National Empanada Day | Beef Empanadas – The Foodie Patootie

National Empanada Day | Beef Empanadas

I’m not known for my empanadas. However, I’m lucky enough to have a best friend whose family is known for them. I know how to pick ’em and then use them for their food. It’s all okay though because Jackie uses me for my food sometimes too and this reciprocal relationship is completely acceptable to the both of us.

When it comes to these food holidays, I’d be a fool to think I could do it alone, especially with everything else I have going on at any given moment. Not only is it a relief, but it’s also so much fun, to have friends and family participating with me. Jackie’s sister Virginia makes some stellar empanadas and this recipe is ultimately hers, but Jackie and I stole it for the day. Thanks, Virginia!

National Empanada Day | Beef Empanadas

The food holidays are wonderful, even though they can be stressful at times. They are equal parts meal planner and learning tool, but there are still parts of the national food holidays I just don’t understand. Like, why are there two national empanada days? Same goes for National Pecan Day and some others. There are a number of repeats.

This is definitely not a complaint from me. Having repeat food holidays is pretty awesome.

This first empanada day I’m sharing a Beef Empanada recipe. Next time, on May 8th, you can find a recipe for Guava Empanadas. Mmm!

National Empanada Day | Beef Empanadas

National Empanada Day | Beef Empanadas
Recipe Type: Beef
Author: The Foodie Patootie
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Cook time:
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Serves: 8
  • Frozen empanada dough, thawed
  • 1 lb ground beef (we used organic lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 boiled eggs, chopped
  • 10 green olives, sliced
  • Egg white
  • Oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
  2. Brown beef and drain. Add onion, green pepper and garlic. Add salt and pepper, cooking through until vegetables are completely sauteed. Add tomato paste and stir to combine. If the mixture is a little dry, add some oil.
  3. Add cumin and cilantro to the mixture. Let this cook for 20 minutes. When you are ready to put empanadas together, add egg and olives.
  4. Spoon some of the meat mixture onto the center of each empanada disc, then fold into half-moon shapes. Seal edges by pressing with your fingers or crimping with a fork.
  5. Bake on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, or until empanada crust is golden brown.

Tomorrow: National Chinese Almond Cookie Day

56 Responses to “National Empanada Day | Beef Empanadas”

  1. Kathy — April 8, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Those look really yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Christine — April 8, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Every single recipe that you share makes my mouth water! I’m going to share your Blog with my readers today! It’s all so easy and looks so good! -Christine

  3. Esther Wilson — April 8, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I have never tried following the national food holidays! That is a new one for me. Those look delicious!! You have me interested in looking up the food holidays and trying it for myself!!

    • Jennifer — April 8th, 2014 @ 3:56 pm

      Yeah, why not try?? I am glad I’m over a 1/4 through- it’s been hard and exhausting, but also fun! You can find the food holidays I’m doing here: . I am following TheNibble and verifying with CNN’s blog, Eatocracy.

  4. Terri | Sugar Free Glow — April 8, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Wow, I haven’t had an empanada in FOREVER! My son would love for me to make them–thanks for the recipe~!

  5. Jess C — April 8, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Oh wow! I am salivating!! There’s nothing better than empanadas!

  6. Kristin — April 8, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Can someone come make me that pronto???

    • Jennifer — April 8th, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

      I’ll have them delivered. 😉

  7. Ashley - Be Wonderfully You — April 8, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Oh yum! I have never tried making these myself.. PROBABLY because I have a mum who is good at this kind of thing but perhaps I should take a stab at it. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  8. Louida — April 8, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I never heard of National Empanada Day and I never have eaten one before. Looks like they would taste good, I’ll need to try them out one day.

    • Jennifer — April 8th, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

      Oh my gosh, yes, you have to! They are so delicious. You can make all different kinds- beef, or any other protein, vegetarian, sweet ones, etc. It’s really just a matter of preference.

  9. Robin (Masshole Mommy) — April 8, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I love you right now. I actually had my first beef empanada last year at a little Mexican restaurant in San Diego and I have been hooked ever since. I was actually mad at myself for not having one sooner because I felt like I missed out on something really good for all those years.

    • Jennifer — April 8th, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

      Haha, you obviously have good taste. And, bonus that these are so easy to make and also, you can switch up what kind they are!

  10. Dina — April 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    those look so good. I’ll have to try them this weekend.

  11. melinda — April 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I didn’t know such a day existed. i haven’t have an empanada in a long time

    • Jennifer — April 8th, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

      I’m continuously surprised by the food holidays I would have never guess existed!

  12. These look yummy! I had no idea there was a national empanada day but it makes me want to go celebrate with Taco Bell’s caramel apple empanada’s. So good!

    • Jennifer — April 8th, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

      I didn’t know about the majority of these food holidays until I started cooking through them. It can be confusing and intense, lol.

  13. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama — April 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    We called these Spanish Hot Pockets! They look yummy, but I’m still a budding cook.

  14. Malia — April 8, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I’ve never made empanadas or even tried them, other than the caramel apple ones at taco bell! These look really good though. I’d love to try some.

  15. Liz Mays — April 8, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    They really look delicious and I’m going to try to make some too. I’ve never tried one in a restaurant either!

  16. Rosey — April 8, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I’ve never made them, but I have a house full of people who would love them, so maybe I should re-consider. Or get a friend who’s great at it. 😉 They do look delicious.

  17. Brett — April 8, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I’ve not made empanadas before bit boy do I want to. Yum. They sound fabulous

  18. Jaime — April 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    You have the best best friend. 🙂 Seriously, these look so good. I don’t know if I could perfect them myself, so I would need a really great friend to cook for me.

    • Jennifer — April 8th, 2014 @ 10:17 pm

      Exactly! That’s the secret. 😉

  19. Terin Garrett — April 8, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I’ve never had an empanada! They look delicious though!

  20. Jennifer — April 8, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I can’t wait to make these. They are such a versatile dish. You can stuff them with anything and they come out great. Thanks

  21. Debbie L. — April 8, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I have never tried a EMPANADA . They are kind of like a pastie from upper Michigan. They sound tasty!

  22. Jenn @ The Rebel Chick — April 8, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I love empanadas! They sound like they’re delicious!

  23. valmg @ From Val's Kitchen — April 8, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    A girl I used to work with made empanadas that everyone went crazy for. I liked them, but she didn’t put any cumin or any spice in the ones she made for the office.

  24. Mommy Pehpot — April 8, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    I love empanadas! Though I haven’t tried cooking it yet.. and I love it with pork. Will try this recipe one of these days 🙂

  25. Melissa — April 8, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    YUM! These look so good! I have never had an empanada and I think that needs to change!

  26. Candy @ Candypolooza — April 8, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Yum! We love empanadas! We normally have fruit in our but adding meat is awesome b/c it’s a meal then! 🙂

  27. Beth@FrugalFroggie — April 8, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Those look delicious. I have never made Empandas.

  28. Janeane Davis — April 9, 2014 at 12:01 am

    I had not heard of empanada day until recently. It seems like a fun holiday.

    • Jennifer — April 9th, 2014 @ 7:50 am

      It’s amazing how many food holidays I learn about in cooking through them this year!

  29. Chelsea — April 9, 2014 at 12:46 am

    These look soooooo good, wow. I seriously want some in front of me right this minute!!

  30. Tina Muir — April 9, 2014 at 6:32 am

    I did not even know what they were until this post, but they look and sound great! I will add this to a must try list! Happy Empanda day 🙂

  31. Christie — April 9, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I love a good beef empanada! The crust looks so flaky!

  32. Tracey — April 9, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Those look great. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  33. Amy Desrosiers — April 9, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I love that these look like little pies, but are stuffed with savory filling. I totally want to try these out!

  34. Veronica — April 9, 2014 at 11:17 am

    They remind me of Jamaican beef patties. They look very delicious. I love the name of your blog by the way

    • Jennifer — April 9th, 2014 @ 1:33 pm

      Thanks, Veronica! My husband actually came up with the name. 🙂

  35. Erica — April 9, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I never thought of empanadas as a savory option. This looks fantastic! Can’t wait to see the next recipe!

  36. Krystal — April 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I love Latin food, but can you believe I’ve never had an empanada?!

  37. Felicia — April 9, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    These look absolutely delicious. I know that the family would enjoy them.

  38. Amber K — April 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Gosh I love empanadas. This looks like a super simple recipe, can’t wait to try it.

  39. Janel C. — April 9, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I have never had an empanada and I have never seen empanada frozen dough. However, your recipe has intrigued me and I will be on the lookout for the dough to make some…thanks for sharing!

  40. I love empanda’s, but I’ve never made them at home- this recipe looks like it is right up my alley!

  41. Toni — April 9, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Those looks so good. I am a big fan of empanadas, but never really make them.

  42. I don’t think I’ve ever had an empanada before! I’m not sure how that happened but this looks super easy and delicious!

  43. Shell Feis — April 10, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Those look delicious! I’ve never made empanadas but would love to try!

  44. Onica {MommyFactor} — April 10, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Who knew there was an Empanada day? Empanadas are great to make. You can fill them with so many yummy things and eat easily.

  45. Sandra (at) Coasahmom (dot) com — April 10, 2014 at 12:58 am

    I’ve never heard of this but I would so love to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

  46. Shell Feis — April 10, 2014 at 3:19 am

    I’ve never made empanadas but I would love to! They look delicious.


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