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baked empanadas with salsa verde

Baked Beef Empanadas

Learn how to make these delicious baked beef empanadas
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword antojitos, empanadas, street food
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 empanadas
Calories 247kcal


For The Ground Beef Filling

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 white onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

For the Empanada Dough

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cold butter cut into small pieces
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 - 1 cup cold milk

Additional Ingredients

  • 1 egg beaten, for applying to empanada prior to baking.


To Make The Ground Beef Filling

  • Add the olive oil to a frying pan and then sautee the onion and garlic.
  • Add the red pepper and cook for about 1 additional minute.
  • Add the ground beef and the seasonings and cilantro and cook until the ground beef is cooked through.
  • Add the tomato sauce and mix well. Continue cooking for 3-5 more minutes.

For the Empanada Dough

  • Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  • Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. Slowly add the butter and combine.
  • Add the milk a little bit at a time until the dough forms.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

To Form The Empanadas

  • Take a ball of dough that is about 1-1.5 inches in diameter and flatten it with a rolling pin or a tortilla press. Use a cup or some other dough cutter to make a perfect circle.
  • Add some of the beef filling to the center and brush a small amount of the beaten egg along the edges.
  • Fold over and secure the edges using a fork.
  • Add to the baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
  • Serve with Salsa.


Serving: 1Empanada | Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 493mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 430IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg