Brazil, the largest country in South America, was colonized by the Portuguese hence the spelling empadinhas or empadas. This Bahian-style empada filling can also be made with scallops or for a variation, used in puff pastry.
Like most stews, this one takes a while to cook, about 4 hours. It is interesting because it contains a number of pre-Columbian ingredients, namely Chiltepins, corn, squash, potatoes, and tepary beans. The spicy heat can be adjusted by adding or subtracting Chiltepins.
Smoked beef brisket, traditional barbecue fare, usually takes a very long time to cook so that the meat is tender. By using a brisket flat instead of an entire brisket the cooking time is reduced. Note: This recipe requires advance preparation.