Total Recipe Time: 40 to 45 minutes
Makes 4 servings
1 pound Ground Beef (80% to 85% lean)
1/4 cup raisins, chopped
1/4 cup chili sauce
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 refrigerated pie crust (1/2 of 15-ounce package)
Toppings: Prepared salsa, salsa con queso, chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR GRANDE BEEF EMPANADA
Heat oven to 400°F. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into small crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings.
Stir in raisins, chili sauce, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Unfold pie crust; place on baking sheet. Spoon beef mixture evenly over 1/2 of dough, leaving 1-1/2-inch border around edge. Moisten edge of dough with water; fold pastry over filling. Press edges of dough together with fork to seal. Prick center of dough with fork once or twice to form steam vents.
Bake in 400°F oven 16 to 18 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Serve with toppings, if desired.
Test Kitchen Tips
Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.
Beef Empanada Appetizers: Increase refrigerated pie crusts to 3 or 1-1/2 (15-ounce) packages. Prepare Ground Beef filling as above. Roll out each pie crust to a 14-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Cut 10 circles from each crust with a 3-1/2-inch round cookie or biscuit cutter, spacing the cutouts closely. Spoon a generous tablespoon beef filling in center of each circle, leaving 1/4-inch border around edge. Moisten edge of dough with water; fold pastry over filling to form half-circle. Press edges together with fork to seal. Place on baking sheet. Bake in 400°F oven 14 to 16 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Serve as above. Makes 30 appetizers.