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empanadas in tray with sauce

Beef Turnovers Recipe (Spanish Style Empanadas)

Whether you rustle them up for an appetizer, main course or even a meal on the go, these Spanish Empanadas make for a tasty twist on the turnover that will keep you coming back for more.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Hispanic, Spanish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 582kcal


  • Oven


Beef Turnovers Filling

  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Cup Chopped Onions
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½ Cup White Wine Or white wine vinegar will also work
  • 2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Lb. Ground Beef Or ground turkey
  • Cup Green Olives Pitted, chopped
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Parsley
  • 6 Pie Crust We used the Pillsbury Brand
  • All-Purpose Flour For Dusting
  • 1 Egg For Egg Wash Mixture
  • 1 tablespoon Water For Egg Wash Mixture

For Dipping Sauce

  • 1 ½ Cup Sour Cream
  • 2 tablespoon Pumpkin Seeds
  • 2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoon Dried Cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper


Cooking Method For The Filling:

  • Cut onions, peppers, green olives. Place a in a bowl and set aside.
    meat for empanada
  • Boil eggs for 10 minutes and chop them. Set aside.
    In a pan, add olive oil and sauté onions for 5 minutes.
    Add peppers and sauté for 5 more minutes.
    Season with dried herbs.
    Add ground beef, cook until light brown and deglaze with white wine. Then, remove it from the heat. Do not overcook as you risk the meat being dry.
    Add olives and chopped egg into the mixture. Mix well to combine and set aside.
    empanada filling on wooden spoon

Homemade Dough For Empanadas:

  • Divide the dough into 40 gram balls, or roll out the store-bought dough and cut it into 2-3 mm thick circles.
    Place the dough onto your hand and add place 40 grams or about 3 tablespoon of the filling in the center of the circle.
    empanada dough
  • Fold in half and close with using fingers.
    Crimp the sides. Then use a fork to seal the edge.
    Place empanadas onto a baking sheet.
    Bake in pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. The empanadas should be bake until golden.
    sour cam sauce

For Dipping Sauce:

  • Whisk all the ingredients and season with dried herbs.
    sour cam sauce
  • Place in the refrigerator until ready to be served and enjoy.
    empanadas in tray with sauce



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Serving: 8People | Calories: 582kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 1405mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 6mg