Rediscovering the Joy of Cooking

December 1, 2007

Green Chile Beef Empanadas

Filed under: beef — Emily @ 6:25 am

Sometimes I just don’t have it in me to put a lot of effort into making dinner. I want something a step above a frozen dinner, but nothing elaborate. I came across this recipe while watching the Food Network. The chef was Robin Miller. It looked very tasty, so I saved the recipe to give it a try sometime. It was very successful and very tasty. Disclaimer: I never claimed that they were authentic!

2 (9-inch) refrigerated pie crusts
2 cups cooked shredded beef (I used precooked shredded beef from the grocery store)
1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Unroll pie crusts onto a flat surface. Top each quadrant of crust with 1/2 cup of beef, 1/4 cup of cheese and about a tablespoon of chiles, making even layers and spreading ingredients to within 1/2-inch of the edges. Top with second pie crust. Using a pastry cutter or sharp knife, make an X across the circle, making 4 equal sections. Pinch around the edges with a fork to seal.
Transfer empanadas to a baking sheet and make small slits in the top of each one to allow steam to escape during cooking. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until crust is golden brown.

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8 Comments »

  1. What an easy recipe! I’ll have to try this one…

    Did you see Annie’s Eats latest post? You gotta see it…

    Comment by Nikki Gladd — December 2, 2007 @ 4:18 pm

  2. I’m always looking for quick and easy meal to do on weeknights. Your empanadas looks so yummy, I’m going to try this at home.

    Comment by gloria — December 3, 2007 @ 7:14 pm

  3. I tried this today.. with a few changes.. and it was GOOD! I’m going to post it soon. :)

    Comment by Nikki Gladd — December 5, 2007 @ 1:42 am

  4. I tried this on Wed., but with carnitas and in salsa verde. It was a big hit, thank!!

    Comment by gloria — December 6, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

  5. nothing wrong with a simple recipe for those weeknights! these look great, even if they aren’t exactly authentic :)

    Comment by MrsPresley — December 8, 2007 @ 5:20 am

  6. I found your blog via thenest.com LA boards. Just thought I’d take a peak at it. Those empanadas look yummy as well!

    Comment by Chastity — December 12, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

  7. Yum! I made these with some modifications. I added a little water and salsa along with the can of chilies (including the liquid) to the beef while I reheated it. I also added half an envelope of taco seasoning. I used pillsbury crescent roll dough instead of pie crust, which made them really flaky, and brushed the edges (to seal) and tops with an egg wash.

    Comment by Kashi — March 20, 2008 @ 1:59 am

  8. […] blog titled Joy of Cooking), dinner tonight was very easy! I used a recipe from her site called Green Chile Beef Empanadas and made a few changes to my tastes. Instead of beef, I used taco flavored shredded chicken (store […]

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