Mini Puff Pastry Beef Empanadas

Yield: About 25 Mini Empanadas

Mini Puff Pastry Beef Empanadas

Prep time: 1 HourCook time: 25 MinInactive time: 30 MinTotal time: 1 H & 55 M


  • 1/2 cup Carrots, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup Yellow Onion
  • 1/2 pound Ground Beef
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, grated
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 cup Peas
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Beef Stock
  • 1 - 14oz package Frozen Puff Pastry, thawed
  • 1 Egg whisked with 2 TB Water
  • Olive Oil
  • Sour Cream and Lime Wedges, for serving


  1. Bring a pan to medium with a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. Add in carrots and onions and cook down for 5 minutes.
  3. Add in ground beef and brown in the pan while breaking it up.
  4. Once the beef in crumbled and just about cooked through, add in the garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt.
  5. After another minute, add in the peas, cilantro and beef stock.
  6. Let the beef mixture simmer for a few minutes then remove from the heat and let it come to room temperature.
  7. While the filling is cooling, prepare the dough.
Dough and Assembly
  1. Roll the puff pastry dough out using a rolling pin and dusting flour until it's about a 1/8 inch thick.
  2. Using a 3 to 4 inch ring cutter, cut out circles in the dough - you should get about 24-26 circles.
  3. To form an empanada, lightly coat the edge of the dough with water using your finger.
  4. Add about 1 TB of filling to the center.
  5. Bring the the edges of the dough together to form a half moon shape. Seal the edges with a fork.
  6. Transfer the empanadas to a parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Brush the tops with egg wash and pierce a small venting hole in the center of each empanada. This will allow steam to escape while baking.
  8. Chill the empanadas in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  9. While they are in the fridge, heat the oven to 400F.
  10. Bake pies for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Serve with sour cream and lime wedges.
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