Our easy beef empanadas are delicious pockets of beef, chorizo and tomatoes baked up in a crispy pie crust. They go together in minutes since we start with a packaged pie crust & only take 20 minutes to bake. This is one appetizer that is always the biggest hit of the party!
I love appetizers and Spanish tapas has got to rank towards the top of my list. And one of my favorites has got to be beef empanadas.
Now if you’ve never heard of an empanada (please say you have or you’ve been missing out big time), they are like little turnovers filled with meat, cheese or sometimes something sweet. Having originated in NW Spain, the name means breaded, which is a pretty spot on description, Empanar being the Spanish word for bread and empanada being the past-participle meaning breaded. Originally these turnovers were made of bread dough but are now done with pastry dough as well.
So with the big football game coming up, which being the big football fan I am I can’t wait to see, there has to be a party with plenty of yummy appetizers to go around. And what better to fix than my favorite and easy-to-make empanadas which seem to be a hit whenever I make them. Using packaged pie crust cuts the prep time down to almost nothing and the filling whips up in a jiffy. And you can make them ahead of time and pop into the oven just before the guests arrive.
Saute the onions & garlic then add the beef, chorizo & spices and cook until beef is done. Add tomatoes and let simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and make pastry circles.
Roll out the pastry dough and cut into 3″ or 5″ circles with a bowl or glass. Add a few tablespoons of the beef mixture.
Fold dough over and crimp with tines of fork.
Brush with egg to get that lovely brown glazed look after baking. And look at all that deliciousness!
The great part about these empanadas, besides their yummy taste, is that they can be served as an appetizer or a dinner too! When serving for dinner, I like to make a side salad which helps round out the meal.
So on to the big game and may the best team win! (and even if yours doesn’t win you’ll still have fun eating these empanadas! :-))