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Appetizers | July 21, 2011

Beef Empanadas with Black Bean Dipping Sauce

Beef Empanadas with Black Bean Dipping Sauce
Beef Empanadas with Black Bean Dipping Sauce
Beef Empanadas with Black Bean Dipping Sauce

One of my favorite features in Bon Appetit is R.S.V.P. Readers Favorite Restaurant Recipes. Here’s how it works- readers write in and ask BA to get recipes for them from their favorite restaurants. After acquiring the requested recipe, the magazine publishes the request along with the coveted recipe. I’ve found loads of great recipes over the years in this section of BA. Here’s my latest find, Beef Empanadas with Black Bean Dipping Sauce. In the June 2011 edition… the reader says:

“We spent our honeymoon at Grace Bay Club in Turks and Caicos (really? We spent our honeymoon at the Homestead in Heber City) . One of my best food memories is the Beef Empanadas served at the lounge. I’d love the recipe. “

Since Grant LOVES empanadas, I decided to give these a try. They are not quite like traditional empanadas you’ll find in South America…the chef at Grace Bay Club says “Every cook in the Islands knows this dish.” So I guess this is the “island” version of empanadas.
Result: We loved them as much as the Turks and Caicos lady.
YUM. And we didn’t even need to leave Bountiful to get them.

Oh, since I like you so much, here’s a little step by step tutorial.
Beef Empanadas with Black Bean Dipping Sauce
Beef Empanadas with Black Bean Dipping Sauce
Cook, Mix, Cool
Beef Empanadas with Black Bean Dipping Sauce
Beef Empanadas with Black Bean Dipping Sauce
Beef Empanadas with Black Bean Dipping Sauce

Beef Empanadas with Black Bean Dipping Sauce

Course Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Mexican



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 large garlic clove chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 17.3- oz packages frozen puff pastry 2 sheets, thawed
  • 2 large egg yolks beaten, for glaze

Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 15- oz can black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 Roma tomato seeded, chopped, divided
  • 1 lg scallion chopped, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper



  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, chopped onion and garlic; cook, stirring often and breaking into small pieces with a wooden spoon until beef is cooked, about 3 minutes. Add tomato paste, cumin, and cayenne. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring often, to let flavors meld, about 4 minutes. Add cilantro; season to taste with salt & pepper. Let filling cool to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut each pastry sheet into four 4 1/2″ squares for a total of 8 squares. Lightly brush edges of squares with glaze. Spoon filling into center of each, dividing equally. Fold edges over, forming triangles, and press to seal. Crimp edges with tines of a fork. Divide triangles between prepared sheets. Brush tops with glaze.
  3. Do Ahead: Can be prepared 6 hours ahead. Cover & chill.
  4. Bake until tops are puffed and golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Dipping Sauce

  1. Meanwhile, puree beans and sour cream in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in half of tomatoes and half of scallions. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle remaining tomatoes and scallions over.


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  1. These look just wonderful! It's funny – I have always loved the RSVP section of Bon Appetit too! And these caught my eye but I hadn't gotten a chance to make them. Thanks for trying them out and the great tutorial!

  2. Where do you find frozen puff pastry? I have looked and looked for it to make some other things and I can't find it anywhere! I really want to find it, but apparently I just struggle!

  3. My husband lived in Panama for 9 years and is always asking me to make empanadas, I will definitely give these a try, they look delicious! Amberly, I think you can usually find frozen puff pastry in the freezer section of your grocery story near the frozen fruit and frozen pies. Hope this helps!

  4. Yes, Amberly, Scrappy is right, you should be able to find puff pastry in almost any grocery store in the freezer section.

  5. Si! I just made these for my family and a ward potluck ( I tripled it)! They were a hit, seem so fancy and got asked for the recipe (I told them I got it from a Bountiful Kitchen!). Thanks so much

  6. Empanadas seem intimidating to make but yours look perfectly golden brown and delicious!!

    ps..I would love to know where you get the fig, beet, and yam salad you mentioned on my blog or do you make it at home?!

  7. Brooke,
    You made these for a ward potluck? I want to be in your ward 🙂 btw- I ran into your sweet Aunt Pam the other day. Great to see her!
    Becky, I found that salad at CPK Gateway or Fash Place.

  8. Made these for dinner tonight and they were delicious! I substituted chorizo instead of the ground beef and it gave them an amazing flavor. I will definitely make these again!

  9. some friends wanted to do a freezer meal swap, so i am in the process of making mass amounts of these! the filling is so yummy (love the flavor the cilantro and cumin add), and i ended up making the crust from scratch just to save a few bucks (got the crust recipe from the martha stewart website). According to Martha these can be frozen for up to 3 months, and cooked from frozen for an additional 10 mins or so. Thanks for another yummy recipe!