Beef Empanada Crescent Roll Dinner

Beef Empanada Crescent Roll Dinner

You might be thinking, how do I cut out calories when I’m starting with fluffy crescent rolls as my base? The options are pretty easy here, and you’ll find, mighty delicious. Fill your classic Mexican-inspired dinner recipe with ground beef (or ground turkey) and layer further with crisp, crunchy veggies for a savory dinner that satisfies.


  • 1lb of lean ground beef (at least 80%)
  • 1/2 red onion
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 can of refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 1 egg
  • Assorted veggies of choice, cleaned and chopped


  1. Spray 10 in skillet with cooking spray then place on the stove at medium-high heat
  2. Add ground beef, onion, salt and pepper into the skillet
  3. Cook until beef is browned then drain excess liquid
  4. Reduce heat to low and stir in cumin, chili powder and tomato sauce
  5. Cook for 5-6 minutes
  6. Unroll dough into 1 large rectangle
  7. Press edges to seal
  8. Using a 4 inch round cutter, cut out 8 rounds of dough
  9. Place 2 tbsp. of beef filling onto each dough round
  10. Separate egg
  11. Beat egg yolk and egg whites in two separate bowls
  12. Using a pastry brush or your fingers, brush beaten egg whites on the edge of dough rounds
  13. Fold dough to cover beef filling and press edges together
  14. Lightly brush tops of empanadas with beaten egg yolk
  15. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown
  16. Garnish with favorite veggies
  17. Serve warm and enjoy!

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