Pastelillos (Empanadas)

3 reviews, 4.7 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

Delicious cheesy beef pastelillos with green olives.


1 lb ground beef; brown in pan, drain grease
1 packet Goya Sazón with Coriander and Annatto
3 tbsp Goya Sofrito
2 tsp Adobo
1 oz shredded cheese (taco blend works well)
1 tsp black pepper
20 spanish olives; dice and add to beef, mix in, and remove from heat
1 pack Goya Discos
1 cup water
1 tbsp olive oil

Original recipe makes 8 Servings



Cook beef on medium heat in medium sized pan until brown. Drain grease and discard.

Add Sazón packet, Sofrito, Adobo, and black pepper. (Optionally add 1/4 cup water and cook until evaporated. This helps mix in the spices a bit) and mix together well.

Add cheese and mix until melted. Mix in diced olives and remove from heat.

To assemble the pastelillos, separate one disco at a time (or do it assembly line for fun). Dip fingers in the cup of water, and wet the outer ring of the dough circle. Fill with a good amount bit of the beef mixture. Fold over the disco evenly and press firmly with fingers to seal. Press with a fork around the edge to help seal.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees about halfway through.

Set on a sprayed (foiled and sprayed works fine for easy cleanup) cookie sheet until all are built.

Lightly brush the tops of the pastelillos with olive oil, and bake for 15-25 minutes or until tops firm up.

Most recipes will fry these in oil, but I find them to be tasty and healthier baked.


Defrost the discos completely before starting. Putting in the olives too soon can make them too salty.

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We made this for dinner. It was very good. Many fry them but the baked in the oven turned out very well. When browning meat we added chopped onions and garlic. We also added more cheese to the mixture. While baking we chopped fresh cilantro, garlic and red onion. added a little vinegar and evoo. used this as a little garnish. Delish!
Dnewallo 3y ago

They r awesome, but we omit the olives!! They are a hit anytime i make them or bring them somewhere!! Luv themmmm
Clukas26 4y ago

I just made these tonight and had to share the recipe. I ate 4 and came back for more later! My 3 year old loved making and eating them!!
ddatti 4y ago

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