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Empanada Beef Chili

While I lived in Mexico in the 1960s, a friend's mother gave me her grandmother's empanada recipe. I've made it over the years and passed it down to my grandchildren. To shed some carbs, I converted the recipe into a chili. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck steak, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons ground chipotle pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • Optional toppings: Shredded Mexican cheese blend, minced fresh cilantro and chopped walnuts


  • Toss beef with salt and pepper. In a Dutch oven, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium heat. Brown beef in batches; remove from pan.
  • Add onion and remaining oil to same pan; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomato paste, chipotle pepper and cinnamon; cook and stir 3 minutes. Stir in broth, green chiles, raisins and cilantro. Return beef to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 1 hour or until beef is tender.
  • Stir in beans and olives; cook, uncovered, 10 minutes. If desired, serve with toppings.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 373 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 957mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 6g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • Kaybee1
    Jan 14, 2020

    I thought this was excellent. I'm always looking for chili "tweaks". And for goodness sakes, Ilvaldez, it was clearly stated that the beef was originally made to be used in an empanada and was now made into a chili. Pay attention. Pretty sure you're the only one confused.

  • Donna
    May 5, 2019

    Not sure what the problem is with the name of this recipe? It clearly states that it was an original Empanada recipe converted to a Chili recipe. All you have to do is read the introduction.

  • llvaldez
    Dec 30, 2018

    I agree w/Carol. I'm looking for a beef empanada recipe, which is a beef turnover, usually w/latin spices, NOT a beef chili recipe. someone should remove the word "empanada" from the title. Very confusing.

  • Carol
    Apr 9, 2018

    I am not understanding the name at all. Empanadas are Latin American "dumplings." They are a type of turnover.