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Beef Empanada Recipe

Lil' Luna
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!
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Let dough set 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 12
Calories 303 kcal



  • 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


  • 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)
  • Coat meat with red enchilada sauce and add a small can of diced olives (however much you like). Set aside.
  • Roll out dough ball on a floured surface to about a 5-6 inch round.
  • 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.
  • Deep fry in ½" oil on medium heat on both sides until golden brown.
  • Let set on a paper towel lined paper plate. Serve warm.



Calories: 303kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 23gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 2006mgPotassium: 399mgVitamin C: 42.5mgCalcium: 313mgIron: 3.5mg
Keyword Empanadas
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