Beef Empanadas

Do you ever get in a Mexican food rut?

Always ordering the same thing when you go out to dinner or always make the same old tacos and burritos for dinner at home?

The other day I was cleaning out my refrigerator/freezer and realized I had a couple of packages of frozen pie crusts that I had purchased and hadn’t gotten around to using just yet.  The wheels in my brain starting turning and then the light bulb moment happened.

Empanadas

BEEF EMPANADAS!

I have never tried to tackle making empanadas at home so tonight was the night {there is always the pizza delivery man if it dosen’t work out}!

empanada dough

Roll out the pie dough and cut with a 4 inch round biscuit cutter.Empanadas Meat

Cook ground beef and place in pie dough rounds.Empanadas 4

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Beef Empanadas
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup frozen fire roasted bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, grated
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 shakes tabasco
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke - optional
  • 1 pkg refrigerated pie pastry
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Unroll pie pastry on a lightly floured surface. Use a rolling pin to make the circles a tiny bit larger. With a 4 inch biscuit cutter, cut out circles of dough. Re-roll dough scraps and cut out more circles. Cover with a damp towel until ready to use.
  3. Heat a skillet over high heat, add the olive oil. Add ground beef along with the peppers, onions, cumin, tabasco, salt, and liquid smoke.
  4. Cook until almost completely done. You will be baking these so the hamburger mixture will finish cooking in the oven.
  5. Drain off all oil left in ground beef mixture.
  6. In the middle of the pie pastry circle place a teaspoon of the hamburger mixture. Pinch the edges together.
  7. Crimp edges with a fork.
  8. Repeat with the remaining pastry and hamburger mixture.
  9. Place the empanadas on a foil lined baking sheet.
  10. Brush the beaten egg over the top of each empanada.
  11. Place empanadas in the preheated oven for approximately 10 to 12 minutes, until the empanadas are golden brown.

Empanadas 2

It was really quite simple and the empanadas turned out delicious.  I definitely will be making these again. Maybe chicken next time!

Enjoy!

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