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Beef Empanadas Recipe
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Beef Empanadas Recipe

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"Empanadas made easy! Individual biscuits are filled with spicy ground beef and folded to seal in the filling while they bake. Great served with sour cream or a mango-peach salsa."

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Brown ground beef.
  2. Add tomato sauce, chilies, garlic, cheese, salt and pepper.
  3. Pat out each biscuit on cookie sheet and put about 2 tablespoons of beef mixture on each biscuit.
  4. Fold biscuits in half and seal the edges by crimping the dough by hand or with a fork.
  5. Brush top of empanadas with egg and bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees F.
  6. Optional: Serve with sour cream or a mango-peach salsa on the side.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 15, 2006

This was my first trying empanadas. These turned out great! I added yellow onions and green chili peppers that were in a can. Real easy to make!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 06, 2007

The filling on these was good, but I added onion and jalepeno as well. I agree with others about this being slightly misleading and not like any empanada I've ever had. That being said, this is still a decent recipe but I had a really hard time with the dough as another reviewer mentioned as well. I will probably try this again with large biscuits. Update: If your even thinking about trying this, make the Fried Empanadas recipe instead: you make your own dough, but its really simple...also, those can be baked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes if you don't want to fry them.


26 Ratings

Sep 19, 2007

I really wasn't sure how to rate this. Our family loved it however I made several changes by combining several recipes I found. Sorry if this is long winded but here is what I did. First I made a seasoning mix with 1 tbs cumin, 2 tbs Paprika, 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder, dash of salt and a dash of pepper. I sauteed 1/2 a med white onion in olive oil, then added 1 lbs ground beef. I used about 3/4 of the seasoning mix while browning the beef. I then drained the beef well and back in the pan mixed in about 4 1/2 oz plain tomato sauce, 1 4oz drained can of green chilies and 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. With it off the heat let the filling cool a bit. While it was cooling I started flattening out my biscuits (the large, home style grands) when they were good and flat (about 2.5-3in across) I spooned about 1.5-2 tbs of filling in the center, folded over and pinched the ends, brushed them with beaten egg and baked on a greased cookie sheet for 15 min at 375. I have a little bit of filling leftover but the hubby requested I save it for burritos tomorrow. :) We were all very impressed with the flavor, even my 2year old.

Jun 13, 2006

This was great! The filling was perfect and the biscuit dough made it so easy. The recipe kept in my refrigerator for a few days without spoiling too!

May 31, 2006

It was great!

Aug 09, 2006

This was a fun recipe to make, my first time and so simple. I used Jumbo biscuits, added chopped onion, chili powder and a bit of cumin to the meat mixture. It made a lot of empanadas! Froze the leftovers on a baking sheet then used the Food Saver to save them for a quick snack later on. Will play with other fillings, possibly calzone!

Sep 02, 2006

The filling is really great! The only trouble I had with the recipe was the biscuit dough. When I tried to fold the dough over the filling, I got holes in the dough. Next time I will try the suggestion to use the large biscuits. I might also try puff pastry.

Jan 04, 2008

Served this at a party and everyone loved it. Only complaint is that it leaked a bit - so be sure to seal tightly.


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  • Calories
  • 547 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 49 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 86 mg
  • 29%
  • Fat
  • 31.5 g
  • 48%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 18.8 g
  • 38%
  • Sodium
  • 1419 mg
  • 57%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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