How To Make The Best Beef Empanada

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Best Beef Empanada Recipe

Course Comfort food
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Beef Recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 1642kcal
Cost $5-20


For Filling

  • 2 lbs Ground beef 85% lean
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 1/2 cup Green peas
  • 1 pc White onion big size
  • 1/2 cup Beef broth
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cooking oil

For Dough

  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1 cup Unsalted butter cut into 8 parts
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Cold water
  • 3 cups Oil


  • Make the filing by heating 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in a pan.
  • Saute the onion and then add the ground black pepper.
  • Put-in the beef and then cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the raisins, paprika, sugar, and salt. Stir and then pour-in the beef broth.
  • Cover and then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove the cover and let the liquid evaporate.
  • Add the green peas.Stir and then cook for 2 minutes
  • Turn-off the heat. Set aside.
  • Prepare the dough by placing the salt, flour, baking powder, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Use a wire whisk to mix the ingredients.
  • Put the butter pieces in the mixing bowl along with the cold water. Mix using a pastry blender. If you don't have one, use 2 kitchen knives instead. You should mix like you are cutting the dough in several pieces.
  • Scoop about 3 tablespoons of the mixture and then shape it into a ball. Do this until all the dough is consumed.
  • Refrigerate the dough balls for about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Flatten the dough ball by gently pressing the center with your hand against a clean flour-dusted flat surface. Use a rolling pin to spread the dough and make a flat circle about 4 to 5 inches in diameter.
  • Arrange about 4 to 5 tablespoons of filling in the middle of the dough. Lock the edges by folding or by pressing the tip of a fork in both sides.
  • Meanwhile, heat about 2 to 3 cups of oil in a cooking pot. Deep fry the empanadas for about 3 to 5 minutes or until the color turns golden brown.
  • Remove from the cooking pot and then arrange in a plate lined with paper towels. Let the excess oil drip-off.
  • Transfer to a serving plate. Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 1642kcal | Carbohydrates: 101g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 115g | Saturated Fat: 49g | Cholesterol: 283mg | Sodium: 925mg | Potassium: 936mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1698IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 10mg
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