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Easy Empanadas Recipe with Beef and Cheese

by Andrea Updyke

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These quick copycat empanadas are a great midweek dinner for a fun spin on taco night. Using ground beef, seasonings and other classic ingredients, this recipe makes a delicious addition to your meal plan.

It’s hard to be adventurous in the kitchen every single day. Sometimes you just need a gimme meal. Sometimes I reach for a comforting bowl of buffalo chicken mac and cheese and sometimes I want something even easier.

These easy empanadas are perfect for a busy weeknight when you don’t have a lot of time!

Maybe you got good deal on ground beef and want to do something different and easy on taco night. Maybe you just really want empanadas but you aren’t sure how to make them.

This recipe is affordable and easy to make and if I do say so myself, quite tasty!

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Make Beef Empanadas at Home

When I was living in Peru I fell in love with empanadas. So much that I ate them every chance I got! 

I love recreating my favorite meals, but there is something about an authentic empanada that can’t be duplicated. That’s why I call my recipe fake’n’bake empanadas! 

They are close enough when I can’t get the real thing and super easy to make or when I don’t have all the ingredients for the more hearty chili pie recipe

We love taco night in our house but sometimes it’s nice to change things up with something like this. 

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Easy Empanadas Recipe

This is a great recipe to get kids in the kitchen. You can brown the beef and onions if you don’t want them using the stove.

Then let the kids stir in the remaining ingredients including seasonings and diced tomatoes with green chiles, spoon in the filling onto the crescent rolls and roll up.

Watching through the oven glass til they turn golden brown is still one of my favorite things to do. 

So good!

Easy Empanada Dinner

Fake ‘N’ Bake Empanadas!

These quick copycat empanadas are a great midweek dinner for a fun spin on taco night. Using ground beef, seasonings and other classic ingredients, this recipe makes a delicious addition to your meal plan.


  • 1 lb or less Ground beef
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 Packet Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Can Rotel
  • 2 Cans Crescent Rolls
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Saute Ground beef with one chopped onion and drain fat
  3. Add taco seasoning
  4. Add one can Rotel (drain off most of the juice)
  5. Add cheddar cheese
  6. Meanwhile: Preheat oven and roll out croissants (I used Pillsbury)
  7. Spoon filling onto each triangle and roll into crescent
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown
  9. Top with Sour Cream and hot sauce or your favorite toppings
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 Empanadas
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330Total Fat: 20.9gCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 19.5g

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Campos Family March 5, 2010 - 10:44 am

Following from Friday Follow! This recipe sounds great.. we eat out way too much so I've been looking for easy recipes to make at home! If you get a chance please stop by and visit my blog. Have a great weekend! 🙂


Remodelaholic March 5, 2010 - 12:03 pm

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Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts March 5, 2010 - 3:24 pm

Following you back! Thanks for stopping by!

Lady V dZine March 5, 2010 - 6:06 pm

That looks YUMMY! Happy Friday Follow. I'm following you, now!

Rebecca D March 5, 2010 - 9:46 pm

Thanks for stopping by… I'm following you back.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments March 6, 2010 - 12:33 am

Yummm! This looks awesome :o)

Blessings & Aloha!

Kristen February 2, 2017 - 3:25 pm

Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe! I am very much looking forward to baking it. I do have two questions, though. How long do you bake this deliciousness for and what temperature in the oven? Thank you once again.

Andrea Updyke February 10, 2017 - 4:13 pm

Hi Kristen! Thanks for reading. I just followed the cooking instructions on the croissant rolls so I recommend doing the same with whichever brand you use. Enjoy!

Becky March 15, 2017 - 5:20 pm

I made these tonight and they came out awesome! Super simple and easy. Thanks for sharing!

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