Beef Empanada Recipe

Beef Empanada (also called empanadas) is a type of ground beef turnover. Empanada is of Hispanic influence which was adopted by the colonies and prepared according to the local preference. For example, the empanada in Spain is not exactly the same as those in Latin American countries, and even in the Philippines. This Beef Empanada Recipe will give you a straight forward explanation of  what an empanada should be. Its time to get your taste buds working.

This beef empanada recipe is what I used to make ever since I started to make one. The recipe is simple and very easy to follow. The beef filling is easier to prepare compared to giniling, while the dough can be perfected with a little patience.

I understand that most of us don’t have the luxury of time. If you are in a hurry, you can still make your own beef empanada by cooking the filling — and use ready made rolled pie crust. The pie crust might not be as good as our dough, but it is enough for you to complete your empanada faster with lesser effort.

This recipe requires you to deep fry the empanadas, but you can also bake it if you prefer it less greasy. I suggest that you follow the steps that I did when I made baked chicken empanada.

Try this Beef Empanada recipe. Let me know what you think.

beef empanada recipe

Beef Empanada recipe



  • 1 lb. ground beef (85% lean)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1 small yellow onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil


  • 3 cups AP flour
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 8 parts
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 6 tablespoons ice cold water
  • 3 cups cooking oil (for frying)

Cooking Procedure

  1. Make the filing by heating 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in a pan.
  2. Saute the onion and then add the ground black pepper.
  3. Put-in the beef and then cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the raisins, paprika, sugar, and salt. Stir and then pour-in the beef broth.
  5. Cover and then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the cover and let the liquid evaporate.
  7. Add the green peas.Stir and then cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Turn-off the heat. Set aside.
  9. Prepare the dough by placing the salt, AP flour, baking powder, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Use a wire whisk to mix the ingredients.
  10. Put the butter pieces in the mixing bowl along with the cold water. Mix using a pastry blender. If you don’t have one, use 2 kitchen knives instead. You should mix like you are cutting the dough in several pieces.
  11. Grab about 3 tablespoons of the mixture and then shape it into a ball. do this until all the dough is consumed.
  12. Refrigerate the dough balls for about 20 to 25 minutes.
  13. Flatten the dough ball by gently pressing the center with your hand against a clean flour-dusted flat surface. Use a rolling pin to spread the dough and make a flat circle about 4 to 5 inches in diameter.
  14. Arrange about 4 to 5 tablespoons of filling in the middle of the dough. Lock the edges by folding or by pressing the tip of a fork in both sides.
  15. Meanwhile, heat about 2 to 3 cups of oil in a cooking pot. Deep fry the empanadas for about 3 to 5 minutes or until the color turns golden brown.
  16. Remove from the cooking pot and then arrange in a plate linewd with paper towels. Let the excess oil drip-off.
  17. Transer to a serving plate.
  18. Serve. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 4


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  1. Why is it in beef empanada potatoes are not mentioned but included in chicken empanada? Is it better not to put potatoes in making beef empanada? Thanks.

    • Although they might appear to be the same, both recipes have a lot of differences. This beef empanada recipe does not require you to add potatoes, but it is up to you if you prefer to add some.

  2. its really good..i tried this recipe and i have been craving for empanadas since i moved.thank you much vanjo…

  3. Hi, can you also give us the cooking procedure for baked empanadas. Thank you.

  4. Ayie, it was meant for glazing since I was deciding if I will bake it or not. I ended up frying the empanadas since I haven’t tried fried empanadas for a while. The egg was removed in the recipe list.

  5. Oscar De Lara says:

    I love your work. You are the real deal Vanjo! I hope that you will be given recognition someday because you deserve it. You did an excellent job in presenting the Filipino culture through food in a way that sticks to everyone. I think that it is a skill and a talent considering that there are other people trying to do the same things that you perfected. Kudos to you and please continue to perform your mission because we need you.

  6. Janet says:

    How come I can no longer view the comments posted? They are always helpful

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