Baked Wonton Beef Empanadas

Written by chanie on August 14th, 2011

I had never really heard of empanadas until I married my husband. My Argentinian mother-in-law loves to cook up a storm whenever we come to visit and these meat-filled pockets are often on the menu. She whips up a batch in no time and makes it look so easy! For my husbands birthday this year, I cooked him a surprise dinner that included all of his favorite family recipes including empanadas, milanesas and mechshie. It was my first try at them, but with my mother-in-laws help, everything turned out super delicious.

I made empanadas again last week on the spare of the moment, having some defrosted ground beef sitting in the fridge. Whereas my mother-in-law throws together a batch of dough in no time, I am one to avoid any recipe that calls for home-made dough. Instead, I decided to make use of the eggroll wrappers in my freezer. I had no idea if this would work, especially since I had no intention of frying them, but I decided to give it a try. And work, it did. The wontons turned out perfectly crispy without being greasy and the filling, although not traditional, was perfectly delicious. If you don’t mind frying, go ahead and make these super golden and crispy in some hot oil!

I call these “wonton empanadas” because they are a cross between traditional empanadas (filled with ground beef, olives, and cumin) and beef eggrolls (filled with meat, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms etc.). You can call them Asian empanadas or Spanish eggrolls, either way, these meat-filled samosas are sure to please!

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  1. Rivki Locker says:

    Yum, yum, yum. I love that these are baked and not fried. Bookmarking these to try soon. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. annie says:

    This looks great. Will try it and bring to a potluck this Saturday. Love it because there’s no frying involved.

  3. Chanie says:

    Can these be frozen once baked?

  4. Adri says:

    Can you give us your mothers home made dough empanada recipe??? My dad is from ARgentina and the one my grandmother gave me never comes out right!!!

  5. Rebecca says:

    Is it ok to use lean beef for this? Thanks

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