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Beef Empanadas with Cranberries

Beef Empanadas with Cranberries

Beef Empanadas with Cranberries


  • Delicious recipe Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Delicious recipe Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Delicious recipe Servings: 30 appetizers
  • Delicious recipe Specialty: LS
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30 appetizers


1/2 (6 inch) corn tortilla, coarsely chopped

1/4 pound ground beef

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 small garlic clove, minced

1/2 to 1 serrano chile, finely chopped, seeds and veins removed for less heat if desired

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 cup Ocean Spray® Craisins® Original Dried Cranberries

1/3 cup beef broth

salt and pepper

3 tablespoons chopped cilantro


3 (9-inch) refrigerated pie crusts

1 egg, beaten


Pulse tortilla in food processor until finely ground or finely mince by hand (this will help thicken the beef mixture). Heat small skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add ground beef and cook 3 to 5 minutes or until brown; remove any excess drippings.

Add onion and cook 2 minutes. Add garlic, serrano and cumin and cook 30 seconds. Add Craisins and beef broth and bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute at medium-low heat. Add tortilla, season with salt and pepper and cook until thickened, increasing heat if necessary. Stir in cilantro.

Heat oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or grease. Place 1 pie crust dough on surface and cut into10 rounds using 3-inch cookie cutter. Remove and discard dough scraps. Fill each round with 1 ½ teaspoons filling. Fold dough over to form half moons, press cut edges together with fork to seal. Place on baking sheet and brush with egg. Repeat with remaining pie crust dough.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Makes 30 appetizers


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Worth the extra effort to make these

Deborah from City Name, New Hampshire 10/24/2011 at 09:22 AM

I made these as an appetizer for a cranberry themed dinner party. Everyone loved them! They take a bit of time, but they were so good, they were absolutely worth it. I would definately make these again.

Excellent dinner treat,

Colleen from Deltona, FL 06/26/2008 at 11:55 AM

I served this with spanish rice and used sour cream for garnish. For a dinner empanada, make your circles about 6 inches in diameter instead of 3", makes a heartier meal. The family loved it!