Adorable Valentine’s Day Heart Empanadas (Pastelillos) Recipe!


Hey All!

You all know how much I love Empanadas (Or as we Puerto Ricans and Cubans like to call them Pastelillos) right? I made an easier and healthier recipe for these that was baked as opposed to fried that you can find HERE if you don’t remember. Well I decided to take that recipe to a whole new level for Valentine’s Day with these Heart Shaped Empanadas (Pastelillos)! How amazing are they! Too darn cute! You simply follow the same recipe, but I’ll share it below.


I made mine with meat of course.

Adorable Valentine's Day Heart Empanadas (Pastelillos) Recipe!
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Cuisine: Hispanic
Serves: 12
  • 1 Pound of Ground Beef
  • 1 Box of Pepperidge farms puff pastry sheets
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Pinch of Salt
  • 1 tsp of Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 20 Olives diced
  • 1 package of Sazon
  • 1 Heart shaped cookie cutter
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. First cook your ground beef seasoning it with the salt, garlic powder, oregano, pepper, and Sazon packet.
  3. Mix in your olives into the ground beef as it's cooking.
  4. Do not cook meat completely as it will cook completely when it's baking.
  5. Roll out your pepperidge farms puff pastry sheets. Let them thaw for about 15 minutes. Cut them into three slices. Make sure they aren't still frozen as you cut.
  6. Stretch out the dough sides of your strips so they are wide enough for your cookie cutter.
  7. Cut Out Your Heart Shapes from the dough.
  8. Make sure to cut even amounts so you have a top and a bottom.
  9. Place chop meat on the bottom half of the dough.
  10. Place a dough heart on top of the cooked ground beef. I make sure each amount of meat I pour onto the dough hearts has olives with it.
  11. Seal the edges of the heart empanadas with a fork.
  12. Beat your 2 eggs and glaze each heart with the egg.
  13. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until dough has risen and the hearts are golden brown.
  14. Serve and Enjoy for Valentine's Day!
Here are some visuals for the recipe above. You first cut out your hearts from the pepperidge farms puff pastry sheets.


Place the ground beef on one side and the heart dough on top.


Seal the edges with a fork. Make sure to flip it over so you seal both sides well.


Bake and serve!!!


These are definitely awesome for Valentine’s Day dinners.


Empanadas are a great starter for any meal.


Serve on some cute Valentine’s Day themed plates before your Valentine’s Day dinners, if you’re celebrating at home with your special someone.


I hope you enjoy these for Valentine’s Day as much as we will! They are festive and very easy to make. Let’s not forget how amazing they taste.


If you’re not a meat eater you can make these with Guava paste inside instead for a sweet treat and leave off the glaze if you also don’t eat eggs. You can maybe use honey instead. Yum!

For more fun Valentine’s Day recipes, DIYs, and ideas check out all my Valentine’s Day Posts Here!