Main Dishes

Bolivian Salteñas


I tried my first Salteña probably a couple of weeks after arriving in Bolivia. I wasn’t sure what it was, but the other missionaries said that I had to try it and that they were so delicious – and delicious they were! The bread has a delicious, slightly sweet taste, and the filling is so savory and delicious. They come in different varieties – made with chicken, shredded beef, ground beef, and more. They traditionally have a slice of hard boiled egg on the inside, as well as an olive and sometim

For the Filling
1 lb. of Ground Beef (or a couple of chicken breasts)
4 Cups of Beef Broth
3/4 Stick of Butter
2 Tablespoons of Achiote (ground or in paste form - this you can find in the Hispanic aisle at most grocery stores - in Bolivia this would be replaced with something called Aji Colorado, which I have not been able to find in the United States)
1 Onion, finely chopped
3 Large Potatoes, Diced
1 Cup of Peas
1/2 Cup of Parsley, finely chopped.
1/2 Cup of Sugar
1 Packet of unflavored Gelatin
1 Tablespoon of Cumin
1 Tablespoon of Oregano
1 Tablespoon of Salt
1 Tablespoon of Pepper
**Optional (3 Hard Boiled Eggs, Olives, Raisins)
For the Dough
4.5 Cups of All Purpose Flour
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup of Sugar
1 Stick of Butter, Melted
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
1.5 Cups of Boiling Water
Yellow Food Coloring (optional)
For the Filling Cook the diced potatoes in boiling water until cooked, but still firm. Melt the Butter together with the Achiote until well combined and incorporated. Add the Onions and the...
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