These Taco Empanadas have a flaky pastry and cheesy ground meat filling in every hand held bite.
My first attempt at pizza bites failed completely. The dough fell apart, they didn't have much flavor, and definitely wouldn't pass the test to make it onto the blog. If you'd like to see a picture there is one on my Instagram. It's not pretty. On the positive side, they were edible enough to not just throw them away.
Luckily, savory pastry attempt number two was a huge success. I didn't want to make a traditional empanada because I saw that my friend Sarah over at Mrs. Criddle's Kitchen had one already using the bagel dog dough so I decided to make it cheesy and more taco-y in a flaky pie crust.
What are empanadas?
Empanadas are a Latin American or Spanish hand-held pastry with savory fillings. They can be filling with ground meat, chicken, cheese, or even vegetables.
- almond flour
- coconut flour
- cold butter
- cold water
- pinch of salt
- cooked ground turkey or beef
- cream cheese
- shredded cheddar cheese
- taco seasoning
How to Make Taco Empanadas
Step One: Make the pastry dough.
Step Two: Make the filling.
Step Three: Roll out the dough and cut it into circles.
Step Four: Add a scoop of filling into each circle. Fold over the dough enclosing the filling and crimp the edges with a fork to seal the dough.
Step Five: Bake the empanadas until hot and golden brown.
This made 9 empanadas. I really wish I had gotten an even number. I just prefer even numbers and it feels strange to list the recipe yield as 9 empanadas. Maybe you should make a double batch so you have 18 empanadas.
What do I do with extra filling?
I had some filling leftover so I ate it plain. It was delicious just eaten with a spoon. If you do not want leftover filling use ⅔ cup of meat, 3 tablespoon cream cheese, ⅔ cup cheddar, and taco seasoning to taste.
- 1 cup cooked ground turkey or beef
- 2 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1-2 teaspoon taco seasoning I used 1.5 teaspoon of a salt free seasoning so I also added ¼ teaspoon of salt
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Combine the crust ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
- Roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper. Cut circles using an upside down quart size mason jar (or any other circular object that is about 3 inches across). Reroll the extra dough and make more circles until it is all used up.
- Stir together the cooked meat, cheeses, and seasoning. Taste it. Add more seasoning or salt if needed.
- Put a heaping tablespoon of meat filling on each circle. Fold in half and seal the edges with your fingers. Press lines into the edges with a fork.
- Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.