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As promised last week and about a year ago, I will now share my creepy Halloween Mouse Empanadas Recipe! I warn you, as you see above, serving these is not for the faint of heart, as they look pretty convincing. Last year, a friend commented how eerie it felt to pull the tail out of the “body.” Haha. I’m guessing these would not go over well for vegetarians even if they were filled with cheese instead of meat.

First, follow the recipe below to make the filling and the dough. I adapted this recipe from another recipe. To see the original recipe from Allrecipes.com go here. If you don’t have time to make the dough (although I assure you this recipe is super easy, super delicious and preservative free!), I’m sure you can use frozen or refrigerated pie crust. Here is a convenient pre-packaged dough from Goya that would work nicely.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 4 yellow squash
  • 20 or so large black olives
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • sour cream for serving
To make dough: In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in the shortening till pieces are the size of small peas. Add a small amount of water to slightly moisten. Form dough into a ball. Roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick and cut into mouse shapes. (See PDF for example of mouse shape). Lightly flour both sides of shapes.
To make meat filling: In a medium skillet saute the onion and red pepper in olive oil. Add tomato paste, water, and vinegar, and cook for 20 minutes. Add meat, mix together and simmer until completely cooked. Salt and pepper to taste.
Place a large spoonful of the meat mixture into the center of a dough teardrop. Moisten the edges with your finger dipped in water. Pull the dough up from the sides and fasten the edges together by pressing firmly.
Follow steps for assembling mouse parts provided in PDF.
Baked in a preheated 400 degree oven until golden brown.
Serve with spider olives and sour cream. (See PDF for how to make spider olives).
Download the PDF for making and assembling the mouse empanadas: Halloween Mouse Empanadas Recipe
That’s it for this edition! See you next time!