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These crispy, cheesy, 30-minute easy beef empanadas are so simple to make with refrigerated pie crust and a savory beef and cheese filling. Whip up these yummy empanadas and serve with creamy, authentic Mexican guacamole for a delicious meal! 

up close view of filling in cooked beef empanada

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This post is in partnership with HERDEZ®. All opinions are my own. 

I’m always on the lookout for easy recipes to make that can double as an app/snack or as part of a meal. That way, I always have an arsenal of recipes that I can make for guests, take for picnics or potlucks, or have on hand when we want to have a snacky dinner in front of the latest new animated film. 

These beef empanadas check alllll the boxes: budget-friendly, easy and fun to make (even more so if you have little helpers like I did), filling, and delicious to eat, especially when topped with HERDEZ® authentic Mexican guacamole or dipped in salsa. 

Why This Recipe Works

Herdez® Traditional Guacamole — Made with only high-quality, simple ingredients (like real Haas avocados), HERDEZ® Traditional Guacamole is a delicious line of refrigerated guacamole that is carefully crafted using an authentic Mexican recipe that was handed down for generations.
Versatile — I used beef in this recipe, but you can easily substitute any ground meat you love. Chicken and turkey are wonderful, and pork empanadas would be delicious too! 
Refrigerated pie crust
— I can’t tell you how many times refrigerated pie crusts have come in handy when I need a recipe shortcut. I keep at least two packages in my fridge at all times, just in case. If you want to make your own crust that’s great too, but I tend to rely on the ease of thawing and rolling these babies out for all my crust needs. Portable — Make them, bake them, and take them, or make them and pop them in the fridge before taking them to bake somewhere else (like that unexpected cookout where you were asked to bring an app). That way, they’re fresh and toasty right out of the oven.  

up close baked empanadas piled on a plate

Here’s How You Make It

four steps for preparing filling and crust for empanadas
  1. First, brown the meat in a pan for about 4-6 minutes or until the pink is completely gone and the meat is cooked through.
  2. Add in the spices and stir in the chilis, pimentos, and tomato paste. Allow this to all cook together for 2-3 minutes, then stir in the cheese and remove the meat mixture from the heat.
  3. Next, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and, using 3-inch round biscuit or cookie cutters, cut the thawed refrigerated pie crust into circles.
  4. Add 2-3 tablespoons of the beef mixture to each dough circle. Fold in half and use a fork to seal the edges. 
  5. Put the empanadas on a prepared baking sheet and brush each with whisked egg. 
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or till golden brown. 
  7. Serve with HERDEZ® Traditional Guacamole.
four steps of preparing empanadas

What Makes HERDEZ® Traditional Guacamole So Good?

If you’re looking for a new go-to guacamole brand, look no further than HERDEZ®. Take it from me, I’ve made my own and tried just about every pre-packaged guacamole brand out there (I am a semi-professional taco eater, afterall), and HERDEZ® is IT.
Why? Well, first of all it’s made with fresh, real Haas avocados, and you can tell; you won’t taste or see any of that bland, pale green paste here. The avocados are then seasoned to perfection with Serrano peppers, cilantro, garlic, onion, and salt. Plus, it’s available in two varieties: mild and spicy.

If you’re looking to bring the authentic flavors of Mexico straight home, then you need to add HERDEZ® Traditional Guacamole to your grocery list! You can easily find it in the deli section at select grocery stores nationwide.

hand dipping empanada into container of Herdez guacamole

Expert Tips

  • After opening, HERDEZ® Traditional Guacamole will keep in the fridge for up to 1-2 weeks, or in the freezer for 6-8 months. 
  • If you have leftover empanadas, first of all, I’m shocked. But secondly, you can store them in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to one week. I prefer to reheat them in the oven rather than microwave, but you can do either. 
  • If you want to make up a big batch of beef empanadas ahead of time and freeze them, work through the step of sealing them with a fork. Put them in the freezer on a sheet pan in a single layer until frozen all the way through. Then, stack them in a Ziplock bag with wax paper in between each empanada. That way, you can take out as many as you need without them sticking together. Thaw completely in the fridge before adding egg white and baking.
overhead view of empanadas and guacamole on plate

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up close baked empanadas piled on a plate

Easy Beef Empanadas

These crispy, cheesy, 30-minute easy beef empanadas are so simple to make with refrigerated pie crust and a savory beef and cheese filling. Whip up these yummy empanadas and serve with creamy, authentic Mexican guacamole for a delicious meal! 

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

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Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 oniondiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powderor chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces diced green chiles
  • 4 ounces diced pimento peppers
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheeseor Mexican blend
  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 eggwhisked
  • HERDEZ Traditional Guacamolefor serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper.

  • Unroll pie crusts on a clean, flat surface. Use a 3-inch round pastry cutter to cut circles from the dough. (If desired, combine scraps, roll out, and cut again.)

  • In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef.

  • Stir in onions, cumin, chili powder, salt, green chiles, and pimento peppers. Saute 2-3 minutes.

  • Stir in tomato paste, followed by the cheese. Remove from heat.

  • Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the beef mixture into the center of each pie crust circle.

  • Fold dough over and use a fork to seal the dough all along the curved edge.

  • Arrange in a single layer, not touching, on prepared baking sheet. Brush empanadas with egg wash.

  • Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

  • Allow to cool slightly before serving with HERDEZ Traditional Guacamole. Enjoy!

Notes

Make ahead: these keep really well stored in an airtight container in the freezer. You can freeze just before baking (add about 5 minutes to baking time if baking from frozen) or bake and then freeze for a quick and easy meal later on. Reheat individually or in sets of 2-3 in microwave. 
Make it spicy: add one finely diced jalapeno into the pan along with the onions, chiles, and peppers. 
Pie Crust: want to make your own pie crust? Awesome! Here’s my simple homemade (delicious!) pie crust recipe
Great for parties: we usually eat these as a main dish, but empanadas are small handheld delights that work great as an appetizer! I’d say this recipe makes enough as written for 4 as a main dish, or 8 as an appetizer. Easily double the recipe to feed a crowd! 

Nutrition

Calories: 629 kcal, Carbohydrates: 47 g, Protein: 21 g, Fat: 40 g, Saturated Fat: 15 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 96 mg, Sodium: 964 mg, Potassium: 442 mg, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 2 g, Vitamin A: 1190 IU, Vitamin C: 36 mg, Calcium: 154 mg, Iron: 5 mg



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