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Baked Beef, Black Bean and Corn Empanadas

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These amazing Baked Empanadas are filled with ground beef, black beans, corn, and tex-mex spices. They are super simple to make and loved by everyone!

We eat quite a bit of Tex-Mex-inspired meals around here; we live in South Texas, after all. The whole family just loves the flavors and spices.  

I made these simple beef, black bean, and corn Empanadas, and everyone thought they were muy delicioso!  Such a nice variation from the typical chicken dishes I make.

Where to find Premade Empanada Dough

I used Empanada rounds I found in the freezer section of my local grocery store. If you can’t find frozen empanada rounds, you can keep it simple by using a frozen pie crust or make your own.

Homemade Empanada Dough recipe:

Ingredients (makes about 12 empanada Rounds):

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter cubed
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup cold water


  1. Add flour, butter, and salt to a food processor. Pulse a few times until the butter and flour starts to ball up.
  2. Add egg and cold water to the butter-flour mixture. Pulse just until ball of dough forms.
  3. Form the dough into a flat round disk and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate about an 1 hour.
  4. Roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness. Cut into circles about 5 inches in diameter using small bowl.

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  • 1 package empanada dough rounds – if you can’t find the empanada dough rounds, just use pre-made pie crust  (You could also make it from scratch..)
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup of diced onions
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package of taco seasoning or its equivalent in dried spices
  • 1 additional tsp each of dried cumin and garlic *optional, but I add the extra spice for stronger flavor (I put cumin and garlic in practically everything…)
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 3/4 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup of salsa
  • shredded cheese
  • optional: Sour cream and guacamole for serving


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet and saute the onion for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the ground beef (breaking into crumbles as you cook it), taco seasoning and spices and cook until brown.
  3. Add black beans, corn, and salsa, cooking for another 3 minutes or so, to help the flavors blend.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425
  5. Prepare your dough, if using pie crusts or your own dough, cut the dough into 5-inch circles. (or squares if easier.)
  6. Add about 3 tablespoons of the beef mixture to the center of the dough and top with a generous amount of shredded cheese.
  7. Fold the dough in half and seal edges with a fork.
  8. Brush the tops of the empanadas lightly with oil and bake on a well-greased cookie sheet for about 20 minutes or until golden brown
  9. Serve with optional sour cream, guacamole and enjoy!

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  1. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great summer week end and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. One word! YUM! Definitely pin-worthy =) Thanks for sharing!

  3. These look delicious, I have pinned so that I remember to try them. Stopping by from Thursday Temptations link party

  4. Great post. I found this through the Create and Inspire linky party. I linked in an attempt at meatballs.
    Have a lovely week.

  5. With some shredded chicken instead, I would be all over these, thanks for the dinner idea 🙂

  6. Came over from Full Plate Thursday. these sous so good! i am a new follower on GFC. Patsy

  7. Mmmm – Sounds Tasty! I need to make these – I'm craving now. Visiting from Friday Faves link up – Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  8. Your Empanadas look delicious! Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. Yum! I love empanadas but have never made this kind before. Can't wait to try them!

  10. These look so good…I wish I could eat them right now…I'm really hungry!