Beef Empanadas


This empanada recipe was given to me by a visiting Argentine professor while I was studying Spanish in college. They have become a staple food in my household; they are simple to make and delicious.

close up view of a pile of Beef Empanadas on a white plate
Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
36 empanadas



  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound yellow onions, chopped

  • 6 scallions, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano

  • 1 ½ tablespoons salt

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon butter, or as needed

  • 36 empanada pastry discs

  • 1 egg white, beaten


  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions, scallions, and bell pepper. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent, 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Add ground beef, oregano, salt, cayenne pepper, and cumin to the pot. Cook and stir beef until no longer pink, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly, then cover and place in the refrigerator until meat is completely cooled, about 1 hour.

  3. Remove filling from the refrigerator and transfer to a colander to drain. Return filling to the Dutch oven.

  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Liberally grease a baking sheet with butter.

  5. Place about 2 tablespoons filling into the center of empanada disk. Fold empanada in half into a crescent shape, press the edges of dough together with a fork or your fingers to seal, and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining empanadas and filling. Brush tops with egg white.

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

535 Calories
22g Fat
66g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 535
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 1472mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 13mg 65%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 281mg 6%

* 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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