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Beef Empanadas
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Ingredients 8
  • Servings 6

Think empanadas are hard to make? Think again! It’s easy to throw together this South American classic when you start with Pillsbury™ pie crusts. The filling is simple, too. Cheesy ground beef and vegetables give these empanadas big flavor without any fuss. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1/2
teaspoon chili powder
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes with mild green chiles, well drained
1
box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
1/2
cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (2 oz)
1
egg, beaten

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 400°F. In 12-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in chili powder, salt and tomatoes. Remove from heat.
  • 2
    On ungreased large cookie sheet, unroll pie crusts. Spoon about 2 cups beef mixture onto half of each crust, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edge. Top each with 1/4 cup cheese.
  • 3
    Brush edge of each crust with beaten egg. Fold untopped half of each crust over filling; press edge with fork to seal. Cut slits in several places in top of each; brush with beaten egg.
  • 4
    Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into wedges to serve.

Expert Tips

  • If you like cilantro, chop 2 tablespoons, and add it to the empanada filling with the tomatoes.
  • Beef is one of the most common stuffing ingredients, but other variations include veggies, chorizo and chicken.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
480
Calories from Fat
250
% Daily Value
Total Fat
28g
43%
Saturated Fat
12g
60%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
100mg
33%
Sodium
720mg
30%
Potassium
180mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate
36g
12%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
2g
Protein
19g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Our beef empanadas recipe combines cheesy ground beef and vegetables for a seriously satisfying meal. This recipe requires only 20 minutes of prep time and makes 6 servings. Want to add a little something extra? Add two tablespoons of cilantro to the empanada filling alongside the diced tomatoes for an enhanced flavor. One of the best features of empanadas is how easily they are to customize. For example, you can substitute beef for ground turkey or pork. You can even make them vegetarian! These black bean and cheese empanadas are a great option that doesn’t sacrifice protein. In fact, one cup of cooked black beans provides 15 grams of protein! Need a refresher on the best way to make empanadas? We have an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide for you. Want more ideas on how to customize your empanadas? We have a bunch of yummy empanada recipes for you to choose from.

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