Classic Beef Empanadas


This authentic empanada recipe is for Argentinian beef empanadas filled with a savory and delicious mixture of ground beef, hard-cooked eggs, green olives, and potatoes. These classic empanadas are ubiquitous all over Argentina.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins


  • 2 medium potatoes

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 2 onion, chopped

  • 3 green onions, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • salt to taste

  • ¾ cup green olives, pitted and chopped

  • 2 hard-cooked eggs

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 24 empanada pastry rounds

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until barely tender, about 8 minutes. Drain. Once cool enough to handle, peel and cut into cubes. Set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet and cook onion and green onions until softened, about 5 minutes. Add bell pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Add ground beef; cook and stir until beef is browned, about 5 minutes. Season with paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt.

  3. Remove beef mixture from heat; add potatoes and olives. Stir in chopped hard-cooked eggs; set filling aside to cool, about 20 minutes.

  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil and lightly grease with olive oil.

  5. Place an empanada pastry round on a flat surface and lightly wet the edges with warm water. Put a large tablespoon of cooled filling in the center and fold dough over. Seal edges by pressing with a fork. Repeat with remaining rounds and filling. Transfer empanadas to the prepared baking sheets and brush with beaten egg.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.


Get the recipe for Authentic Empanada Pastry Dough. You can make it ahead of time and keep the dough rounds in the freezer until you're ready to use them.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

393 Calories
15g Fat
52g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 393
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 501mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 23mg 117%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 337mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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