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Recipe: Beef Bean and Cheese Baked Empanadas

Part of the fun of parenthood is getting to introduce your children to delicious new foods. If you are feeling adventurous but want to save time, try this quick empanada recipe from Florida Dairy Farmers! 


  • 1 package frozen empanada pastry dough (found in Latin/ethnic section in the frozen dept of most major supermarkets)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 375. In a saucepan, cook the ground beef until no longer pink. Drain. Place the meat back onto the stove and add the beans, chili powder, Worcestershire, cumin, salt, pepper, garlic and tomato paste. Stir to combine and cook over medium heat for 6-7 minutes.

Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray o parchment paper. Place a small amount of filling (2 tbs) and an equal amount of cheese on top of each dough circle and fold over and press to seal. Repeat until all the filling/dough is used. Brush each side with melted butter and bake until golden. (12-17 minutes).

Florida Dairy Farmers (FDF) is Florida’s milk promotion organization, representing more than 130 Florida dairy farmers who work every day to provide a steady supply of fresh milk. The farmer-funded organization works to enhance the industry’s image with a goal of increasing milk and dairy product sales statewide via consumer marketing and education. The Dairy Council of Florida is a component of FDF and serves Florida educators and health professionals. 

The Florida Dairy Council team will also be in attendance at the Back to School Fair on August 9 where they’ll have great samples of healthy and tasty treats. 

Florida Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods, like low-fat and fat-free dairy, and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

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