Beef and Potato Empanadas

These empanadas are packed with a savory beef and potato filling that is flavored to perfection and wrapped in a flaky pastry dough. Enjoy these tasty little pastry pockets as a snack, a meal or serve as an appetizer at any get-together.

cut open beef and potato empanadas

Empanadas are one of our favorite treats in our house! Every single one of my kids loves them. We usually fill them with meat and cubed potatoes and they are so delicious!

I certainly don’t enjoy peeling and cubing potatoes into small pieces though. So when I realized I could be using Simply Potatoes® for my empanadas I was a very happy camper! Not having to peel and cut potatoes, while at the same time getting fresh, never frozen potatoes is a win-win!

beef and potato empanadas ingredients on a wooden board

We’ve used and loved Simply Potatoes for a while now but had only been buying the shredded variety. My son Ryan comes up with his own creations using them all the time. Last time I went to get some though, I was surprised to see all the different varieties available!  Diced, shredded, mashed, seasoned, unseasoned! I’ve been missing out!

a bowl of diced simply potatoes

For my empanadas, I used diced Simply Potatoes. I cooked them according to the instructions on the package and then proceeded with my empanada recipe. Couldn’t be easier.

Beef and potato empanadas next to a bag of simply potatoes

Making Beef & Potato Empanadas Using Simply Potatoes

In just a few simple steps you’ll be enjoying some delicious Beef and Potato Empanadas ….. Here we go!

Gather Your Ingredients

You’ll need ground beef, a bag of Simply Potatoes Diced Potatoes, a chopped onion, garlic, chopped olives, butter, cornstarch, and spices. I recommend you chop your olives finely, and your kids won’t even know they’re there! They really add to the flavor of the empanadas. If I’m not making them for my kids, I always add raisins to them as well. A few of my kids won’t eat them with the raisins, but I personally love the flavor the raisins give to the empanadas.

Simply potatoes recipe for beef and potato empanadas

Cook the Simply Potatoes Diced Potatoes

Start by cooking your potatoes according to the package instructions. All you need is a little bit of oil.

Cooking potatoes for beef and potato empanadas

Once your potatoes look like this, you can go on to the next step.

Making beef and potato empanadas using Simply Potatoes

Add the Onion and Spices

Add the butter, the chopped onion, the garlic, and half of the spices to your potatoes and mix them. (salt, pepper, cumin, oregano)

cooking the filling for beef and potato empanadas

Continue cooking them until the onion softens.

beef and potato empanadas filling

Cook the Ground Beef and Mix in Potatoes

Next, you’ll brown some ground beef adding your second half of the spices. (salt, pepper, cumin, oregano)

Making the beef and potato filling for empanadas.

Add the olives to the ground beef. If you are adding raisins, you would add them now as well. At this point, you will mix the water with the cornstarch and pour into the ground beef. Continue cooking over medium heat until the cornstarch mixture has reduced some. Finally, add the potatoes to the ground beef.

Cooking the filling for beef and potato empanadas
The beef and potato filling for empanadas

Assemble the Empanadas

I like to keep things simple with my empanadas so I buy the pre-made empanada dough. You can find these in the international frozen section in your supermarket. They come already cut so it makes assembling them a breeze! All you have to do is fill them with a spoonful of the meat mixture and then use your finger to put a tiny bit of water around the edge before closing. You fold it over and then you seal the edges with a fork. Just like in the pictures below.

The steps to making beef and potato empanadas

Place the empanadas on parchment paper on top of a baking sheet and brush them with some beaten egg.

Beef and potato empanadas ready to bake
Brushing the beef and potato empanadas with egg

Bake the Empanadas

Bake the empanadas at 350 degrees for 25 minutes and done! Beautiful, golden, crispy empanadas.

Beef and potato empanadas fresh out of the oven on a tray

Enjoy Beef and Potato Empanadas Using Simply Potatoes

My younger kiddos eat the empanadas by themselves, but the rest of us love dipping them in a sour cream and hot sauce mix! Yummy!

Beef and potato empanadas on a large plate with sour cream and tabasco dip

Making empanadas using Simply Potatoes made things a whole lot easier and tastier! If you’d like to see more easy and delicious recipes using Simply Potatoes, you can visit their website. You can find Simply Potatoes in the refrigerated section at your favorite grocery store.

Beef and Potato Empanadas


4.43 from 38 votes
20 empanadas
Cooking Method(s)
  • Baking
Oven Temp350°
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Total Time
1 hour
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
These savory beef and potato empanadas are flavored to perfection and wrapped in flaky pastry dough. Enjoy as a full meal, a snack or serve as an appetizer at any get-together.
cut open beef and potato empanadas

Essential Equipment

  • stackable measuring cups
  • measuring spoons



  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Cook the Simply Potatoes according to the package instructions.
  • Add the butter, onion, and half the salt, pepper, oregano, and cumin to the potatoes. Cook until onion softens.
  • Brown the ground beef and add the second half of the salt, pepper, oregano, and cumin.
  • Add the olives (and raisins if using them) to the ground beef.
  • Mix cup of water with cornstarch and pour into beef, cooking on medium heat until cornstarch mixture reduces.
  • Add the potatoes to the ground beef mixture and mix well.
  • Assemble your empanadas by laying each pastry dough disc flat and adding a spoonful of the meat mixture on top of it. Use your finger to rub a tiny bit of water around the outer edge of the pastry disc and then fold it over and seal the edges with a fork.
  • Place the empanadas on parchment paper in a large baking sheet and then brush each with beaten egg.
  • Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 25 min.
  • Enjoy alone or with a dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1empanada | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 2.3mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2.4mg


Alternative to pastry discs. If you cannot find the Goya pastry dough, any pre-packaged pastry dough will work. However, you will need to cut the dough into small discs about 6 inches in diameter.

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