Empanadas con Chile con Carne (Empanadas with Chili con Carne)

Time: Prep: 35 minutes plus chilling | Cook/Bake: 1 hour 1 minute
Servings: 18

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Welcome to our kitchen! Today, we’re excited to share a delicious and hearty recipe that embodies the rich flavors of Mexican cuisine: Empanadas con Chile con Carne. These tasty treats are a perfect blend of crispy pastry and flavorful, spicy filling. Whether you’re looking for a snack, a party appetizer, or a satisfying meal, these empanadas are sure to impress. Follow along as we guide you through each step to create this mouthwatering dish. Let’s get cooking!



1 tablespoon olive oil 

1 medium celery rib, finely chopped 

1 small carrot, finely chopped 

1/2 small white onion, finely chopped 

1 pound 85% lean ground beef 

1 tablespoon chili powder 

1 teaspoon ground cumin 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

1 can (15.5 ounces) seasoned black beans, undrained 

1 can (14.5 ounces) petite diced tomatoes 

2 tablespoons chipotle pepper paste 

1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro 

Empanada Dough 

3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting 

1 teaspoon kosher salt plus additional for sprinkling (optional) 

1/2 cup cold unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into 1/2-inch pieces 

2 large eggs, beaten plus additional for brushing (optional) 


Chili con Carne 

  1. In large saucepot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add celery, carrot and onion; cook 4 minutes or until almost tender, stirring frequently. Add beef, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper and cinnamon; cook 6 minutes or until browned, breaking up beef with side of spoon. Stir in beans with their juice, tomatoes with their juice and chipotle paste; heat to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 15 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool completely. Stir in cilantro. Makes about 4 cups Chili con Carne.


Empanada Dough 

  1. In large bowl, whisk flour and salt; with 2 knives or pastry cutter, cut in butter until pea-size crumbs form. Add eggs and 2/3 cup ice water; gradually stir until dough comes together. On lightly floured work surface, divide dough in half; shape each half into a ball and form into a 6-inch disk. Wrap dough disks in plastic wrap; refrigerate 30 minutes.


  1. Preheat oven to 425°; line 2 rimmed baking pans with parchment paper. On lightly floured work surface, roll out 1 dough disk into a 14-inch circle (about 1/4-inch thick); using a 4 1/2-inch round cutter, cut 6 circles. Gather dough scraps, reroll and cut 3 more circles. Roll each circle into 5 1/2-inch circle; place about 3 1/2 tablespoons Chili con Carne in center of each circle and brush edges of dough with water. Fold dough in half over filling; crimp edges with back of fork and place on 1 prepared pan. Brush empanadas with egg and sprinkle with salt, if desired; bake 18 minutes or until golden brown, rotating once. Repeat with remaining dough disk and Chili con Carne. Makes about 18 empanadas.

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