Cuban Empanadas




Yield 10

These Beef Empanadas are also extremely easy to make and are a great addition to any tapas or party menu.



  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking tray with a silicone mat, parchment paper, or aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Add onions and green peppers and cook until soft, about 5 minutes more.
  4. 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.
  5. Remove and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  6. 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.
  7. With a pastry brush, lightly brush egg wash over the top side of the empanada dough. This encourages browning.
  8. 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.

Courses Appetizer

Cuisine Cuban

Recipe by Kitchen Dreaming at