I’ve made these simple pumpkin empanadas the past couple of years on Halloween for my kids, I think it is our new tradition! They are super simple to throw together, not to mention a fun, EASY way to get them to eat something half-way decent before they go trick or treating and have a candy overload!
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- Approx. 2 cups of cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 packages of 8 refrigerated biscuit dough (I used Pillsbury Grands)
- Ketchup, salt & pepper- to taste
- 1 egg
- Red & green food coloring
*If you have your own recipe for the meat filling, by all means, use it! I have a family favorite that is more authentic to the Latin taste, but this is just an easy, quick alternative!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil or spray with non-stick spray.
Brown your ground beef over the stove. Rinse and drain. Add your diced onion and continue cooking until translucent. Remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl to let is start to cool down. Add ketchup, salt & pepper to your liking.
*If you add the meat mixture to the biscuit dough while too hot, the biscuits will start to melt and become a sticky mess, so let it cool for bit to avoid this.
Press down on each biscuit with your hands, making them bigger and flatter.
Spoon the beef mixture into the center of one biscuit, leaving a space around the entire edge, then sprinkle with some cheese.
Place another flattened biscuit over the meat-topped one and using a fork, press and seal the edges.
Pinch a small portion of the dough and stretch outward just a bit to form the stem of your pumpkin.
Add 1 drop of red food coloring into a small bowl with the egg and mix well to turn the egg wash orange.
Brush the orange egg wash over the entire face of the pumpkin. Add some green food coloring to a paper towel and dab the stem to turn them green.
*Note, these pumpkins may not look that orange when you brush them with the egg mixture, but don’t worry- they get darker when they bake!
Using a steak knife, cut a face into each pumpkin.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until heated through and the biscuits aren’t doughy.
And that’s it!