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Tex-Mex Taco Empanadas

  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Ingredients 11
  • Servings 6
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Ingredients

2
tablespoons vegetable oil
1
lb. ground beef
3
Roma tomatoes, chopped
1/2
cup yellow onion, finely chopped
1
can green chili peppers, chopped
1
tablespoon chili powder
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon ground cumin
1/2
teaspoon ground oregano
1/4
teaspoon ground black pepper
1
package Pillsbury™ Grands!™ biscuits buttermilk

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
495.5
% Daily Value
Total Fat
29.2g
45%
Saturated Fat
9.3g
46%
Cholesterol
53.7mg
18%
Sodium
1269.3mg
53%
Total Carbohydrate
40.2g
13%
Dietary Fiber
3.0g
12%
Sugars
7.4g
Protein
19.3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
120.60%
121%
Calcium
5.30%
5%
Iron
24.40%
24%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information for this recipe is estimated using a leading nutrition calculation application, but is an estimate only.  Actual nutrition values will vary based on the exact ingredients or brands you may use.

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Expert Tips

Serve these empanadas with sour cream and/or guacamole.

Directions

  • 1 Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 2 Sauté the onion for 2 to 3 minutes until it becomes translucent. Add the chopped tomatoes, green chili peppers, and the garlic; sauté for 3 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time, until all the beef has browned. Reduce the heat to low; add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.
  • 3 When the beef has cooled enough, heat the oven to 350°F.
  • 4 Spray a baking dish with vegetable cooking spray.
  • 5 For the empanadas, split each biscuit in half. Spread each half on a floured surface until you have a 1/4 inch circle. Fill each circle with 3 tablespoons of the ground beef filing. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese on top of the beef. Fold the dough in half and seal the edges with a fork. Prick the surface of each empanada 2 or 3 times with a fork.
  • 6 Arrange the empanadas on the baking dish. Bake the empanadas for 12-15 minutes or until the dough becomes golden brown. Remove from the oven.
  • 7 To serve, garnish with lettuce and chopped tomato, alongside taco sauce or your favorite hot sauce. Bon appetit!

I have something to confess... even though I have lived in Mexico for a long time, surrounded by taco stands on every corner, many times what I really crave are Tex-Mex-style, ground beef tacos. Not just tacos, because this spicy ground beef filling also lends itself for tostadas, burritos, and even empanadas. I really love Tex-Mex style taco empanadas. Ground beef cooked with tomato, onion, garlic, green chili peppers, and various hot spices, wrapped in a soft biscuit dough. All served with lettuce, chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream, and your favorite hot sauce. With these ground beef empanadas, dinnertime will turn into a Tex-Mex fiesta!

Rate and Comment

Leslie Limon Leslie Limon
September 20, 2016

I have something to confess... even though I have lived in Mexico for a long time, surrounded by taco stands on every corner, many times what I really crave are Tex-Mex-style, ground beef tacos. Not just tacos, because this spicy ground beef filling also lends itself for tostadas, burritos, and even empanadas. I really love Tex-Mex style taco empanadas. Ground beef cooked with tomato, onion, garlic, green chili peppers, and various hot spices, wrapped in a soft biscuit dough. All served with lettuce, chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream, and your favorite hot sauce. With these ground beef empanadas, dinnertime will turn into a Tex-Mex fiesta!