serving beef and potato empanadas
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Beef and Potato Empanadas

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.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Honduran
Keyword: Beef Pies, Hispanic Food
Category: Savory Pies & Pastries
Cooking Method: Bake
Difficulty: Not Too Tricky
Development Status: Finished
Servings: 20 empanadas
Calories: 221kcal
Author: Valerie Cooper


  • 2 cups frozen diced potatoes I prefer Simply Potatoes Diced Potatoes
  • 2 pkgs pastry dough I prefer Goya Discos Pastry Dough
  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1 cup black olives chopped
  • 1 tsp dried minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp kosher salt divided
  • 2 tsps dried oregano divided
  • 2 tsps ground cumin divided
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper divided


  • 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.


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