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Savory Beef Empanadas

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6 servings

Try Savory Beef Empanadas with only 30 minutes of prep time! These Savory Beef Empanadas are made with a versatile dough that can be either fried or baked.

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  • Prepare Empanada Dough. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap; set aside while preparing empanada filling.
  • Brown ground beef in medium skillet on medium heat; drain. Add onions, peppers, ham, dressing, tomato sauce and garlic; mix well. Simmer on medium-low heat 10 min., stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in cilantro.
  • Shape dough into 12 balls, using about 2 Tbsp. dough for each. Flatten each ball into 6-inch round. Spoon about 1/4 cup meat mixture onto center of each round. Moisten edges with water. Fold dough rounds in half to enclose filling; press lightly on tops to remove air pockets. Seal edges with fork.
  • Heat oil in large deep skillet to 375°F. Add empanadas, in small batches; cook 3 min. on each side or until golden brown on both sides. Remove from oil with slotted spoon; drain well. Cool slightly.

Special Equipment Needed

Size Wise

You'll know it is a special occasion when you get to enjoy a serving of this indulgent dish.

Empanada Dough

Combine 2 cups flour, 1 tsp. CALUMET Baking Powder and 1/4 tsp. salt in large bowl. Cut in 1/2 cup lard with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add 1/2 cup water, stirring until mixture forms ball. Place dough on lightly floured surface; knead 5 min. or until smooth and pliable.

Make Ahead

Prepare empanadas as directed but do not fry. Place on parchment paper-covered baking sheet. Refrigerate up to 24 hours. Cook as directed. To freeze, layer unbaked empanadas in airtight container between sheets of waxed paper or parchment paper. Freeze up to 2 weeks; thaw completely and pat dry before cooking as directed.

Cooking Know-How

It is very important to make sure the empanadas are completely sealed before frying. Any openings in the dough may cause the filling to leak out and oil to spatter.


Substitute 1 pkg. (17.3 oz.) frozen puff pastry, thawed, for the Empanada Dough. Roll each pastry sheet into 15x10-inch rectangle on lightly floured surface. Cut out 6 (5-inch) squares from each sheet. Fill and seal as directed, forming triangles instead of semi-circles. Bake in 400°F oven 18 to 20 min. or until golden brown.


  • 6 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 6 servings
Calories 560
Total fat 37g
Saturated fat 11g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 420mg
Carbohydrate 34g
Dietary fiber 2g
Sugars 2g
Protein 21g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 4 %DV
Vitamin C 8 %DV
Calcium 8 %DV
Iron 20 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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