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Authentic Beef Empanadas
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4.25 from 8 votes

Easy Beef Empanadas

These easy-to-make beef empanadas are so close to the real thing, you'll feel transported to Argentina in one bite. They do require some time to make, but they're delicious.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Argentinian
Keyword: Beef
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 571kcal
Author: Laura



  • 1 large baking potato cut into small cubes
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 3 large eggs hardboiled


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter (can substitute lard or vegetable shortening)
  • 1 yolk egg
  • 3/4 cup milk


For the Dough

  • Add the flour to a large mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the flour. Cut in the butter until the flour mixture resembles small pebbles. Add the egg and milk. Stir to combine.
  • Using your hands, knead the dough together until dough is smooth.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface. Cut the dough into 4 inch rounds.


  • Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  • Cut the potato into small cubes and add them to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and ground beef to the skillet. Cook until the ground beef is browned and crumbled.
  • Add the paprika, cumin, chili powder, salt, and chopped green onion to the skillet. Stir to combine.
  • Add a spoonful of the mixture to the dough rounds. Add a slice of egg. Fold the dough in half over the filling. Wet your finger with water and run it along one seam of the dough. Crimp together along the seam.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until browned on top.


Calories: 571kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 415mg | Potassium: 548mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 960IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 5mg