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Beef Empanadas
with roasted chili-garlic broccoli

Active: 40 min Total: 50 min
Refrigerated or frozen pie crust is the only short-cut you need to make these flaky stuffed pastries that are sold as street food in many Latin American countries.
Smarts: Each pie crust has its own defrost instructions. Make sure to check these ahead of time so the pie crust will be ready to go when it's time to cook.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Beef Empanadas:
  • Pie crusts, frozen or refrigerated (9" / 23cm) - 1
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts separate
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Oregano - 1/2 tsp
  • Beef, ground - 3/4 lb
  • Corn kernels, frozen - 1/2 cup
  • Tomato paste - 1 Tbsp
  • Adobo sauce - 2 tsp (usually found with canned chipotle peppers)
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1/2 cup
Chili Garlic Broccoli:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, sliced
  • Broccoli florets - 12 oz
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Pie crust - Defrost pie crust according to package directions (most refrigerated crusts just need to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes).
  2. Garlic / Broccoli - If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating before continuing with prep. Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  3. Green onions - Chop, keeping green and white parts separate. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C degrees.
  2. Toss garlic and broccoli with cooking oil (the portion for the broccoli), chili powder (the portion for the broccoli) and cumin. Season with some salt and pepper. Spread broccoli on a sheet pan and transfer to oven. Roast broccoli until tender, 20 to 25 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking.
  3. While broccoli roasts, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil (the portion for the empanadas) and then white parts of green onions, chili powder (the portion for the empanadas) and oregano. Saute until fragrant, ~1 minute.
  4. Add ground beef with some salt and saute until browned and cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. Pour excess oil out of the pan. Add corn and continue cooking until corn is defrosted. Remove from heat and stir in tomato paste, adobo sauce and green parts of green onions. Taste and season with additional salt (if needed) and pepper.
  5. Slice pie crust into four wedges (for 4 servings; adjust if customizing) and place on a second sheet pan. (See image below.) Divide beef filling between wedges (note: fill wedges just enough so that they will easily close without breaking; if you have leftover filling serve it on the side or save it for a taco or burrito bowl later in the week). Dampen your fingertips with water and run them over the edges of crust (a bit of water acts like glue to hold the crust together). Fold crust over filling and seal, using the tines of a fork to crimp the edges.
  6. Bake empanadas until pie crust is golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes.
  7. Serve empanadas with yogurt on top and broccoli on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (133)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (12)
Vegetarian (15)

Most Helpful

This makes enough meat for two crusts

By: Gena
Posted: Dec 12, 2016
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

59 reviews

We really liked them. I used puff pastry (both sheets, 8 pies) because that's what I had. I spiced mine up a little more, but basically followed the recipe. Broccoli was good too. I added more spice to it too.

By: Barbie
Posted: Nov 12, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I added a bit more adobo sauce based on the “dry” reviews. I thought they were really good. I don’t think one per person makes an adequate serving, however.

By: Alana
Posted: Oct 24, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I could have used 4 pie crusts based on the amount of filling produced, so FYI. It was a really dry filling though, I'd modify in some way going forward. Makes excellent "walking empanada" lunch the next day.

By: Josh
Posted: Oct 24, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Good but dry. I plan to add more tomato paste next time.

By: Melinda
Posted: Oct 22, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Made with ground turkey. My kids LOVED the filling and ate it up without waiting for the empanadas to be ready. Broccoli was ok.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Oct 17, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We plan on using the extra meat in tacos!

By: Carol
Posted: Apr 29, 2018
Diet: Original
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