Easy Ground Beef Empanadas

This was a quick meal idea tonight.  I had some pie crusts I needed to use up and some ground beef.  I started with the salad and then just kept adding things to my dinner plan.


  • 1 box Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup shredded jack cheese
  • 1\2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 can adobo chilis in can
  • 1\4 cup olive oil
  • 1\4 cup cilantro, diced
  • 1\4 cup egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoon minced garlic

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees.

In a blender of food processor blend oil, chilis, and spices.  Set aside.

Brown beef with the onions.  Once beef is cooked, add in your blended sauce.  Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

Roll out your dough and cut into circles.  I like to use a large mason jar and go around it.  Dip two tablespoons of your beef mixture, top with cheese.  Then fold them over, pinch together and use a fork to ‘seal’ the edges.  Brush with your egg whites and bake for 15-20 minutes.  Depending on your oven.

I mix some extra cilantro into greek yogurt for a healthy ‘dip’.




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