These Argentinian beef empanadas are packed with delicious spices & great for entertaining.


  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons finely diced garlic
  • 2 x 500g packet butcher 3 star beef mince
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup roughly diced parsley
  • 1/2 cup (80g) roughly diced pitted olives (any)
  • 3 eggs, hard-boiled and roughly diced
  • 10 sheets of puff pastry, defrosted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Preheat fan forced oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Place large frypan over high heat, add oil, when hot add onion, cook for a few minutes or until lightly golden, add garlic, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and cinnamon and cook for 2 minutes. Add beef, break up with a spatula and cook until a golden colour is achieved on the meat. Add tomato paste and currants and simmer for 5 10 minutes. Finish off filling by stirring through adding parsley, olives, eggs and season with salt and black pepper.
  3. Take one sheet of puff pastry and cut out a 15cm circle, place pastry round on a clean work surface, place a heaped tablespoon of filling in the centre of the pastry and join the two sides together to make a half moon shape, pinch the pastry together on the edges. Set aside on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Repeat with reing pastry and filling.
  4. Before baking, brush empanadas with a little egg, place in the oven and bake for 25 30 minutes or until golden and pastry is cooked through. Serve warm.