Beef Empanadas

On the menu tonight- Empanadas! What’s an empanada? Basically a meat hand pie. My version has ground beef, onion, red and green bell pepper, and poblano pepper.
OMG! So good! They aren’t difficult to make. Great for on the go meals and easy to store leftovers. LOL, there won’t be any leftovers! SO good!

If you would like to make your version, check out the recipe below.

Beef Empanadas

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By Patrick Dulmage Serves: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 40 minutes Total Time: 55 minutes

Beef Empanadas


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion minced/fine dice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ red bell pepper, fine dice
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons adobo
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 egg, beaten to coat the pastry
  • Empanada Dough:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 4 oz butter
  • 2 oz white vinegar
  • 2 oz water
  • 1 egg



Preheat skillet to medium heat with olive oil


Add the beef, onion, garlic, pepper, cumin, salt and pepper.


As the meat cooks, break it up with a wooden spoon or spatula.


Cook until the meat is browned and cooked through.


Remove from heat and set aside to cool.


This recipe demonstrates the method. You can fill the empanadas with anything you like. Take it vegetarian and fill it only with veggies like mushrooms, onions, jalapeno, and poblano. Or fill them with ham and cheese... the possibilities are endless.

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