Wednesday June 19th 2019

Spicy Beef Empanadas

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Rating: 2.7/5 (20 votes cast)

Recipe: Spicy Beef Empanadas

Summary: These beef empanadas are wonderful. With cilantro and cayenne pepper, they pack a delicious punch.


  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tbs. chopped garlic
  • 1/3 C. raisins, chopped
  • 1/4 C. chopped pimiento-stuffed green olives
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 C. packed grated Monterey jack cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 1/3 C. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 (12-oz.) packages Big Country buttermilk refrigerator biscuits
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten to blend (glaze)


  1. Heat oil in heavy medium skillet over medium heat. Add beef, bell pepper and garlic.
  2. Cook until beef loses its pink color and vegetables begin to soften breaking up beef with fork, about 6 minutes.
  3. Add raisins and next 6 ingredients and cook until mixture is thick, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Mix cheese and cilantro into filling. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.)
  5. Preheat oven to 375. Roll out biscuit on lightly floured surface to 4-inch circle.
  6. Brush half of dough edge with glaze.
  7. Place 1 rounded Tbs. filling on dough.
  8. Fold dough over to create half circle; press edges to seal. Using fork tines, crimp edge decoratively.
  9. Place empanada on heavy large baking sheet.
  10. Brush with glaze.
  11. Repeat with remaining biscuits, filling and glaze.
  12. Bake empanadas until golden brown, about 12 minutes.

Cooking time: 12 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: Mexican

Spicy Beef Empanadas, 2.7 out of 5 based on 20 ratings
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