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Beef and Potato Hand Pies

These Easy Beef and Potato Hand Pies are made with canned biscuits, ground beef, diced potatoes and seasonings. A family favorite recipe!

A SIMPLE HANDHELD MEAL

These delicious little biscuit packets of meat are also known as Cornish pasties. They were a way to use up leftover meat and to be able to eat without forks or plates. It was a working mans lunch back in the day!

Beef and Potato Biscuit Hand Pies shown on a baking rack, one hand pie is open to show the ground beef inside.

TIPS FOR MAKING THIS RECIPE:

  • A bag of frozen biscuits can be used instead of the canned biscuits. Just make sure they are completely thawed first.
  • Use any shredded cheese you enjoy: cheddar, mozzarella and Colby jack are all good substitutions.
  • For a shortcut, I am using the frozen diced potatoes. I just let them thaw first or pop them in the microwave for a few minutes to thaw. You could also use canned diced potatoes. Just make sure you drain them.
  • If you want to use fresh potatoes, they need to be peeled, diced and parboiled first.
Beef and Potato Hand Pies recipe from The Country Cook, one hand pie split open to show cooked ground beef center.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • lean ground beef
  • onion
  • garlic
  • ground cumin
  • seasoning salt
  • smoked paprika
  • frozen diced potatoes
  • tomato paste
  • shredded pepper jack cheese
  • egg yolks
  • water
  • canned biscuits
canned biscuits, ground beef, chopped potatoes, diced onion, minced garlic cloves, tomato paste, ground cumin, seasoning salt, smoked paprika , pepper jack cheese.

HOW TO MAKE BEEF AND POTATO HAND PIES:

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large skillet, add beef and onions. Begin, cooking and crumbling ground beef over medium high for about 2-3 minutes.

ground beef and onion in a large skillet.

 

Stir in the garlic, cumin, seasoning salt, smoked paprika and diced potatoes and cook another 8-10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and potatoes are cooked through.

Adding in garlic, cumin, seasoning salt, smoked paprika, potatoes to the ground beef in a large skillet.

Then stir in tomato paste.

tomato paste added to ground beef mixture in large skillet.

Remove pan from heat and let cool for a few minutes. 

shredded pepper jack cheese added to skillet.

Once meat has cooled, add cheese and stir in.

cooked ground beef mixed with cheese and diced potatoes.

Mix egg yolks and 2 tablespoons water together for egg wash. On a floured surface, roll biscuit out into a large circle or oval shape. 

rolling out a refrigerated biscuit on a wooden cutting board with a rolling pin.

Fill with about 2 tablespoons meat mixture.

adding beef and potato mixture on top of rolled out biscuit.

Using a small brush or spoon, brush egg wash around edge of biscuit to help seal it. Fold biscuit over and press edges firmly together.  Use a fork to crimp edges. Brush egg wash over the top of biscuit and sprinkle with a little smoked paprika (optional.)

egg wash and paprika on folded biscuit meat pies on a wooden cutting board.

Place prepared pies on a baking sheet and bake for about for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Serve with ketchup, ranch dressing, gravy, or BBQ sauce.

fulled cooked meat handpies shown on a wooden board with sides of ketchup, ranch dressing and BBQ sauce.

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Beef and Potato Hand Pies

These Easy Beef and Potato Hand Pies are made with canned biscuits, ground beef, diced potatoes and seasonings. A family favorite recipe!
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 20

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika 
  • 1 ½ cups diced frozen potatoes, thawed (canned diced potatoes can be used, just drain them well)
  • 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 egg yolks (for egg wash)
  • 2 Tablespoons water (for egg wash)
  • 3 (16 ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits
  • ketchup, bbq sauce or ranch dressing, for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large skillet, add beef and onions. Begin, cooking and crumbling ground beef over medium high for about 2-3 minutes.  
  • Stir in the garlic, cumin, seasoning salt, smoked paprika and diced potatoes and cook another 8-10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and potatoes are cooked through.
  • Then stir in tomato paste.
  • Remove pan from heat and let cool for a few minutes. Once meat has cooled, add cheese and stir in.
  • Mix egg yolks and 2 tablespoons water together for egg wash. 
  • On a floured surface, roll biscuit out into a large circle or oval shape.  
  • Fill with about 2 tablespoons meat mixture.
  • Using a small pastry brush or spoon, brush egg wash around edge of biscuit to help seal it. Fold biscuit over and press edges firmly together. Use a fork to crimp edges.
  •  Brush egg wash over the top of biscuit and sprinkle with a little smoked paprika (optional) 
  • Place prepared pies on a baking sheet and bake for about for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
  • Serve with ketchup, ranch dressing, gravy, or bbq sauce.

Notes

  • A bag of frozen biscuits can be used instead of the canned biscuits. Just make sure they are completely thawed first.
  • Use any shredded cheese you enjoy: cheddar, mozzarella and Colby jack are all good substitutions.
  • For a shortcut, I am using the frozen diced potatoes. I just let them thaw first or pop them in the microwave for a few minutes to thaw. You could also use canned diced potatoes. Just make sure you drain them.
  • If you want to use fresh potatoes, they need to be peeled, diced and parboiled first.
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 301mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These were so good! Even my pickiest eater just asked me for seconds! I used homemade sourdough biscuits for the crusts but other than that followed to a T and they were perfect!

  2. Can these be frozen after cooking? It makes a lot. I know I can cut the recipe in half. Just would like to freeze if possible. That would be ideal.

  3. Looking forward to making these. I’m wondering if it matters what type of biscuits, do we want the flaky, homestyle, original, Hawaiian, I don’t know!

  4. 5 stars
    Made these last night and was a big hit with my husband. They were delicious and were easier that I thought they would be to make.
    Thank you for helping us get something different on the table.