one tablespoon of filling in each empanada skin.
  2. Gently fold over and press the edges with a fork on one side.

chopped brisket

  1. Once formed the empanadas can be wrapped in plastic until ready to cook. We bake ours at 350 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes.
  2. To deep fry, drop them into 325 degree oil until golden brown for 3 – 4 minutes.