Effortless Savory Empanada Beef Pie Recipe

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Sometimes good things come in small packages.  This is not one of those times, lol!  Enter my Effortless Savory Empanada Beef Pie Recipe!  It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that it’s so much easier to make then all of those individual empanadas.  But yet, it still delivers all of the familiar amazing flavors and textures in a full-on family dinner!

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SIMPLE SAVORY PIES

My family adores Empanadas, but they can be a bit time-consuming to make.  So, instead of a bunch of individual Empanadas, I decided to make one giant one!  I started with my Ground Beef Empanadas recipe.  And then updated it to add more filling ingredients, such as carrots, tomato puree, and ehem, cheese. 

There are many different types of savory pies that you can make just like this!  Try any of these skillet dinners and place a pie crust on top for an extra-special dinner! 

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Nothing special for this one! Just a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11) and a small-medium pot with lid for the quinoa.

You need a large skillet or frying pan for making the beef mixture. You also need to make sure that it can go into the oven, i.e. does not have a plastic handle. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It’s also safe to go into the oven.

Mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR EMPANADA BEEF PIE RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Prepping ahead for this recipe is just a few steps.

Set one pie crust dough roll out on the counter (unopened) to bring to room temperature.  You will want a good quality ready-to-bake pie crust dough.  I like Immaculate Pie Crusts, which are not overly sweet.

Peel and dice the carrot. Dice the celery. Mince the garlic. Thinly slice the scallions.  Beat the egg in a small bowl.

Can I use a frozen pie crust dough?

Yes, just make sure to put it in the fridge to thaw the night before.

COOK YOUR EMPANADA BEEF PIE 

This recipe starts out on the stove and then moves to the oven for the pie crust to cook.  As mentioned below, you need a large frying pan or skillet that is safe for the oven.

On high heat, you first start to sweat and cook the diced carrots, celery, and scallions.

Carrots and celery in skillet for Empanada Beef Pie Recipe. It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that everything cooks in one skillet!

Then add the ground beef, breaking it up with a spatula. Cook for 5 minutes to brown the meat.

Carrots and raw beef mixture cooking in skillet for Empanada Beef Pie Recipe. It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that everything cooks in one skillet!

Then add the minced cloves garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, black pepper, the tomato sauce, and the broth. Cook for another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and mix in the shredded cheese.

Beef mixture in skillet for Empanada Beef Pie Recipe. It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that everything cooks in one skillet!

Shredded cheese on top of beef mixture in skillet for Empanada Beef Pie Recipe. It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that everything cooks in one skillet!

Roll the dough out onto a large smooth, clean and floured surface. If needed, using a Rolling pin, roll it out to the size of your pan/skillet + 1 inch (example if your pan is 10″ then roll it out to 11″ diameter). Lift it up to ensure it isn’t sticking to the surface, then fold it in half, then in half again to make it easy to unfold over the pan.

Place the pie dough over the beef mixture. Brush the beaten egg over the top. With a knife, cut 3-4 1-inch slits in the top of the pie dough.

Beef mixture in skillet and pie crust being added to top for Empanada Beef Pie Recipe. It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that everything cooks in one skillet!

Pie crust on skillet for Empanada Beef Pie Recipe. It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that everything cooks in one skillet!

Bake in the oven, center rack, for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Effortless Savory Empanada Beef Pie Recipe

Sometimes good things come in small packages.  This is not one of those times! Enter my Effortless Savory Empanada Beef Pie Recipe!  It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that it's so much easier to make then all of those individual empanadas.  Everything cooks in a skillet starting on the stove and then baking in the oven. It's a delicious and effortless family dinner! #empanadas #beefpie #savorypies

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword easy dinners, empanadas, family dinner, ground beef
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Carrot
  • 1 Celery stalk
  • 1 pound Ground Beef 90% Lean no antibiotics
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil 1 for making filling, 1 for baking the empanadas
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced (or 2 tsp garlic powder)
  • 2 Scallions sliced thin
  • 8 ounces Tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup Beef Broth (or chicken broth)
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Egg, large
  • 1 Ready-to-bake Pie Crust dough rolls (thaw in fridge the night before if frozen)
  • 1-2 tablespoons All-purpose flour (for rolling the dough if needed)

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Set one pie crust dough roll out on the counter (unopened) to bring to room temperature.

  2. Peel and dice the carrot. Dice the celery. Mince the garlic. Thinly slice the scallions. Beat the egg in a small bowl.

Cooking Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees
  2. Make the ground beef filling. Preheat a large frying pan on high heat. Add 1 tsp Olive Oil, then the diced carrots, celery, and scallions. Cook for 5 minutes until softened. Add the ground beef, breaking it up with a spatula. Cook for 5 minutes to brown the meat. Then add the minced garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, black pepper, the tomato sauce, and the broth. Cook for another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and mix in the shredded cheese.

    Beef mixture in skillet for Empanada Beef Pie Recipe. It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that everything cooks in one skillet!
  3. Roll the dough out onto a large smooth, clean and floured surface. If needed, using a Rolling pin, roll it out to the size of your pan/skillet + 1 inch (example if your pan is 10" then roll it out to 11" diameter). Lift it up to ensure it isn't sticking to the surface. Lift it up to ensure it isn't sticking to the surface, then fold it in half, then in half again to make it easy to unfold over the pan.

  4. Place the pie dough over the beef mixture. Brush the beaten egg over the top. With a knife, cut 3-4 1-inch slits in the top of the pie dough. Bake in the oven, center rack, for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let rest for 5 minutes, then cut and serve. Enjoy!

    Pie crust on skillet for Empanada Beef Pie Recipe. It has a perfect flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  The best part is that everything cooks in one skillet!

Recipe Notes

Buy a good quality ready-to-bake pie crust dough.  I like Immaculate Pie Crusts, which are not overly sweet.

Easiest Ground Beef Empanadas

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Ground Beef Empanadas on a pan.  Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.

What’s not to love about Empanadas?  They are little savory pastry pockets of love!  These Ground Beef Empanadas recipe is the absolute easiest way to make these babies at home!  Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.  You can make them all ahead and freeze so you can later bake them off one by one as a snack or all at once for dinner or a party!  And incredibly easy to make with only a few steps.  

These Ground Beef Empanadas are also a great way to use leftover ground beef from Taco night or leftover burgers.  Click here to get 30 Leftover Protein Dinner Ideas to give you even more ideas like this.

Ground Beef Empanadas on a pan. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.

Apps for Dinner

Every once in a while we have a Smorgasbord dinner in my family.  It’s where I serve a bunch of appetizers across protein, veggie, and other categories.  ‘Other’ is just whatever we are craving or have in the house that’s fun and yummy. 

These Ground Beef Empanadas are perfect for filling the Protein category in a Smorgasbord Dinner!  Other proteins that I may include are my Baked Chicken Taquitos or my Hanky Panky Canapes (Cheesy Sausage & Meat).  My Baked Coconut Shrimp would also be perfect!

For the Veggie category, I will typically cut up some raw veggies and serve with a dip, such as my Sriracha Hummus or Pimento Olive Ranch Dip.  Other great veggie appetizers are my Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips or my Baked Coconut Cauliflower Bites (yep, just like the shrimp, but with cauliflower!)

The ‘Other’ category includes things like cheese and crackers, chips and guacamole, or other fun nibbles.  Include things you love and make it fun!

Making Ground Beef Empanadas - crust rounds with filling in center, beef filling in dish, and empanada on a pan. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Nothing special for this one! Just a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11) and a 4 3/4 inch diameter circle for cutting the empanadas from the dough. You could use a plastic lid, and large circle biscuit cutter or anything really that you can run a knife around to cut the dough.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR GROUND BEEF EMPANADAS

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

One of the best things about these Ground Beef Empanadas is that they can be made ahead and frozen before baking them.  They will last in your freezer for up to 4 months!  Here are the easy steps.

First, buy a good quality ready-to-bake pie crust dough.  I like Immaculate Pie Crusts, which are not overly sweet.

Making Ground Beef Empanadas - pie crust dough roll, beef filling in dish. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.

Mince the garlic. Thinly slice the scallions. Beat the egg in a small bowl.

Next make the ground beef filling.  I used a 90% lean ground beef without antibiotics.  Simply sear the beef with 2 minced cloves garlic, 2 sliced scallions, chili powder, cumin, salt, and black pepper.

Ground Beef in pan with seasonings for Ground Beef Empanadas. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.

ASSEMBLE YOUR EMPANADAS

Roll the dough out onto a large smooth, clean and floured surface. Using a Rolling pin, roll it even thinner to spread it out to about 15-16″ in length and 11″ in width. If it breaks as you open or roll it, simply patch it back up together. Lift it up to ensure it isn’t sticking to the surface.

Using a lid or large biscuit cutter about 4 3/4″ in diameter, cut circles into the dough. When you run out of space, roll out the scraps again after you make the first batch. You should get about 8 empanadas from each pie crust.

Circles cut into dough for Ground Beef Empanadas. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.

Take the cooled beef filling and add a heaping spoonful to the center of each circle, creating a tall mound that leaves about 3/4″ space from filling to edge.

Pie crust dough circles with beef filling in center for Ground Beef Empanadas. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.

Using your finger or small pastry brush, brush a small amount of the beaten egg around the outer edge of the right half of the circle.

Using both hands, carefully fold over one side using the other hand to push the filling inside away from the edge so that you get dough on dough to seal. Push down to seal with fingers. Then use a fork to crimp around the edge.

Brushing milk around dough with finger for Ground Beef Empanada closed. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.

Hand pressing Ground Beef Empanada closed. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.

Fork pressing edges around Ground Beef Empanada. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.

Place each empanada on an oiled sheet pan. Brush the tops with the egg and then give a very light sprinkle of chili powder. Now, either bake them (see below) or place the sheet pan in the freezer and then transfer the empanadas to a storage container after frozen.Hand sprinkling chili powder on Ground Beef Empanada. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.

Raw Ground Beef Empanadas on a pan. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.

Raw Ground Beef Empanadas on a pan in freezer. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.

COOK YOUR GROUND BEEF EMPANADAS 

Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.  Place the empanadas (fresh or frozen) on an oiled sheet pan and place on the center rack of the oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Ground Beef Empanadas on a pan. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling. Hand holding a Ground Beef Empanada with more on a pan. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.

Hands holding a Ground Beef Empanada with more on a pan. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.

ENJOY! 😍 Carrie

 

Ground Beef Empanadas on a pan. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.
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Easiest Ground Beef Empanadas

These Ground Beef Empanadas are delicious and easy to make!  Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling. Simply start with ready-to-bake pie crust dough, cut out circles, make the filling with lean ground beef, then fill, fold, and seal! You can freeze them up to 4 months or bake immediately and enjoy! #empanadas #appetizers #easydinners #easyrecipes #beefempanadas

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword empanadas, ground beef
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Filling Cooling Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 Empanadas
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 2 Ready-to-Bake Pie Crust Rolls (thaw in fridge the night before if frozen)
  • 1 lb Ground Beef, 90% Lean no antibiotics
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil (1 for making filling, 1 for baking the empanadas)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced (or 2 tsp garlic powder)
  • 2 Scallions, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Egg, large

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Set the pie crust dough out on the counter (unopened) to bring to room temperature.

  2. Mince the garlic. Thinly slice the scallions. Beat the egg in a small bowl.

  3. Make the ground beef filling by first preheating a medium-large pan on high heat. Add 1 tsp Olive Oil, then the ground beef. Break up the beef and add the minced cloves garlic, sliced scallions, chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, and a touch of cayenne (optional).  Transfer the filling to a bowl and let it cool in the fridge.

    Ground Beef in pan with seasonings for Ground Beef Empanadas. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.
  4. Roll the dough out onto a large smooth, clean and floured surface. Using a Rolling pin, roll it even thinner to spread it out to about 15-16" in length and 11" in width. If it breaks as you open or roll it, simply patch it back up together. Lift it up to ensure it isn't sticking to the surface.

  5. Using a lid or large biscuit cutter about 4 3/4" in diameter, cut circles into the dough. When you run out of space, roll out the scraps again after you make the first batch. You should get about 8 empanadas from each pie crust.

    Circles cut into dough for Ground Beef Empanadas. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.
  6. Take the cooled beef filling and add a heaping spoonful to the center of each circle, creating a tall mound that leaves about 3/4" space from filling to edge.

    Pie crust dough circles with beef filling in center for Ground Beef Empanadas. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.
  7. Using your finger or small pastry brush, brush a small amount of the beaten egg around the outer edge of the right half of the circle.

    Brushing milk around dough with finger for Ground Beef Empanada closed. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.
  8. Using both hands, carefully fold over one side using the other hand to push the filling inside away from the edge so that you get dough on dough to seal. Push down to seal with fingers. Then use a fork to crimp around the edge.

    Fork pressing edges around Ground Beef Empanada. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.
  9. Place each empanada on an oiled sheet pan. Brush the tops with the egg and then give a very light sprinkle of chili powder. Now, either bake them (see below) or place the sheet pan in the freezer and then transfer the empanadas to a storage container after frozen.

    Raw Ground Beef Empanadas on a pan in freezer. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.

Bake your Empanadas

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees

  2. Place the empanadas (fresh or frozen) on an oiled sheet pan and place on the center rack of the oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!

    Ground Beef Empanadas on a pan. Flaky, buttery pastry on the outside with a savory, smokey, salty ground beef filling.