Savory Beef Empanadas

6 Servings


1 HR 50 MIN


15-30 mins


1 HR 20 MIN





Empanada Dough (See tip.)

1 lb

lean ground beef

1/4  cup

chopped onions and green peppers

3 slices

OSCAR MAYER Smoked Ham, finely chopped

2 tbsp

KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing

2 tbsp

tomato sauce

2  cloves

garlic, minced

1/4 cup

chopped fresh cilantro

1 cup



Step 1

Prepare Empanada Dough. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap; set aside while preparing empanada filling.

Step 2

Brown ground beef in medium skillet on medium heat; drain. Add onions, peppers, ham, dressing, tomato sauce and garlic; mix well. Simmer on medium-low heat 10 min., stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in cilantro.

Step 3

Shape dough into 12 balls, using about 2 Tbsp. dough for each. Flatten each ball into 6-inch round. Spoon about 1/4 cup meat mixture onto center of each round. Moisten edges with water. Fold dough rounds in half to enclose filling; press lightly on tops to remove air pockets. Seal edges with fork.

Step 4

Heat oil in large deep skillet to 375°F. Add empanadas, in small batches; cook 3 min. on each side or until golden brown on both sides. Remove from oil with slotted spoon; drain well. Cool slightly.