Minced Beef Empanadas

Empanadas de Carne Picada

I love finger food and these Minced Beef Empanadas turned out just wonderful!

One of the greatest pleasures I have when I'm in the kitchen is to try new things. To get a little out of the usual and invent, use my imagination and get inspired by other countries' cuisines.

These minced beef empanadas took me to Argentina, without ever having been there. But I can say that they are not bad at all!

They are perfect for a late afternoon snack, for a dinner snack, or even for an afternoon of soccer and friends.

One thing is for sure, there is nothing more typical than a soccer afternoon surrounded by friends and empanadas!

And these are delicious! The dough is crunchy and slightly dense (without being too much), the filling is not dry at all, and the combination of minced meat and red bell pepper is fantastic!

And for a sweeter, gluttonous and guilt-free recipe, check out these Blueberry and Yogurt Pancakes.

Empanadas de Carne Picada com mordida aproximado

How do you make these wonderful Minced Beef Empanadas?

For this recipe you'll need:

  • Spelt (or oat, or wheat) flour
  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Melted butter
  • Water (if necessary)
  • Minced meat
  • Onion
  • Olive oil
  • Red bell pepper
  • Tomato paste
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Egg

What are the tricks to get these minced beef empanadas right?

  • It is important to know if the dough is just right: well kneaded and smooth, so that it can be rolled out easily.
  • The butter must be melted, since it is the liquid element that will make the dough bind and become consistent.
  • Add water to the dough if it is too grainy. It is better to add water than to add more butter.
  • As for the filling, you can do whatever you like. But in this specific case, red bell pepper and tomato paste make all the difference in the flavor.
  • Cumin is considered the secret ingredient in traditional Argentine recipes.

Empanadas de Carne Picada de cima

Let's check the step by step?

Minced Beef Empanadas

These minced beef empanadas are perfect for a late afternoon snack, a dinner party, or even an afternoon of soccer and friends. They are delicious!
Preparation time20 minutes
Cooking time30 minutes
Total:50 minutes
Key words: argentine, argentine food, empanadas, empanadas argentinas, minced meat empanadas, finger food
Porções: 20 empanadas


For the dough

  • 3 cups spelt flour (or oat flour, or wheat flour)
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • ½ tbsp sea salt
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • Water if necessary

For the filling

  • 1 cup minced beef
  • 1 diced onion
  • Olive oil to taste
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 beaten egg


For the dough

  • In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well until it forms a ball.
  • If the dough gets too dry, add water little by little until you get the desired consistency.
  • Cover it with a cloth or cling film and put it in the fridge while you make the filling.
  • When they are taken out of the refrigerator, sprinkle a flat surface with a little flour. Divide the dough into 4 and roll out one piece at a time.
  • Cut out circles with a mould or the neck of a glass.

For the filling

  • Saute the onion in a frying pan with a little olive oil.
  • When it is soft and translucent add the red bell pepper and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the minced meat and cook for 2 min.
  • Add the tomato paste, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper and mix everything together.
  • Let it cook until the meat is well cooked.
  • Fill the dough with spoonfuls of the filling.
  • Brush with beaten egg and bake in a preheated oven at 180º for 20min or until golden brown.


You can substitute the butter for olive oil.
Make the filling you like the most, you can choose bacon and cheese, sautéed vegetables or any other filling of your choice.
You can brush it with melted butter or with milk.
It is possible to freeze the minced beef empanadas. Just put them in a box, divided by parchment paper and put them in the freezer. Then just take them out whenever you want to eat them and bake them directly in the oven until golden brown (it may take longer since they will be frozen). 

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