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Beef Empanadas

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Beef empanadas are the ultimate Mexican dish as it combines beef and vegetables together that are then wrapped in a flaky crust that is egg washed to give it a delicious golden-brown crust.

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We are going to show you how you can easily make this dish right in the comfort of your own home.

One of my favorite things to do is make my favorite dishes that I get at a restaurant at home so that I can enjoy them more often and usually with fewer calories. These baked beef empanadas are just that!

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You will love that these empanadas are loaded with so much flavor that is then baked in the oven to perfection to save on the extra calories that you usually get when frying them.

Once you make these, they will become your go-to beef empanada recipe to make for friends and family.

What is inside an Empanada?

Usually, you will find a protein (pork, chicken, or beef) with 1-2 vegetables.

 Ingredients

Ingredients

4 Cups (700 gm) beef chunks (smalls) 1/3 cup Welsh onion
1 white onion, chopped
1/3 cup red bell pepper
1/3 cup Green bell pepper
½ Tbsp Oregano
1Tsp paprika
1 Boiled egg, chopped
1/3 cup pitted olives 1/3 cup tomato sauce
2 Tbsp oil for frying
1 tsp ground cumin powder
15 Empanada dough sheets
Salt (necessary amount)
Black pepper powder (necessary amount)

Instructions

  1. In a pot over low heat, add the oil for frying, the white onion, the welsh onion, and the red and green peppers cut in chunks. Stir and fry for 1 or 2 minutes.
  2. Add the beef. Raise the heat to medium. Mix and stir while it cooks
  3. When the beef chunks are cooked, add in the tomato sauce. Cook for a few minutes.
    Then turn off the heat and let it cool.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and seasonings. Mix further.
  1. Once the filling is cool, put the filling in the center of the empanadas dough. Wet the edges with water and close by pressing with your fingers. To finish, use a fork pressing on the edge of the dough. (refer to process images)
  2. Brush the empanadas top with egg yolk.
  3. Preheat oven to 375F to 400F (190C to 205C) and bake for 20-25 minutes or until empanadas are golden brown.

Tips Tricks and FAQs

● Want to make these a little bit cheesy? Add a little shredded cheese to the mixture once the filling is cooled and you are about ready to add it to the center of the empanada dough.
● If you find yourself without beef chunks another alternative that is often used is ground beef.
● You can also swap out the vegetables if you choose. Potatoes and carrots are both great options.
● The spices are key when it comes to your Empanadas. Be sure you don’t omit the cumin. You can also add in cinnamon or a bit of chili powder if you choose.

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Storage

Store your leftover empanadas in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Why do you egg wash the outside of the empanada?

You use an egg wash on the outside of the empanada to help it get a nice golden brown crust. This is a step you don’t want to skip.

Can you make these ahead of time?

Yes, once your empanadas are made you can lay them on a tray lined with parchment paper. Cover gently and place in the fridge until you are ready to bake.

If you would like to freeze these for later, follow the directions above, but rather than placing them in the fridge, place them in the freezer and flash freeze them. Once completely frozen add them to a freezer-safe bag.

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What do you serve with empanadas?

When it comes to sides to serve with empanadas the sky’s the limit! Some really great options include:

Your favorite Mexican Rice
Salsa
Queso
Black Beans
Pinto Beans
Sour Cream
Guacamole

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Yield: 15

Beef Empanadas

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Beef empanadas are the ultimate Mexican dish as it combines beef and vegetables together that are then wrapped in a flaky crust that is egg washed to give it a delicious golden-brown crust.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups (700 gm) beef chunks (smalls)
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Welsh onion
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup Green bell pepper
  • ½ Tbsp Oregano
  • 1Tsp paprika
  • 1 Boiled egg, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Pitted olives
  • 2 Tbsp oil for frying
  • 1 tsp ground cumin powder
  • 15 Empanada dough sheets
  • Salt (necessary amount)
  • Black pepper powder (necessary amount)

Instructions

  1. In a pot over low heat, add the oil for frying, the white onion, the welsh onion, and the red and green peppers cut in chunks. Stir and fry for 1 or 2 minutes
  2. Add the beef. Raise the heat to medium. Mix and stir while it cooks
  3. When the beef chunks are cooked, add in the tomato sauce. Cook for a few minutes. Then turn off the heat and let it cool.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and seasonings. Mix further.
  5. Once the filling is cool, put the filling in the center of the empanadas dough. Wet the edges with water and close by pressing with your fingers. To finish, use a fork pressing on the edge of the dough. (refer to process images)
  6. Brush the top of the empanadas with egg yolk. 
  7. Preheat oven to 375F to 400F (190C to 205C) and bake for 20-25 minutes or until empanadas are golden brown.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

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