Beef Empanadas Recipe

Our favorite Mexican dish - Beef Empanadas in Red Chili sauce. This crispy, airy taco made from dough and filled with red chile sauce, shredded beef, and olives is one of our favorite Mexican recipes!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Let dough set 4 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 303 kcal
Author Lil' Luna



  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening or lard
  • 1 1/4 cups water


  • 2 1/2 lb roast beef cooked and shredded (I cook mine the day before using my Crock Pot Roast Recipe)
  • red enchilada sauce
  • diced olives
  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Dough: Mix all ingredients together with a wooden spoon until mixed well and a little sticky. Pinch away a golf ball size piece of dough and roll into a ball. Set onto a plate and cover with seran wrap for 4-6 hours (we usually make ours in the morning to be ready for dinner)

  2. Coat meat with red enchilada sauce and add a small can of diced olives (however much you like). Set aside.
  3. Roll out dough ball on a floured surface to about a 5-6 inch round.

  4. When dough is rolled out put about ¼ cup of roast beef mixture on one side of the disk. Fold the other half over and pinch around the entire edge.
  5. Deep fry in ½" oil on medium heat on both sides until golden brown.
  6. Let set on a paper towel lined paper plate. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts
Beef Empanadas Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 303 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 2006mg 84%
Potassium 399mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin C 51.5%
Calcium 31.3%
Iron 19.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.