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Beef empanadas on a big green platter with a bowl of guacamole in the middle
Easy and quick ground meat empanadas.
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Baked Beef Empanadas, semi-homemade with a juicy filling. Comes together in no time and the first to go in any party. This is how to make empanada filling with a Middle Eastern touch.

Course: Appetizer, baking
Cuisine: latin american, Mediterranean, Middle East
Keyword: beef empanadas, beef turnovers recipe, empanadas
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 74 kcal
Author: Amira
  • 2 Tablespoons oil.
  • 1 small onion diced.
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 lb ground beef.
  • 3/4 cup chopped green onion from 4 medium ones.
  • 1/4 cup  chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup  chopped Cilantro.
  • Tablespoon  smoked paprika.
  • 1/2 Tablespoon ground cumin.
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup tomato sauce.
  • 1 box refrigerated pie crusts.
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté onion and garlic in oil. Add beef and cook until no longer pink.
  2. Drain the fat then return to stovetop.
  3. Preheat oven to 400F.
  4. Add spices, green onion, parsley, cilantro and tomato sauce. Stir to combine and cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, unroll one pie crust.
  6. Using a cookie cutter, cut out rounds of the crust.
  7. Re-roll dough and cut rounds, you'll be able to get about 12 circles *.
  8. Put about 1 Tablespoon of the meat mixture in the center of each circle.
  9. Brush the edges of the circle with water then fold over the filling.
  10. Seal edges by pressing with a fork.
  11. Repeat with the other pie crust.
  12. Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper and sprayed with oil.
  13. Beat an egg with a dash of ground black pepper.Brush top lightly with the beaten egg.
  14. Bake for 11-14 minutes until nicely browned on top.
  15. Let it cool down before serving.
  16. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

* It depends on the size of the cookie cutter you are using, I've used a Manson jar lid as it was bigger.

Nutrition Facts
Easy and quick ground meat empanadas.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 74 Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.6g 9%
Potassium 102.6mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 2.3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.6g 2%
Sugars 0.6g
Protein 3.7g 7%
Vitamin A 9.5%
Vitamin C 5.2%
Calcium 0.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.