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Quick And Simple Pizza Empanadas

Updated on April 6, 2013

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Pizza Empanadas

Pizza empanadas are delicious and ridiculously easy to make. This is a very kid-friendly recipe, and it cooks quickly. Your kids will love helping, plus they taste better than a slice of pizza!

Please note: Pre-made empanada dough discs come with 10 in a pack. You can expect each person to eat at least 3 empanadas each, so calculate accordingly. Happy cooking!

Cook Time

Prep time: 8 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 13 min
Yields: 1 serving: 3 empanadas


  • Empanada dough discs, (Available pre-packaged at supermarket)
  • Package of shredded cheese, (Mexican or 4-cheese variety)
  • Traditional pasta sauce
  • Pepperoni slices
  • Peanut oil, (smokes less at high heat)

Cooking pizza empanadas

  1. Before you begin, add about 1 to 1/2 cups of oil to a medium sized skillet (you may need more or less depending on size of skillet). You will want the oil at 360 degrees to fry the empanadas (if it's hot enough, a drop of water should sizzle when it hits it.).
  2. Begin by spreading a dollop of pizza sauce around the empanada, avoiding the edges.
  3. Sprinkle a LINE of cheese in the middle of the empanada. Make sure it is not a pile or it will take up too much space. You don't need much.
  4. Place two or three pepperoni slices in the middle, on top of the cheese. For easier sealing, you could tear the slices up into smaller pieces, but this isn't necessary.
  5. Fold one side of the empanada over the ingredients and touch it to the other, like you would fold a taco. Press the edges together with your fingers.
  6. Take a fork, and using just the end of the tines, firmly press the dough edges together. Ensure it is properly closed, otherwise you will lose your filling in the oil.
  7. Fry empanadas in oil for 1-2 minutes per side. They will be golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve.


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