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Savory Empanada Beef Pie Recipe in a skillet with spatula and piece out on counter. 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!

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.