Spicy Beef Empanadas

Spicy Beef Empanadas are a popular and delicious pastry that can be filled with a variety of ingredients, but here we’ll focus on a simple and tasty Beef filling. This recipe will guide you through making the dough and the filling from scratch.

 Will see what are ingredients used for making delicious Beef Empanadas.


For the Dough:

  •  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup ice water, plus more if needed

For the Beef Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (optional for heat)
  • 2 cups cooked Beef pieces, shredded (you can use leftover rotisserie Beef pieces)
  •  1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese (cheddar or mozzarella works well)
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)


Make the Dough:

  • Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  • Add Butter: Add the cold butter pieces to the flour mixture. Use a pastry blender or your fingers to mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add Wet Ingredients: Beat the egg lightly and mix it with the ice water. Gradually add this to the flour mixture, stirring until a dough forms. Add more ice water, a tablespoon at a time, if the dough is too dry.
  • Knead and Chill: Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead gently. Shape it into a disc, wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Prepare the Beef Filling:

  • Cook Aromatics: In a skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic, cooking until soft and fragrant.
  • Season: Stir in the cumin, paprika, and chili powder (if using), cooking for another minute.
  • Add Beef pieces: Mix in the shredded Beef pieces and tomato sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until the mixture is heated through.
  • Final Touches: Remove from heat and stir in the peas and grated cheese. Let the mixture cool.

Assemble and Bake:

  • Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Roll Out Dough: On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thickness. Use a round cutter or a cup to cut out circles.
  • Fill: Place a spoonful of the Beef mixture in the center of each dough circle. Fold the dough over the filling to create a half-moon shape. Use a fork to crimp the edges and seal them.
  • Egg Wash: Brush the top of each empanada with the beaten egg. This will give them a golden and shiny finish.
  • Bake: Place the empanadas on the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.


Serve the Beef empanadas warm, either on their own or with a dipping sauce like salsa, guacamole, or sour cream. Enjoy your homemade empanadas!

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