I used to work near a small Brazilian market. I stopped by one day and discovered they had affordable prepared foods - perfect for a quick lunch when you're in a rush. They were selling delicious beef empanadas for a buck a piece! As a result, this became one of my favorite places for lunch. One bite of that empanada and I was hooked. What I loved was how simple yet flavorful it was. Main ingredients were ground beef with seasoning, peas, onion and that was pretty much it. There would sometimes be other versions with corn or potato, but that didn't appeal to me.
Why you should make a huge batch of beef and cheese empanadas
Of course, I had to try to make my own version of this and I tinkered with the recipe for years. Finally, I landed on the delicious beef and cheese empanadas I'm sharing here. This is so easy to make and everyone will love it. Seriously. It's crunchy shell exterior with the soft, flavorful beef and cheese center is the perfect combination. I realize you can make the dough from scratch, but why bother? The frozen shells at your local grocery store are perfect for this.
These delicious beef and cheese empanadas are a serious crowd pleaser, from movie night to Super Bowl Sunday. The empanadas freeze very well too. I usually make about 30 in one batch. Yes, you read that right: 30.
You might think 10 is enough, but it's not. Please trust me on this one. We pig out the night I make them. I usually give some away to my friends and family who have become addicted to them over the years. The rest I freeze for lunches and dinners when I don't have time to cook. To defrost, simply put them in the fridge overnight and reheat them in your toaster oven with a piece of foil resting on top so they don't burn. Seriously, just as delicious as the night you made them. Oh, and if you love the combo of sour cream, salsa, avocado, scallion, and cilantro: you must check out my Killer Chicken Quesadillas or my Southwest Style Chicken with Cheese Beans and Salsa.
I'm always cooking with leftovers in mind. Why waste money eating out when you can cook amazing food in your own kitchen? Cook for yourself and your loved ones - you're worth it.Print