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Spiced Beef and Vegetable Empanadas Recipe

Serves: 16
Prep Time: 30 minutes
60 MIN
Cook Time: 30 minutes


Spiced Beef and Vegetable Empanadas


  • 3 cups (750 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder
  • 1 tsp (10 mL) salt
  • ½ cup (125 mL) cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chicken stock
  • 2 eggs, divided


  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) vegetable oil
  • ½ cup (125 mL) finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) tomato paste
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) each ground cumin, coriander, cinnamon and smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) red chili flakes
  • ½ lb (250 g) ground beef
  • 1 cup (250 mL) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup (250 mL) frozen Green Giant® Mixed Vegetables
  • ½ cup (125 mL) frozen Green Giant® Corn Whole Kernel Corn
  • ½ cup (125 mL) frozen Green Giant® Sweetlets™ Peas
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) capers, drained
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) finely chopped fresh parsley


Dough: In food processor, combine flour, baking powder and salt; add butter and pulse until mixture is crumbly. Slowly add chicken stock and 1 egg, pulsing until thick ball of dough forms; transfer dough to small bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Filling: Heat oil in large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat; cook onion, garlic, tomato paste, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, smoked paprika and chili flakes for 3 to 5 minutes or until softened and fragrant. Add ground beef; cook for about 5 minutes or until browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, mixed vegetables, corn, peas, capers, vinegar and salt; reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until mixture is thickened and most of the liquid has evaporated. Stir in parsley. Remove from heat and set aside; let cool.

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In small bowl, beat remaining egg with 1 tsp (5 mL) water. Set aside.

On lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to ¼-inch (1 cm) thickness. Use 5-inch (13 cm) round cutter to cut out 12 rounds, re-roll dough and cut out 4 more rounds. Place scant ¼ cup (60 mL) vegetable and beef filling in centre of each circle; brush edges with egg wash mixture. Fold over; seal edges by pressing dough with back of fork. Transfer to prepared baking sheet; brush top of each empanada with thin layer of egg wash. Bake in centre of oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until tops are golden brown.

Tip: Freeze empanadas in airtight container if desired; bake frozen empanadas for 30 to 40 minutes.

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