Making Pizza Dough Empanadas

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Make easy empanadas by using ready made pizza dough from the grocery store. This is a page about making pizza dough empanadas.


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Craving meat and cheese empanadas the other day, with no time or ingredients to make my own dough, I grabbed some ready made pizza dough. With leftover chicken, I made these in the toaster oven. So good!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12 empanadas


  • 1 lb pizza dough (I used Rhodes, they come in preformed mini balls)
  • 2 cups chicken, cooked & chopped
  • 1 small hot pepper
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp garlic salt
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • flour for dusting
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp water


  1. Preheat oven to 400F Cover dough with plastic while making filling. Chop onion, tomato and pepper.
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  3. Add oil to pan and heat to medium high heat. Cook onion, tomato and pepper until softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add garlic salt, cumin, chili powder, and oregano.
  5. Add cooked chicken and cilantro. Cook for a couple minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. Lightly flour work surface and roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
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  8. Take a 5 or 6 inch round cookie cutter, glass or bowl, and cut the dough into circles.
  9. Flatten the disks gently with rolling pin.
  10. Sprinkle each disc with cheese and 2 Tbsp of the filling.
  11. Fold dough over in half to enclose filling.
  12. Seal the edges with a fork. Repeat on the rest of the empanadas.
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  14. In a small bowl, mix together egg yolk and 1 tsp water to make an egg wash.
  15. Transfer empanadas to a baking sheet and brush the top sides with egg wash.
  16. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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