This Spanish recipe is a great main dish for any occasion. Tender ground beed mixed with peppers, and carrots create a sweet and salty taste. Every bite has a creamy and buttery texture, while the dough implants a colorful brown element to the dish.


  • 240 milliliters hot water
  • 20 grams yeast
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 500 grams bread flour
  • salt
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 carrot
  • 500 grams ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • ground black pepper
  • 100 grams white cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg


  1. Bloom the yeast in hot water mixed with 2 tablespoons of oil. Mix well in a glass. Set aside.
  2. Add the flour to a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and mix well. Incorporate the yeast mixture. Knead the dough until a it becomes smooth, about 10 to 12 minutes by hand or 5 minutes by stand mixer.
  3. Place the kneaded dough into a bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and place in a warm spot to rise 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius.
  5. Add the remaining oil to a skillet on low heat. Add the onion, bell peppers, garlic, and carrot. Saute for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the ground beef and saute another 3 minutes.
  7. Add the tomato sauce and a pinch of salt and black pepper to taste. Simmer for 5 minutes and set aside.
  8. Knead the dough for 1 minute. Cut the dough in half.
  9. Roll out one half of the dough to 1/2-centimeter thickness. Put on a piece of parchment paper on top of a baking sheet.
  10. Cover the dough with the empanada filling and cheddar cheese. Leave a small border on all sides of the dough.
  11. Roll out the other half of the dough to the same size and add on top forming the empanada. Seal the empanada using a fork. Poke a hole in the top so that the empanada does not puff too much.
  12. Brush the top with beaten egg and place on a baking sheet.
  13. Bake for 40 minutes until browned.
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NutritionView more



Calories990Calories from Fat380
Total Fat42g65%
Saturated Fat15g75%
Trans Fat1.5g
Calories from Fat380
Total Carbohydrate104g35%
Dietary Fiber7g28%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Frank W. 6 Jul 2016
By Spanish, you mean Galician, Galician empanadas don't have cheese. Everything better be chopped. They do throw peas in their empanadas. All empanadas from different countries are baked in different sizes and shapes. Cheese is an ingredient for other empanadas in South America and the Caribbean.
Jessika B. 30 May 2015
I have indulged in quite a few Spanish beef empanada recipes in my time and none of them could compare to this one. It was like I ordered it straight from the restaurant. Enriched with tons of flavor, well seasoned beef, and just a hint of spice. I plan to make this 5 star recipe again soon.