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Beef Empanada

Baked beef empanadas made with puff pastry, so easy and so delicious. 

Ingredients
  • 1 package of pre-made pie crust (2 rolls)
  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 medium diced bell pepper, any color
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup Mexican blended cheese
  • 1 egg

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350*F
  2. Prepare a cookie sheet with a baking mat, non-stick foil, parchment paper or oil. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet cook ground beef, onions and bell pepper until beef is cooked through, onions are translucent and peppers are soft.
  4. Drain any excess fat.
  5. Add cumin, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili powder to ground beef mixture and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Remove from hot burner.
  7. Roll out pie crusts. Using a bowl similar to a cereal bowl, trace circles onto each pie crust. I can get 3 per crust. A smaller bowl will result in more circles.
  8. With leftover pie crust, mix together and roll out and continue cutting circles, until all dough is used. I can get 8 total.
  9. Lay a pie crust circle down. on prepared cookie sheet. Add 2 – 3 Tablespoons of filling to the middle of the circle. Top with 1 Tablespoon a cheese.
  10. Fold pie crust circle in half, keeping the filling inside, and press edges down with a fork.
  11. Repeat steps 9 and 10 for all empanadas.
  12. Arrange empanadas on cookie sheet.
  13. Beat egg in a small bowl and brush on top of each empanada.

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