4.7 from 10 votes
Beef Empanadas
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Baked Beef Empanadas made with puff pastry, so easy and so delicious. Don't underestimate puff pastry, it's quite versatile and makes some delicious empanadas.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 40
Calories: 175 kcal
Author: Joanna Cismaru
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef extra lean
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp oregano dry
  • 1 tsp cumin ground
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar packed
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce I used Sriracha
  • 4 sheets puff pastry (2 packages, 2 sheets per package)
  • 1 egg for egg wash
  1. In a medium skillet heat the olive oil and add the ground beef. Saute the ground beef until no longer pink, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Add the onion and garlic to it and continue sautéing until the onion is soft and translucent. 

  2. Add the oregano, cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, salt, pepper, beef broth, brown sugar and hot sauce to the skillet and stir. Cook for a couple more minutes then remove from heat and let the meat mixture cool until it comes to room temperature.

  3. Preheat oven to 425 F degrees.

  4. Working with one puff pastry sheet at a time, roll it out so that it's long enough to cut 6 circles, 2 on each row, see video. Using a 4 inch cookie cutter or bowl, cut 6 circles, 2 per row. Fill each with a about a tablespoon of meat mixture in the middle of each pastry round. Brush half of the pastry round edge with egg wash, then fold the dough over into a half-moon shape so the edges meet and then press them together with your fingers to seal. Use a fork to crimp the edge. Place it onto a baking sheet and repeat with remaining ingredients. You should get around 40 empanadas. See notes.

  5. Poke holes in each empanada using a fork then brush the empanadas with the egg wash and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with salsa or salsa verde.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

After cutting rounds from each pastry sheet, reroll the leftover dough and cut it into more rounds, you should get about 10 rounds in total from each pastry sheet.


Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


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