Beef Empanadas

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 to6 servings
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Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 pound ground beef steak

1/4 pound fresh chorizo sausage, casing removed

3/4 cup finely chopped onion

2 cloves finely chopped garlic

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 package store-bought pie crust or your favorite pie crust recipe

1 egg

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. In a medium-sized skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add the beef, chorizo, onion, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring constantly so that the ingredients are well blended. Add additional cumin, if desired, and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside and let the filling cool. 
  3. Roll out the pie crust dough and cut out rounds using a 3-inch cutter. Put 1 tablespoon of filling on half of the round. Fold the other half of the round over and using a fork, press down on the edge of the dough making sure it is sealed all the way around. This forms the empanada. Whisk the egg in a small bowl. Brush the top of each empanada with the egg wash. Arrange the empanadas on a nonstick sheet pan and bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer the empanadas to a serving platter and serve.
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