Minced Beef Filling - Recipe & Video

Minced Beef Filling - Pick your favorite of four choices to stuff your Empanadas, Pastelitos, and Pastelones with this juicy, tasty filling.
Course Party
Cuisine Dominican, Latino
Keyword beef empanada filling, beef pastelon filling, Minced beef filling, rellenos res recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 416kcal
Author Clara Gonzalez


  • 2 TBP olive oil [20g]
  • 1 red onion (medium-size, minced [65 g]
  • 3 cloves garlic [20g]
  • 1 lb minced beef [454g]
  • 1 cup tomato sauce [115g]
  • 1 bell pepper (diced [76g]
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt (or more, to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 sprig cilantro (chopped)

Optional additions (pick one)

  • 1/3 cup raisins [35g]
  • 1/2 cup fritos maduros (diced)
  • 1/2 cup diced boiled potatoes


  • Heat oil over medium-low heat. Stir in onion and cook and stir until it turns translucent. Add garlic and cook stirring for a minute.
    Add minced meat and cook and stir, breaking into small clumps until it browns. 
  • Pour in tomato sauce, add bell pepper, salt, and pepper. Stir and cover. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Uncover and mix in the optional ingredient of your choice, or none at all if you so prefer. Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste if needed. Remove from the heat. 





Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 3017mg | Potassium: 723mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1440IU | Vitamin C: 48.4mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3.2mg