A do-ahead recipe that freezes beautifully for impromptu baking and entertaining.

Yield: 20 servings ( Serving Size: 3 )
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  • Crust
  • 3/4 cup(s) butter
  • 2 1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounce(s) small curd cottage cheese
  • 7-8 tablespoon(s) cold water
  • Filling
  • 1 pound(s) ground beef
  • 1/2 cup(s) onion minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) garlic salt


  1. To prepare the crust: Cut margarine into flour with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gently stir in cottage cheese. Sprinkle in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring until all flour is moistened. Gather dough into 2 flat balls. Refrigerate, covered, about 30 minutes.
  2. To prepare the filling: Brown ground beef in skillet with the next 6 ingredients; cool. (Ground beef mixture needs to be finely chopped.)
  3. Assembly: On lightly floured surface, roll one ball of dough to about 1/4" thickness. Cut with 2" round cookie cutter. Spoon 1 teaspoon meat mixture in center of dough circle; fold over to form a half circle. Seal edges with fork. Freeze on baking sheets until firm; transfer to food storage bags. Freeze up to 2 months.
  4. To Bake: Place frozen empanadas on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 400 F oven until golden brown (about 25 minutes). Serve immediately with salsa, if desired.
August 2012

This recipe is a personal recipe added by GailMayer and has not been tested or endorsed by MyRecipes.

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