Bolivian Salteñas Recipe


● 4 cups of flour
● 1/4 cup of sugar
● 1/4 tsp of baking powder
● 1/4 tsp of salt
● 1/4 cup of butter
● 1/2 cup of warm milk
● 1 egg
● 1/2 cup of beef or chicken broth
● 1/2 cup of diced cooked beef or chicken
● 1/4 cup of diced boiled potatoes
● 1/4 cup of diced green peas
● 1/4 cup of diced hard-boiled egg
● 1/4 cup of diced onion
● 1/4 cup of raisins
● 1/4 cup of chopped olives
● 1/4 tsp of ground cumin
● 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
● vegetable oil for frying


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and mix in the warm milk.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 2 minutes.
  6. Cover the dough and let it rest for at least 20 minutes.
  7. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness.
  8. Cut the dough into desired shape, traditionally they are cut into a circle or oval shape.
  9. In a separate bowl, mix together the beef or chicken, potatoes, green peas, hard-boiled
    egg, onion, raisins, olives, cumin, and cinnamon.
  10. Place a spoonful of the filling mixture into the center of each dough circle.
  11. Fold the dough over to form a crescent shape and press the edges together to seal the
    filling inside.
  12. Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat and add enough vegetable oil to coat
    the bottom of the pan.
  13. Carefully place the salteñas in the hot oil and fry until golden brown on both sides, about
    2-3 minutes per side.
  14. Drain on paper towels to remove any excess oil.
  15. Serve hot with a cup of beef or chicken broth.

Enjoy your homemade Bolivian Salteñas!
Note: Some variations use a sweet dough or a sweet filling, you can add sugar and/or milk to
the dough or filling if you like.

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