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Easy Crescent Roll Empanadas Recipe

These quick copycat crescent roll 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.

We are all about simplicity around here and it’s even better when the kids can help (like with this grilled cheese in the air fryer).

Crescent Roll Empanadas on platter and servings on plates with toppings

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It’s hard to be adventurous in the kitchen every single day. Sometimes you just need a gimme meal. Add some wine, and you’re ready to roll!

Sometimes I reach for a comforting bowl of buffalo chicken mac and cheese and sometimes I want something even easier.

These easy crescent roll empanadas are perfect for a busy weeknight when you don’t have a lot of time. Level up with these easy no-bake dessert cheesecake cups!

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

To make this easy recipe, you will need:

  • Crescent rolls
  • Ground beef
  • Onions
  • Taco seasoning
  • Ro-Tel diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes (optional toppings)
easy empanadas ingredients in bowls

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

Easy Crescent Roll Empanadas Recipe

This is a great recipe to get kids in the kitchen. You can brown the beef and onions if you want to keep small hands from using the stove.

Empanadas beef and onion

Then let the kids stir in the remaining ingredients including seasonings and diced tomatoes with green chiles,

Empanadas cooked beef with rotel and cheese

Spoon in the filling onto the crescent rolls and roll up.

Empanadas roll into crescents

Watching through the oven glass til the crescent rolls turn golden brown is still one of my favorite things to do!

Empanadas on baking sheet

This is one of those weeknight recipes that feels homemade but is super easy.

Great twist on taco Tuesday! How about empanadas every day!

Want more crescent recipes? Try these cranberry orange crescent rolls.

Easy Empanadas Recipe

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crescent roll empanadas recipe

Easy Crescent Roll Empanadas

Yield: 16 rolls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

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°F
  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. Unroll crescent rolls (I used Pillsbury)
  7. Spoon filling onto each triangle and roll up
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown
  9. Top with Sour Cream, guacamole or your favorite toppings
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 421mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 12g

Nutrition information is estimated and may vary based on products used. Please verify with your ingredients.

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Post updated from March 2010.



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Wednesday 15th of March 2017

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


Thursday 2nd of February 2017

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

Friday 10th of February 2017

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!

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Saturday 6th of March 2010

Yummm! This looks awesome :o)

Blessings & Aloha!

Rebecca D

Friday 5th of March 2010

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

Lady V dZine

Friday 5th of March 2010

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

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