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Here is a great Latin American appetizer to make at home. Quick and easy puff pastry filled with spicy beef or pastelitos de carne are fun to make! First cook your ground beef and let it cool. Cut your pastry, fill with beef, brush with egg wash, crimp and bake. So good! | ethnicspoon.com
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Spicy Beef Puff Pastries - Pastelitos de carne

Flaky, soft, spicy and delicious. You will love these spicy beef  puff pastries - pastelitos de carne. They can be made ahead and frozen prior to baking. Enjoy any time of day. Perfect for breakfast with a cup of coffee or as a mid afternoon snack.

Course Main Dish/Snack
Cuisine Latin American
Keyword baking, empanada, filled dough, savory pastry, turnover
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 12
Calories 283 kcal



  1. Preheat oven to 400'F.

  2. In a non-stick skillet heat oil on medium. Sauté onions, and garlic until translucent.

  3. Stir in the meat and break down into small pieces. Sprinkle in salt, cayenne, chili powder, cumin, and nutmeg.

  4. Continue to cook until meat is thoroughly cooked. Stir in the tomato paste and blend well. 

  5. Finally stir in the cilantro. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature.

To assemble puff pastry appetizers:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place puff pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface. Using a 3" biscuit cutter cut circles. You will end up with 9 circles per sheet.

  3. Place a heaping teaspoon of meat in the center of 9 of the circles. Using a pastry brush , brush egg wash around the perimeter of each circle.

  4. Place the empty round on top, and using the tines of a fork press the edges firmly together.

  5. Brush top with egg wash, and bake for about 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Beef Puff Pastries - Pastelitos de carne
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 205mg9%
Potassium 102mg3%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.