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Beef Empanadas


Easy recipe as refrigerated biscuits are used instead of making a dough.













Low Cholesterol, Trans-fat Free, Low Carb, Low Sodium


1 tablespoon olive oil, extra-virgin
½ pound ground beef, lean
or sirloin
½ whole green bell peppers
finely chopped
2 tablespoons garlic
cup raisins, seedless
soaked, drained and finely chopped
¼ cup green spanish style olives
1 ½ teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 ¾ tablespoons allspice
1 teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon black pepper
freshly ground
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup monterey jack cheese
cup cilantro
24 ounces refrigerator biscuits
(2-12 oz. pkgs.) Big buttermilk biscuits
2 each egg yolks
beaten (for glazing)


Heat oil in skillet; add beef, green pepper and garlic; cook, breaking up into small pieces, until beef is browned, about 6 to 7 minutes.

Add raisins, olives, vinegar, flour and all spices and cilantro; cook over medium heat until thick, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese. Mix well and set aside to cool at least 15 minutes. *(Recipe to this point can be made up to 48 hours ahead and refrigerated.)

Beat egg yolks until smooth.

One at a time, roll biscuits out on a lightly floured board into discs of about 4½ inches in diameter. Brush a ½-inch strip of the egg glaze around half of the edge of each disc. Put one heaping tablespoon of the cooled filling in middle of each. Fold over to form half circles. Crimp edges with a fork dipped in flour.

Place empanadas on ungreased cookie sheets, brush tops with remaining egg glaze.

Bake in preheated 375℉ (190℃) oven until golden, about 12 minutes.

Serve with salsa, if desired.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 23g (0.8 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 6153% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 99mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Sugars g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 5% Iron 3%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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