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10 Steps to Easy Empanadas

This delicious recipe for beef and cheese empanadas is healthier and lower in fat than your typical empanadas due to baking instead of frying. It's just 10 steps, too!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Author: Amy Greene


  • For the Crust:
  • 1 Pkg prepared pie crust in the refrigerator section of the grocery store.
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup water
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • For the Filling:
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 c tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 tbsp oregano
  • ½ tsp garlic salt you can substitute minced garlic if you prefer.
  • 2 tbsp minced onion optional


  • Preheat oven to 375 F
  • Brown ground beef and drain.
  • Adding seasonings and tomato sauce.
  • Place meat in a medium size bowl and allow to cool a bit. This keeps it from melting the cheese too fast.
  • Add shredded cheese and mix well. Set this aside for now.
  • In a small bowl, beat the egg, and add the water to make an egg wash. Mix this together well.
  • Remove dough rolls from package. Roll out the dough onto a pastry board or cloth. If you don’t have one, a sheet of wax paper on the counter will work. Do not add flour to dough. Using a round cutter (I use half of a plastic coconut cup, but you can use anything about that size) about 4 inches in diameter, cut circles from the dough.
  • Carefully lift the dough circle. Using a pastry brush, dab a bit of the egg wash on one edge of the dough circle, from the edge to about ½ inch in. This will help seal the dough when you crimp it.
  • Place a couple tablespoons of meat/cheese mix into the center of the dough, then carefully fold it over and pinch together.
  • Lay the empanada on the rolling surface, and use a fork to crimp the edges together. Repeat, balling up and re-rolling the dough as needed. Place onto a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Before putting them in the oven, give each one a light brush with the egg wash for a pretty golden brown crust.
  • Bake 15 minutes or until golden.
  • Serve with sour cream and your favorite sides.