Skip to Content

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.

Crescent Roll Empanadas on platter and servings on plates with toppings

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).

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!

Crescent Roll Empanadas Shopping List

This recipe is affordable and easy to make and if I do say so myself, quite tasty! Serve with a bowl of cilantro lime rice for the perfect meal.

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

Print the Recipe: Crescent Roll Empanadas

crescent roll empanadas recipe

Easy Crescent Roll Empanadas

Andrea Updyke
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.
4.78 from 18 votes

Be sure to check out my tips and tricks in the post. Scroll up to read!

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Dish
Servings 16 rolls
Calories 221 kcal

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Saute ground beef with one chopped onion and drain fat
  • Add taco seasoning
  • Add one can Rotel (drain off most of the juice)
  • Add cheddar cheese
  • Unroll crescent rolls (I used Pillsbury)
  • Spoon filling onto each triangle and roll up
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown
  • Top with Sour Cream, guacamole or your favorite toppings

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 221kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 12gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 421mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3g

Nutrition information is estimated. For the most accurate info, always doublecheck with your ingredients.

Have you made empanadas before? Let me know your favorite fillings!

Post updated from March 2010.

andrea

ABOUT ANDREA

I'm a travel-loving boymom living in Raleigh, NC. I love making life a little bit easier and a lot more fun by sharing easy recipes, travel tips, and holiday treats. Read more...

Tags
Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Leigh

Monday 4th of July 2022

I can't wait to try this recipe. Looks so easy and delicious.

Jaclyn

Thursday 11th of March 2021

Easy and delicious

Paula

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Oh wow! These were so yummy and easy to make!

Kristina

Monday 1st of March 2021

Becky

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

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

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.