Beef and Cheese Empanadas

Beef and Cheese Empanadas are the perfect skinny, healthy appetizer loaded with ground beef and gooey mozzarella and pepperjack cheese.
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 180kcal
Author Brandi Crawford


  • 30 Goya Empanadas wrappers
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2-3/4 medium onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/2 cup green peppers chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese shredded
  • 1 tbsp McCormick's Grill Mates Hamburger Seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 
  • Heat a skillet on medium-high heat. Add the garlic, green peppers, and onions to the skillet. Cook until fragrant.
  • Add the ground beef to the skillet. Season the beef with the seasonings. Using a spatula, break up the beef into small pieces. Cook the beef until browned. Drain any excess fat.
  • Lay the empanada wrappers on a flat surface. Dip a cooking brush in water. Glaze each of the empanada wrappers with the wet brush along the edges. This will soften the crust and make it easier to roll. 
  • Load the ground beef mixture into each of the empanadas.
  • Sprinkle the cheese over the ground beef. Close the empanadas. Roll the empanada in half. Pinch the crust along each of the edges. Roll each of the sides inward. Continue to twist the crust until closed.
  • Add the empanadas to a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove the empanadas from the oven.   Melt the butter in the microwave for 20 seconds. Using a cooking brush, spread the melted over the top of each.
  • Allow to cool before serving.


Calories: 180kcal