Baked Beef Empanadas (Light)

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by MarraMamba

From Cooking Light--they use wonton skins for easy assembly. Haven't tried it yet. This makes 36 empanadas at 3 per serving so I plan to freeze most.

Top Review by aoconnor189

This recipe was great! I did tweak it a little bit: I used ground turkey instead of beef and browned it separately first before adding it to boil. I also didn't have any Allspice, so instead I used 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, and a pinch of ground nutmeg. Plus I was feeling pretty lazy and used regular 'ol tortillas, glued them shut with flour and water, and pan fried them. I didn't let the filling cool, so it was hot all the way through. The sauce that brought this ALL together was the Roasted Pineapple & Habanero glaze you can get at Costco. The sweetness complimented the cumin so well. I warmed a couple tablespoons in the microwave for us to dip. It was AMAZING. SO GOOD. I will be making this again!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine first 10 ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer 8 minutes or until potato is done, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F Place 2 baking sheets in oven for about 10 minutes.
  3. Drain meat mixture in a colander over a bowl. Discard liquid. Finely chop meat mixture with a knife, or place in a food processor, and pulse 2 times or until finely chopped. Combine cornstarch and water, stirring with a whisk.
  4. Working with one won ton wrapper at a time (cover the remaining won ton wrappers with a damp towel to keep them from drying), spoon 1 tablespoon beef mixture into center of each wrapper. Moisten the edges of each wrapper with the cornstarch mixture. Bring 2 opposite corners together. Pinch the points to seal, forming a triangle. Place filled wrapper on a wire rack. Repeat the procedure with the remaining beef mixture, won ton wrappers, and cornstarch mixture.
  5. Remove the baking sheets from the oven; coat baking sheets with cooking spray. Arrange the empanadas in a single layer on baking sheets. Coat the empanadas with cooking spray. Bake at 400°F for 8 minutes or until golden, turning once. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

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