Sweet and Savory Beef Empanadas

These empanadas have apples and raisins in seasoned ground beef filling to make an extra special dish.

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1 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup yellow onion(s), chopped
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 Serrano chili, finely chopped
1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained well
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablepoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
2 cups DOLE® Chef-Ready Cuts Diced Apples
1/2 cup DOLE Seedless Raisins
2 pkg. (5-inch) frozen empanada shells


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.  Spray two baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Heat large skillet over medium heat and sauté ground beef for 5 minutes, stir in onions, garlic, Serrano chiles and cook for 5 minutes more.  Stir in tomatoes, parsley, cilantro, cumin and continue cooking another 5 to 7 minutes, or until ground beef is no longer pink.  Finally, add apples and raisins and heat through.  Allow mixture to cool slightly before assembling empanadas.
  3. Assemble empanadas by filling each shell with 1-1/2 tablespoons of beef mixture.  Moisten half the dough’s edge with water and fold in half to create a half-circle shape.  Press edges with a fork to seal.  Pierce tops with a fork to vent.
  4. Place empanadas on prepared baking sheet.  Brush tops of empanadas with egg wash.  Bake 20 minutes or until browned.  Cool and serve.
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