Homemade Cuban Beef Empanadas Recipe

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Homemade Cuban Beef Empanadas Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 yellow onion , diced fine
  • 1/2 medium green pepper , diced fine
  • 1/2 medium red pepper , diced fine
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and ground black pepper , to taste
  • 10 (1 pkg) Empanada Dough Discs
  • 1 egg , lightly beaten


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking tray with a silicone mat, parchment paper, or aluminum foil and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it us with a spoon or rubber spatula, about 10 minutes.
  • Add onions and green peppers and cook until soft, about 5 minutes more.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, cumin, cayenne, garlic, oregano, salt and black pepper. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer until mixture thickens, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  • Spoon about 2 heaping tablespoons of meat mixture into the middle of the empanada wrapper, fold in half to form a half-moon; moisten the edges with water and pinch to seal or crimp edges with a fork.
  • With a pastry brush, lightly brush egg wash over the top side of the empanada dough. This encourages browning.
  • Place empanadas on a foil-lined sheet pan sprayed lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Bake Empanadas until crisp and golden brown, about 20 to 30 minutes.


  1. This recipe is easily doubled or tripled.
  2. To Freeze Empanadas:
    • Prepare the recipe as instructed. After the empanadas come out of the oven, allow them to cool completely.
    • Flash freeze the empanadas on a rimmed baking tray in the freezer to prevent them from sticking together.
    • Transfer the empanadas to a freezer safe container or zip-top bag.
  3. To reheat, place frozen empanadas in a pre-heated 350 degrees F oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Empanadas may be frozen for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1Empanada | Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5.5% | Vitamin C: 16.1% | Calcium: 2.9% | Iron: 11.9%