Easy Empanadas




Supermarket pizza dough has changed my life. Not only does it let me make fresh pizza on a whim with my daughter, but it also lets me throw together any number of savory dishes that call for a bread crust. This easy empanada recipe is essentially a calzone filled with Mexican ingredients. -- Lygeia Grace, Senior Food Editor, Real Simple

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Taco night is a sure thing. The little ones get to play "build a taco." Your husband gets the beef he'd prefer on a nightly basis. And you don't spend hours preparing fancy dishes no one likes anyway. How to get some variety while not straying too far from success? Stay with the Mexican theme, but try substituting easy empanadas. The melt-in-your-mouth goodness of these golden-crusted pockets will silence any grumbling come Taco Tuesday.

1 package refrigerated pizza dough (about 1 pound)
Flour for the work surface
1 16-ounce can refried beans
1 1-pint container fresh salsa
1 8-ounce package shredded Cheddar
Sour cream (optional)
2 tablespoons olive oil

Step 1: Roll

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions. Roll each into an 8-inch round on a lightly floured surface.

Step 2: Spread

On half of each round, spread some of the beans.

Step 3: Top

Top each with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the salsa

Step 4: Sprinkle

Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons of the cheese.

Step 5: Fold

Fold over the other half of each round, covering the filling, and press the curved edge with your thumb to seal.

Step 6: Brush

Spread 1 teaspoon of the oil on a baking sheet. Transfer the empanadas to the sheet and lightly brush the tops with the remaining oil.

Step 7: Bake, Serve

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, if desired.



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      29 Discussions


      2 years ago

      I was looking for EMPs... lol, EMPanadas :D


      8 years ago on Introduction

      i like empanadas with cheese and crabmeat, which is tasty


      8 years ago on Introduction

      In the international section of your grocery, you may be able to find empanada dough already rolled out and cut into perfect circles. Goya sells them in a package, 12 for about $1. They stay frozen for months, defrost overnight and you can make a dozen empanadas in about 15 minutes - no mess at all.


      9 years ago on Introduction

      "This easy empanada recipe is essentially a calzone filled with Mexican ingredients."

      To the contrary, I'd say a calzone is an Italian empanada. ;-)

      Clayton H.

      9 years ago on Introduction

      I made some very delicious desert fruit filled empanadas in a cooking class once. they were very good.


      9 years ago on Step 7

      I love empanadas! :D Im surely gonna try baking these ones thanks for the instructable =) 


      These are a huge hit at my house. I'm usually playing host to all sorts of events and usually do the cooking. Its my house, I don't phone for piazza. I have made these for the past few gatherings, piazza filling, green chile/ground beef, and taking one comment's advice, Black Forest Ham, Sharp Chedder, and Tart apples. That one was the crowd fevered! I also took a 9 inch pie crush and made a giant tazone (taco calzone) that was a bit unwieldy but good none the less. Thank you for the inspiration!


      Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

      Not only that, but these pictures are FANTASTIC!! I mean seriously, they should be in a cookbook!! and the exclamation points are most definitely required for both statements


      Just to point out the obvious, but this is a professional article that has been transfered from Realsimple.com to this site. Real Simple has a series for the site. The pictures look so awesome because it is a professional photo shoot.


      10 years ago on Introduction

      Where do you get the pizza dough at? Is it the mix where you have to add the liquid, or is it a pre-made thing? I am guessing with the frozen part, it is something that is pre-made.


      11 years ago on Introduction

      These look really great, maybe I can make it "My own" By adding a couple of secret ingredients.

      1 reply

      1) THOSE PICTURES ARE AMAZING. 2) Your bean spread looks like poopie. XD 3) Great instructable. Looks delicious. Mouth watering.

      flower child

      11 years ago on Step 7

      Cant wait to try you could use so many different fillings Thank You