Easy Crescent Roll Empanadas Recipe

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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
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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!

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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

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Easy Crescent Roll Empanadas

4.82 from 22 votes
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.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Yield: 16 rolls


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


  • 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


Serving: 1g, Calories: 221kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 421mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican

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

Post updated from March 2010.

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Andrea Updyke is a married mom of two boys living in Raleigh, NC. She is a published author and blogger of more than 18 years and loves to celebrate the little things that make life awesome.

Whether she's sharing tasty recipes, traveling or hanging with the family, Andrea's goal is to help make your days a little easier and a lot more fun! Email inquiries to andreaupdyke@gmail.com.

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  1. 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.

    1. 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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