Delicious Beef Empanadas: A Flaky Pastry Delight!

This beef empanada recipe is made with Goya Discos pastry rounds and a mouthwatering filling of seasoned ground beef, tomatoes, onions, and garlic. Enjoy these flaky, deep-fried empanadas as an appetizer, a main dish, or even after your main course.

Recipe Details

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins
20 empanadas


  • 1tablespoonGoya Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • ½poundground beef

  • ½mediumyellow onion, finely chopped

  • ¼cupGoya Tomato Sauce

  • 6Goya Spanish Olives Stuffed with Minced Pimientos, thinly sliced

  • 2tablespoonsGoya Sofrito

  • 1packetSazon Goya with Coriander and Annatto

  • 1teaspoonGoya Minced Garlic

  • ½teaspoonGoya Dried Oregano

  • Goya Ground Black Pepper, to taste

  • 1(14 ounce) packageyellow or white Goya Discos empanada discs, thawed

  • 1quartGoya Corn Oil, for frying

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef; cook and stir until browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Add onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, olives, sofrito, sazón, garlic, oregano, and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until mixture thickens, about 15 minutes.

  2. Roll empanada disks on a lightly floured surface until 1/2 inch larger in diameter. Spoon about 1 tablespoon meat mixture into the middle of each disk. Moisten the disk edges with water, fold in half over filling to form a half-moon, and pinch to seal (or seal with a fork).

  3. Heat 2 1/2 inches corn oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Working in batches, fry empanadas until crisp and golden brown, flipping once, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

La Cocina Goya Cooking Tip:

Crispy empanadas, guaranteed! If you don’t have a deep-fry thermometer, you can still estimate the temperature of the oil. Just place the handle of your wooden spoon (or a wooden chopstick) into the oil. If a steady stream of bubbles emerges from the wood, the oil is perfect. If the oil starts rapidly bubbling, or if only a few bubbles are present, then the oil is too hot or too cold, respectively.

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