Beef and Cheese Empanadas

These Beef and Cheese Empanadas are a delightful blend of savory ground beef, melted cheeses, and a flavorful mix of spices, all encased in a crispy, golden-brown empanada dough. Perfect for a snack, appetizer, or even a meal, these empanadas are sure to impress your taste buds with every bite.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Easy to make and perfect for gatherings or parties.
  • The combination of cheeses adds a rich and gooey texture to the filling.
  • The blend of spices gives the empanadas a delicious and zesty flavor.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and stem removed, diced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Slap Ya Mama® seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
  • 11.6 ounces 5” empanada dough (such as Goya)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water


Meat Mixture:

  • In a large skillet or cast iron pan over medium heat, add ground beef, onion, jalapenos, and seasonings. Cook until the meat is no longer pink. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Drain grease and return to the pan.
  • Add tomato sauce, stir, and cook for 15 minutes.

Egg Wash:

  • In a small bowl, whisk egg and water together. Set aside.

Assembling the Empanadas:

  • Wet the edges of the empanada dough lightly with water.
  • Place a small amount of cheese in the center of the empanada dough, followed by a heaping tablespoon of meat mixture, and more cheese.
  • Fold the dough in half, pinching the edge, and crimp the edges with the tines of a fork.


  • Place on a baking sheet and brush empanadas with egg wash.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Servings: 6

Calories: 385 per serving

Preheat the oven to 425°F.


Store any leftover empanadas in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven for a few minutes to maintain crispiness.

Recipe Tips:

  • Feel free to customize the filling with your favorite ingredients like diced peppers, corn, or olives.
  • You can make a large batch of these empanadas and freeze them before baking for a quick snack or appetizer option later on.

Enjoy these Beef and Cheese Empanadas as a delicious and satisfying treat for any occasion! Bon appétit!”

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