I found a premade dough(Goya) in my freezer section because I haven't had luck with making hand pie dough. I once tried to make a Jamaican beef patty dough and the results were horrible.
For the filling I used half a pound of ground sirloin, one hard boiled egg, a packet of Knorr Sazon, 16 ounces of crushed tomatoes, and chopped pimento olives. I first cooked the meat until no longer pink. Then added the Sazon, then the can of tomatoes, then egg and olives. After all the ingredients have cooled I added them to the uncooked shell. Sealed them by pressing a fork down on the edge. Then fried the Empanadas in corn oil a minute each side and they turned out wonderfully. Though they probably can be baked. But I have not tried it to see what the texture of the shell would be. I served with a side of Spanish rice(from a box....gasp) and Guacamole. The hubby really enjoyed the meal.
I thought it was a good base. I will experiment with different fillings again.