Recipe Box, Cookie Cutter Creations & a Spooky Empanada

Tacos are a favorite standby at my house, and often there’s a little meat leftover but not enough for another meal

taco empanadas

Empanadas are a perfect way to use up a little of this and a little of that, I like to make them small for easy eating

taco empanada collage

You can also make them into ghostly shapes

ghost empanada 1

and give them a “sour cream sheet” and some black peppercorn “eyes”

ghost empanada

Very Spooky!  👻


Taco Mini Empanadas

Use cookie cutters to make empanadas fit a theme or holiday
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Tex-Mex
Servings 8 empanadas


  • 1 cup prepared taco meat {ground beef or sausage seasoned for tacos}
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust dough round
  • 2 oz cheddar cheese optional
  • 1 egg beaten, optional


  • Cut dough into 3 inch rounds using a glass, biscuit cutter or into shapes with a cookie cutter
  • Spoon about 2 T taco meat on dough round, top with cheese if desired, and carefully fold edges together in a taco shape.
  • Pinch edges to seal and place on a board. Finish edges with fork tines. If dough tears, “patch” it with remaining scraps.
  • Brush with beaten egg if desired. Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes or until dough is golden. Makes 8 mini empanadas


for ghost: Spread sour cream over cooked ghost empanadas and add black peppercorn eyes
Keyword empandas, ghost empanadas, Halloween, party food, taco empanadas

Here are some other fun shaped things to make, like these Parmesan Camera Cookies

Parmesan cameras

Pistachio Pigs

pistachio pigs

High Heel Cheese Cookies

high heel cheese straws

Cheesy Pumpkins

Everything cheese turkey

Everything Turkeys

thanksgiving place setting

Pilgrim Hats


Goldfish Toasts are an impressive impromptu nibble


Parmesan Stars

cheese straw stars

Rosemary Pine Nut Sables would be great baked in holiday shapes

rosemary sables

And here’s another tasty empanada recipe Hawaiian Pizza Empanadas

Hawaiian pizza empanadas

Happy Snacking!


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11 Responses to “Recipe Box, Cookie Cutter Creations & a Spooky Empanada”
  1. Mary says:

    Your little “boo” empanada is so cute Jenna, especially with his sour cream “sheet”! I know he must have been scary good too. Fun idea for the kids for Halloween and to use up left over taco meat 🙂

  2. Lynn says:

    No doubt a big hit with the kids-fun:@)

  3. Rosie M. says:

    You are so creative, Jenna, and you have the cutest ideas! Thanks for sharing all of these! Those goldfish toasts will be first on my list to try. Yum!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  4. Judy Pimperl says:

    The ghost empanada is too cute! I love the way you blend art and cooking to make it fun.

  5. Your empanadas are really cute!

  6. Kitty says:

    What a cute idea to use leftover taco meat and make some ghostly empanadas. You’re so creative, Jenna, not just with your art work, but in the kitchen, too. Thanks for the easy, seasonal, savory treat!

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