5 from 13 votes
Mexican Empanadas
Beef Empanada Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
Total Time
52 mins

An easy, baked Beef Empanada filled with juicy, taco-seasoned ground beef and melty Cheddar, and wrapped in a golden exterior of flaky pie crust! 

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Beef Empanadas
Servings: 14
Calories: 225 kcal
Author: Kelly Anthony
  • 2 store-bought pie crusts or 2 dough rounds of homemade Empanada dough
  • 1 pound 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 (1 ounce) package of taco seasoning
  • 1 1/4 cup freshly grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  1. Place a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and allow to come to temperature. Add the beef, break apart, and sprinkle with taco seasoning. Cook for 5-7 minutes, until the beef, is cooked through. Set aside to cool.

  2. Transfer the beef to a mixing bowl and stir in the cheese. 

  3. Preheat the oven to 400° and have ready 2 baking sheets lined with either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Prepare the egg wash by whisking together the egg and the water. Set aside until ready to use.

  4. Working with one at a time, roll out the dough into a rectangle so that it is no more than an 1/8" thick. Cut into squares about 3 1/2" x 3 1/2".

  5. Dip your finger in the egg wash and run it along the perimeter of empanada dough. Add a tablespoon of filling to the center of the dough round. 

  6. Gently bring the edges of empanada upward to meet in the middle, and pinch firmly to seal. Fold the edges over and decoratively crimp with a fork, if desired. Repeat for each empanada.

  7. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet, and brush lightly with the egg wash. Bake for 22-24 minutes, until or until golden. Allow to cool slightly, serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

If you are making the Empanada Dough from scratch, you'll need to add 10-15 minutes to the prep time and allow for two hours of chill time.


Makes 12-14 Beef Empanadas.



Nutrition Facts
Beef Empanada Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 193mg8%
Potassium 133mg4%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.