Sirloin Empanadas



  • 1 pound Certified Angus Beef ® top sirloin or tri-tip steak, diced in 1/8-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 large onion, diced (2 cups)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (4 oz) can green chilies
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro or flat leaf Italian parsley
  • 2 (11 oz) tubes raw pizza dough, thin crust
  • 1/4 cup flour, for work surface
  • 4-inch cookie cutter (large drinking cup works well too)
  • Directions

    In a large sauté pan, sear beef in a single layer with olive oil on medium-high heat. Sear in batches to avoid steaming, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl. Add butter and onion to pan; simmer for 3 minutes until onions become transparent. Add garlic, cumin, cumin seeds, pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Simmer an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Combine beef with onion mixture. Stir in green chilies and cilantro. Refrigerate. Preheat oven to 375°. Using a rolling pin, roll dough into 2 large rectangles; dust with flour as needed. Cut eight 4-inch circles from each half. Put 1/3 cup of empanada mixture in each half-circle. Use water on the edge as needs to seal. Place on a sheet tray. Bake approximately 25 minutes until golden brown.
    Recipe provided by the Certified Angus Beef® brand.


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