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Easy Beef Empanadas

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Easy Beef Empanadas
  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 55 min
  • Ingredients 9
  • Servings 8
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Pillsbury™ Original Crescent Rolls make these easy, flavorful empanadas even easier! This creative twist on classic empanadas is sure to please the whole family.
By Paula Jones
Updated Apr 19, 2022

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef (at least 80% lean)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (8 oz) refrigerated Pillsbury™ Original Crescent Rolls (8 Count)
  • 1 egg, beaten

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 400°F. Line two large cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In 10-inch skillet, cook beef, onion, salt and pepper over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain. Return beef mixture to skillet; reduce heat to low. Stir in chili powder, cumin and tomato sauce; cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until heated through. Remove from heat; cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
  • 3
    Unroll one can of dough, and separate into 4 rectangles; firmly press perforations to seal. Cut each rectangle in half to form 8 total squares; place on one cookie sheet, spaced at least 1 inch apart.
  • 4
    Spoon 2 tablespoons beef filling in center of each square. Carefully fold dough over filling to form a triangle; firmly press edges with fork to seal. Brush tops of triangles with beaten egg. Repeat with second can of dough and remaining beef mixture.
  • 5
    Bake 9 to 12 minutes (in batches, if needed) or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    For best results, allow beef mixture to cool slightly before spooning onto crescent dough.
  • tip 2
    The egg wash on top of the empanadas gives them a picture-perfect, glossy finish.
  • tip 3
    Serve empanadas with salsa, sour cream or guacamole on the side.

Nutrition Information

320 Calories, 16g Total Fat, 15g Protein, 27g Total Carbohydrate, 8g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 Empanadas
Calories
320
Calories from Fat
150
Total Fat
16g
25%
Saturated Fat
7g
33%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
60mg
19%
Sodium
690mg
29%
Potassium
240mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
27g
9%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
8g
Protein
15g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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