Portuguese Beef Empadão (Portuguese Pot Pie)

Beef Empadão (Portuguese Pot Pie) on a White plate with beef, cauliflower rice, onion, and spinach | The Radiant Root

This recipe was inspired by my best friend Ines. We had gone over to her house one weekend and she had made this awesome dish that was what I would equate to a Portuguese pot pie. In Portuguese, it is called Empadão.

It is a traditional Portugal dish (also popular in Brazil) filled with beef, chicken, tuna, cod, or shellfish between layers of mashed potato, rice, bread, or wheat flour. It also said that beef and rice were the most popular combination in the Portuguese tradition but when Ines prepared it she used potatoes instead.

It sometimes has tomatoes, mushrooms, green corn, peas, and curd. The one she prepared did not have those ingredients but was just as tasty. Wanting to add a little bit more veggies to this recipe I swapped mashed cauliflower for potatoes and added spinach for a double dose of veggies. This recipe is great for a dinner party or if you’re not sure what to make and just want an easy meal to throw together.

I was quite pleased with how it came out and I hope you like it too. Try it tonight!

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Beef Empadão (Portuguese Pot Pie) on a White plate with beef, cauliflower rice, onion, and spinach | The Radiant Root

Portuguese Beef Empadão (Portuguese Pot Pie)

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A Portuguese pot pie with cauliflower rice inspired by my friend Ines
Course dinner, entree, vegetable
Cuisine AIP, dairy-free, gluten-free, no added sugar, pot pie
Keyword baked vegetables, comfort food, meat and veggies
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Servings 12
Calories 104


  • 1 lb chopped grass fed beef
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 medium onion peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 medium egg
  • 6 cup cauliflower rice
  • 2 cup fresh spinach


  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahreheit.
  • In a large bowl mix the beef with the egg, onion, Italian, cumin, and black pepper.
  • Place the a layer of meat in the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Top the meat with a layer of greens. Then top with caulflower rice.
  • Repeat with meat, greens, and rice until the pan is filled so the top layer is cauliflower rice.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 45 minutes then serve.

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