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Beef empanadas on a big green platter with a bowl of guacamole in the middle
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Beef empanadas

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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, baking
Cuisine: latin american, Mediterranean, Middle East
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 140.6kcal
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.


  • In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté onion and garlic in oil. Add beef and cook until no longer pink.
  • Drain the fat then return to stove top.
  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Add spices, green onion, parsley, cilantro and tomato sauce. Stir to combine and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • On a lightly floured surface, unroll one pie crust.
  • Using a cookie cutter, cut out rounds of the crust.
  • Re-roll dough and cut rounds, you'll be able to get about 12 circles *.
  • Put about 1 Tablespoon of the meat mixture in the center of each circle.
  • Brush the edges of the circle with water then fold over the filling.
  • Seal edges by pressing with a fork.
  • Repeat with the other pie crust.
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper and sprayed with oil.
  • Beat an egg with a dash of ground black pepper.Brush top lightly with the beaten egg.
  • Bake for 11-14 minutes until nicely browned on top.
  • Let it cool down before serving.


* It depends on the size of the cookie cutter you are using, I've used a Manson jar lid as it was bigger.
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Calories: 140.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.7g | Protein: 3.7g | Fat: 9.8g | Saturated Fat: 3.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.5g | Cholesterol: 16.2mg | Sodium: 172.5mg | Potassium: 106.2mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 0.6g