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Shredded Beef and Sharp Cheddar Empanadas

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appies & Snacks
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking


  • 1/3 cup shredded beef warmed & drained
  • 1 pre-made pie crust
  • Sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 egg well beaten
  • Salsa sour cream, or guacamole


  • Click here for the shredded beef recipe.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat.
  • Heat some of the leftover shredded beef until warmed through. Spoon the meat into a colander in the sink and let the juices drain.
  • Lay your pre-made pie crust out on the counter.
  • With a rolling pin, roll out the pie crust until 18 inches in diameter.
  • Cut out 8 circles using a ramekin as a guide.
  • Top each round with about 2 teaspoons of shredded beef followed by a bit of shredded sharp cheddar.
  • Moisten edges of dough with water; fold the dough over and press with fingers to seal.
  • Use a fork to press around the edges.
  • Place on cookie sheet. Brush the tops of each empanada lightly with egg.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Serve with salsa, sour cream, or guacamole. Enjoy!