Beef and Peanut Empanadas with Chimichurri

Hungry guests will love this savory Spicy Beef and Peanut Empanadas recipe served alongside a tangy Asian slaw.

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Beef and Peanut Empanadas with Chimichurri

    Prep Time: 20 minutes

    Cook time: 25 minutes

    Yield: 30-40 small empanadas

Beef and Peanut Empanadas with Chimichurri Ingredients

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1 small yellow onion, chopped

    1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

    1 large garlic clove, minced

    1/3 cup golden raisins

    1/2 cup raw Georgia Peanuts

    2 tablespoons pickled jalapenos, chopped

    1 pound ground beef

    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

    1 tablespoon water, plus additional for sealing dough

    salt, to taste

    pepper, to taste

    2 packages pie crust

    1 egg white, in small bowl


    1/3 cup flat leaf parsley

    1 teaspoon dried oregano

    3 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped

    1/4 cup red wine vinegar

    1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

    1/2 cup olive oil

    salt, to taste

    pepper, to taste

Beef and Peanut Empanadas with Chimichurri Instructions

    To make spicy beef and peanut empanadas:

  • In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add onion, red pepper flakes, garlic, raisins, peanuts and jalapenos. Cook until onion and garlic are soft and fragrant. Add ground beef and brown thoroughly. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and 1 tablespoon water. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring to prevent burning. Season with salt and pepper, to taste; transfer filling to large bowl and cool.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Unroll pie crusts on lightly floured work surface. Using round cutter at least 3 inches in diameter, cut out rounds.
  • Using rolling pin, roll out edges of each circle, leaving center of circle at its original thickness.
  • Holding one round of dough in palm of hand, scoop about 1 tablespoon filling into center. Using fingertip, line edge of dough with water, fold into half moon shape and pinch to seal. For extra ease, use fork.
  • Place filled empanadas on parchment-lined baking sheet and brush tops with egg white.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes on upper rack.
  • To make chimichurri:

  • In blender or food processor, pulse parsley, oregano, garlic, red wine vinegar, red pepper flakes and olive oil 2-3 times. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve in small bowl for dipping.

Asian Peanut Slaw

  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges
  • 1/4 cup Asian sesame dressing
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 bag (16 ounces) three-colored deli slaw mix
  • chow mein noodles
  • Drain juice from mandarin oranges into mixing bowl and reserve oranges.
  • In bowl with juice, add dressing, peanut butter and red pepper; whisk until well blended. Add peanuts, oranges and coleslaw mix; toss until thoroughly coated.
  • Garnish with chow mein noodles before serving.


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Recipe courtesy of "Set the Table" on behalf of the Georgia Peanut Commission

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