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.




  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 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

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