Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Spicy Beef Empanadas

This is an easy empanadas dish.  Although traditional empanada dough is similiar to a pie crust. This dough uses a refrigerator biscuit dough, which makes it uncomplicated and easy to handle. The dough is  filled with a spicy beef filling, and then folded and baked.

This is great to make in batches and freeze. You can easily use as needed. I enjoy using them for packed lunches or snacks. These spicy filled pies are elegant enough to be served as appetizers. We made a batch to enjoy for this month's Wine Club gathering. Our focus was Argentinian and Chilean wines.


Spicy Beef Empanadas
Makes about 20

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 green or red bell pepper
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1/3 cup chopped raisins
1/4 cup chopped pimiento stuffed green olives
1-1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1-3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup packed grated Monterey Jack Cheese (about 4-ounces)
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3-12 ounce packages refrigerated buttermilk refrigerator biscuits
2 egg yolks, beaten to blend for glaze

Directions:
Heat oil in a heavy medium skillet over medium heat.  Add beef, bell pepper and garlic.  Cook until beef loses its pink color and vegetables begin to soften, breaking up beef with a fork, about 6 minutes.  Add rasins and next 6 ingredients and cook until the mixture is thick, about 5 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Mix cheese and cilantro into filling.



Preheat oven to 375 Degrees F.  Roll out one biscuit at a time on a lightly floured surface to 4-inch circle.  Brush half of dough edge with glaze.  Place one rounded tablespoon of filling in dough.  Fold dough over to create half circle; press edges to seal.  Using fork tines, crimp edges decoratively.  Place empanada on a heavy large baking sheet.  Brush with glaze.  Repeat with remaining biscuits, filling and glaze.

Bake empanadas until golden brown, about 12 minutes.

Enjoy!


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62 comments:

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

These look delicious - a whole new take on Cornish pasties!

My Little Space said...

Oh my, these look so inviting! And the filling sounds pretty tasty as well. I'll add a few more red chilies. hmm...mm....

Angie's Recipes said...

wow! That look simply heavenly!
What are the buttermilk refrigerator biscuits?

Joanne said...

I love empanadas but never really seem to be in the mood to make the dough. Genius to use refrigerator biscuits! Now I have no excuse.

TKW said...

I adore empanadas but have never made them. These look terrific!

3 hungry tummies said...

Oh Velva I'll have to double the quantity :) The photo is marvelous and I can imagine how tasty they are!

Drick said...

wow, such flavor ... and made with biscuits - what could be better

Federica said...

bellissimi!! chissà che buoni! baci!

Big Dude said...

I just finished breakfast and these still made me hungry

5 Star Foodie said...

I love empanadas! They sound so good with the spicy beef filling!

Cathy said...

I am a huge empanada fan and never thought to use biscuit dough...you know what I'll be trying this weekend :)

Vrinda said...

I am not familiar with this one,but looks gorgeous...

Sage said...

I tasted empanadas for the first time last year.
I've been wanting to make some but...now i have tokeep this recipe for when i get back home. Love the idea of using all ready made dough
thank you,
Rita

Kim said...

I love that you used the refrigerated biscuits. This sounds like a quick and easy way to put together a tasty appetizer. They look delicious!!! I bet the wine party was loads of fun:D

Bo said...

Looks delicious!! I never buy canned biscuits...I should just to make these...they seem so simple and delicious.

SuziCate said...

I have never made empanadas but they sure look lovely.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

How beautiful. I LOVE making things like this - perfect finger food for parties but more substantial than 'bready snacks' as my husband likes to say. The wine tasting sounded great but I'll have to make up a batch of sangria to go with these!

Hungry Dog said...

I love empanadas, and these look fun to make! I'd eat a few for breakfast right now...

Pete said...

Nice! Good pastry and spicy fillings! I like!

Chef Fresco said...

That filling look amazing I wanna take a bath in it.

Bob said...

Love it! I remember reading another recipe that uses biscuits for hand pies, I love the idea. This is something I will make!

Sandi said...

Love it Velva!!!! those look REALLY good!!!

Barbara said...

I love these little babies, Velva. I think it's probably because I love pie crust and there is so much of it in an empanada! AND you can pick and choose what to put in them!
Yummy!!!

Karen said...

The canned biscuits sure take the work out of making these... great idea!

Heavenly Housewife said...

What an excellent dish, I really need to try this. It is so clever of you to use refrigerated biscuit dough!!!
*kisses* HH

Lyndsey said...

Your empanadas look pretty. I've made them with dough that I made, but they were not as pretty. I like the idea of using pre-made biscuits. Shortcuts are good! Nice spicy recipe!

Gina said...

They look fabulous and like they would be a great cocktail hour appetizer. Thanks for another great recipe, you're a gem!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I would guess you could even make these up in advance. Love the use of biscuit dough as a shortcut.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How amazing! I tried to make quesadillias last night but they weren't my best...I should try these! ♥

Ana Powell said...

Wow, simply delicious.
Great recipe x

Mary said...

This is one of those dishes like pancakes or omelets that can be found around the world. Yours look delicious and your suggestion to make and freeze them spot on. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Claudia said...

Oh Velva - is this ever fabulous. I love ths spicy beef filling - and I adore empanadas. This'll be a nice change from Italian!

Stella said...

Hi Velva, I didn't know that empanada dough is a lot like pie dough. I can whip that up in no time. You've got me thinking now!

A Year on the Grill said...

Hey Velma... Do you know a good reason I can't make these with chicken??? I just bought one of those rotisserie chickens and have half left over... I have everything else.

Once they are frozen, what's the procedure for thawing... Can I give them frozen in the morning to my wife and have her thaw them in the microwave at her work for lunch???

Drop me an email at

YearontheGrill@yahoo.com

thanks

Dave

Faith said...

These are stunning! This filling looks amazing -- I especially love the raisins and green olives in there! And it's a total bonus that it uses refrigerated biscuits!

Debbie said...

Those are an absolutely perfect appetizer! The filling looks delicious. I love that you used refrigerated biscuit dough....anything to make life easier!!!! Such a great idea!

Carol at Serendipity said...

How absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for stopping by.

Carol

Chris said...

Amazing! Great looking empanadas and I have used the same biscuit dough for cheeseburger turnovers and such, but had thought about it for empanadas. Excellent idea!

Emily said...

Hi Velva, I’m so happy you found my blog so I in turn could find yours. Your recipes look absolutely delicious! I’ll be trying your scallops and quinoa first, and of course your empanadas!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Velva, Yum----that recipe looks delicious... Sounds like something my kids and grands would love... Thanks!!! I've made a copy!

Hugs,
Betsy

Joy said...

O lovely! I will try this dough!

Chey can cook! (and more) said...

I've never made an empanada, but this does sound like an "easier" version - can you taste the raisins very much??

tasteofbeirut said...

Velva

This is a great recipe; I love empanadas but I am reluctant to make the dough for some reason! Love the shortcut!

sweetlife said...

what a great filling!!

yummy

sweetlife

Cottage Cozy said...

How very scrumptious!
I came over to visit from Anncoo's blog. I am glad to meet you and browse your posts! Hope to be back again soon!

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Mimi said...

Olives and raisins in the filling are a classic south of the boarder combination. These look so tasty.
Mimi

Bridgett said...

The filling sounds wonderful and they turned out perfectly. I am coming to your house for dinner!

Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home said...

I've been naughtily deep frying my empanadas my whole life. They're good, but really I need to lay off the grease. I love that you use biscuit dough for the pastry!

ps: I want to eat that meat straight out of the pan!

Fresh Local and Best said...

Oh! These empanadas look fabulous! I bet the meat filling was wonderfully flavorful!

Erica said...

I love empanadas!!!!Yours look fantastic, Velva!!!

Karen Harris said...

They look delicious!

Astra Libris said...

Such a great idea to use biscuit dough!! These look delicious! I'm so excited about your freezer-friendly tip, too - super cool!

A Year on the Grill said...

OK Velma... They are in the oven as I am typing this...

I za za zinged it up a bit, Cajun spices and a little sweet Caribbean sauce (and a tad Coconut Rum). The meat tastes incredible. I used some left over focaccia bread dough, may have stretched it a bit too far... will know in 10 minutes.

You should know tomorrow as I plan to blog this!

theUngourmet said...

These empanadas are awesome! I love that you've used biscuits and the filling has such gorgeous colors. Nice!

A Vapid Blonde said...

I am so hungry right now I can't even read this.

Kathleen said...

These little pies look and sound wonderful! I'm glad to hear you have a son my sons age! How did THEY get so old when we obviously haven't?!

Susan Fields said...

I love the refrigerated biscuit dough - I'm all about convenience! These sound delicious.

Rhandi said...

Holy cow- your beef mixture looks and sounds fabulous! Whenever I make empanadas- I always do the dough from scratch and it's such a process- I am going to give the refrigerated dough a try- in fact, I think I will just put these yummy little delights on my grocery list.

msmeanie said...

Gosh, I have been craving empanadas ever since I got back from Peru. These look beautiful! I bet a vegetarian version would be good too.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Love Empanadas. They remind me of Nigerian meatpies

Julie said...

Delish, that meat mixture looks heavenly :)

Chef E said...

You just hit a heart string with me! I love meat pies of any kind, and I would eat the pan of meat cooking, so less empanadas on the plate ;0)

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