Homemade Beef Empanadas pretty much set the bar for incredible. When it comes to comfort foods, beef empanadas sit very high on the list of amazing! A homemade flaky crust with a delicious beef filling, you will be so happy you made them!
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Homemade Beef Empanadas
You will LOVE this Homemade Beef Empanada recipe! So much goodness packed into a flaky pastry crust!
Have you ever made empanadas? Some get them confused with enchiladas. Empanadas differ from enchiladas, although some similarities exist. Both fill a wrapping with a delicious and wide range of ingredients. However, empanadas fill a simple pastry dough; whereas, enchiladas wrap ingredients in corn or flour tortillas.
However, if you want to go with enchiladas, check out my Enchilada Casserole recipe! It is SO good!
Also, for the health conscious, I completely recommend using Laura’s Lean Ground Beef. Not only does this beef meet rigorous standards for being low fat, it also comes from farmers that raise their cattle without ever using hormones or antibiotics and they are always vegetarian fed!
Homemade Beef Empanadas made easy!
Beef empanadas wrap a hearty beef filling into a simple dough. The beef filling can include everything from vegetables and legumes like peas, to cheese. You can make it as spicy as you like or tone down the heat if you prefer. The great thing about these tasty meat hot pockets?
Once you have them made, they store very easily. You can eat them hot or cold.
Indeed, they defined fast food before drive-thru hamburger joints ever existed.
Making your dough
You can either make your own dough for the beef empanadas or buy pre-made dough similar to buying pre-made pie crusts. To buy the pre-made empanada dough, you should find it in the pastry dough area of the freezer section.
However, making the dough doesn’t require much effort. You simply mix the ingredients and create a simple dough. In truth, kneading out the dough reminds you how much fun PlayDoh is for kids. 😉
In the dough, you can either use milk or the pan juices from your cooked beef. The latter is the more traditional approach. No doubt, going that route adds tons of flavor. But if you want to keep your homemade beef empanadas a bit healthier, then remove the juice from the beef, and go with skim milk instead.
The ground beef filling