Festive Empanadas

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Active Time

30 minutes

Total Time

1 hour

Serving Size


Celebrate the flavors of tradition with these delectable empanadas.


  • 2 (10-ct.) packages frozen empanada dough, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ lb lean ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • ½ cup diced yellow onions
  • ⅓ cup sliced Spanish olives, drained
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Place empanada dough on counter to thaw. Preheat large sauté pan on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Place oil in pan and add ground beef; cook 4–5 minutes, stirring to crumble, until no pink remains and beef is 160°F.
  2. Add to pan: oregano, cumin, red pepper, garlic, and onions; cook 2–3 minutes until onions have softened. Stir in olives, raisins, tomato sauce, salt, and pepper; reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside 15 minutes to cool to room temperature.
  3. Preheat oven to 425°F. Using a decorative mini cookie cutter, cut pieces from 2 empanada dough circles and set aside. Whisk egg and water until well blended.
  4. Line 2 baking sheets with foil; place 4 empanada dough circles on each baking sheet. Top each with ½ cup meat mixture; brush edges with egg wash and top with remaining 8 empanada dough circles. Crimp edges with a fork to seal.
  5. Brush with egg wash, then top with decorative cutouts; brush with egg wash again. Bake 12–15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve.

Nutritional information

Amount per ⅛ recipe serving: CALORIES 510kcal, TOTAL FAT 17g, SAT FAT 7g, TRANS FAT 0g, CHOLESTEROL 40mg, SODIUM 740mg, CARB 59g, FIBER 1g, TOTAL SUGARS 22g (Incl. 0g Added Sugars), PROTEIN 17g, VITAMIN D 0%, CALCIUM 2%, IRON 30%, POTASSIUM 10%