These chicken and black bean empanadas make a great little baked appetizer to dip. A great way to used up leftover chicken or turkey, and they freeze well either before or after baking! Serve with salsa, sour cream, and/or guacamole, if desired.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 15 mins
1 hr
40 empanadas


Original recipe yields 40 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Pastry Crust:


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease 3 or 4 baking sheets.

  • Combine black beans, chicken, Mexican cheese, salsa, cumin, and hot sauce together in the bowl of a food processor; process until combined.

  • Stir flour and salt together in a bowl. Cut in pepper Jack cheese and shortening until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Add milk and 1 beaten egg; stir until well mixed.

  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently, 10 to 15 strokes. Divide dough in half; keep remaining half wrapped in plastic wrap until you are ready for it.

  • Roll 1/2 of the pastry dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut using a 3-inch round cutter. Re-roll scraps and repeat until dough is used up. Repeat with remaining dough.

  • Place 1 rounded teaspoon of filling in the center of each dough circle. Moisten edges with some water and fold in half. Seal edges with a fork. Prick the top of each empanada several times. Place onto the prepared baking sheets.

  • Stir remaining egg and 1 tablespoon water together in a small bowl. Brush over each empanada.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until brown, 15 to 18 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can use finely chopped cooked turkey instead of chicken, regular shredded Cheddar cheese instead of Mexican blend, and green salsa instead of red, if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

101 calories; protein 3.3g; carbohydrates 8.5g; fat 6g; cholesterol 14.9mg; sodium 83.9mg. Full Nutrition