These beef empanadas take me back to my childhood when I lived in Latin America, which is where I was introduced to these delicious filled turnovers. Empanadas are pastries that can be filled with meat, vegetables, cheese or even fruit. They are popular in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. I love filled pastries and dumplings of any kind: samosas, pierogis, empanadas, wontons…. This empanada recipe calls for ground beef. I sometimes make the filling a day ahead, to save time. I have also frozen (unbaked) beef empanadas and baked them directly from the freezer, with great results. On a busy weeknight, these beef empanadas and a side salad make for a satisfying meal. The original recipe for these beef empanadas use a home-made empanada dough. I always have the best intentions of making the dough from scratch, but just never seem to get around to it! Store-bought pie crust works just great for the pastry. Feel free to use your own homemade pie crust recipe but do give these empanadas a try.