Spicy beef empanadas

Spicy beef empanadas


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About this recipe: These traditional Argentinian empanadas are typically from the Northern region. Whereas beef empanadas are usually made with minced beef, these are specifically made with diced veal shoulder, which makes them extra juicy and flavourful. Seasoned with crushed red pepper, these empanadas won't last long on your table.


Makes: 24 spicy beef empanadas

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 medium red peppers, diced
  • 500g veal shoulder, diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 24 empanada pastry discs
  • 1 egg, beaten

Prep:35min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:10min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

  1. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas 7. Cover 2 baking trays with aluminium foil and grease with sunflower oil. Set aside.
  2. In a large frying pan or saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute spring onion, onions and red peppers until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. Using the same pan, cook diced veal, in batches, until browned. Stir in the onions and peppers and season with cumin, salt, crushed red peppers and cayenne pepper. Mix well, cook for 2 extra minutes and then remove from heat. Add chopped hard boiled eggs and let it cool down for 10 minutes.
  3. Place empanada pastry discs over a flat surface. Brush edges with warm water. Put 1 full tablespoon of veal filling in the centre, fold pastry over and seal edges pressing with a fork.
  4. Transfer the empanadas to baking trays. Brush with beaten egg.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve hot or cold.

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