Empanadas are perfect little pockets of cheesy beef. The dough bakes (or air fries!) into a golden flaky crust that shatters beautifully. Thankfully this little yum yums are easy to make.

crispy beef empanadas

Crispy Beef Empanadas

Cuisine228
Empanadas are perfect little pockets of cheesy beef. The dough bakes (or air fries!) into a golden flaky crust that shatters beautiful
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Senegalese

Ingredients
  

For the Dough

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tbsp clarified butter
  • salt a pinch
  • cup water
  • 1 tsp oil

For the Beef Mixture

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • ½ cup onion
  • bell pepper
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

For the Dough

  • In a large mixing bowl, add flour and salt. 
  • Heat the butter in a small pan and pour in the flour.
  • Mix butter well with flour till it has a bread-crumb like texture
  • Add water and knead the dough. Dough should be stiff.
  • When dough is kneaded, leave it on counter for at least 15 minutes to rest.

For the Beef Mixture

  • For the beef mixture, over medium-high heat up the oil and add ground beef, onion, belle pepper, garlic, ginger, cube and salt. and cook until browned.

Making the Empanadas

  • Working with one ball at a time on a floured surface, roll dough out to a ⅛ of an inch thick. Ensure the dough does not stick to your floured surface by flipping it over and turning it occasionally while rolling.
  • Using a five-inch diameter bowl cut the dough into circles. Add a sheet of wax paper in-between each disc to prevent sticking.
  • Using one disc as a time add 2 tablespoons of ground meat to the center of the disc. Close and flatten. 
  • Fry empanadas until golden brown and bubbled on both sides, about 2 minutes, carefully flipping half way through. Make sure to not crowd the empanadas or the oil temperature will cool and they will be soggy and oily instead of crisp, crunchy and dry.
  • Garnish empanadas with finely chopped cilantro sprinkled on top and enjoy!
Keyword Beef, Empanadas, Ground Beef