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Spicy Black Bean Empanadas

Spicy Black Bean Empanadas

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Gather the ingredients for the tasty empanadas and either bake right away or freeze to bake later. You will love having these appetizers on hand for any occasion.

serves 40 pieces


cost per recipe: $20.84

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  • 2

    packages (17.3 ounces each ) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets(4 sheets), thawed

  • 1


  • 1

    tablespoon water

  • 1/2

    pound ground pork

  • 1

    small red bell pepper, diced (about 2/3 cup)

  • 4

    medium green onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)

  • 1

    clove garlic, minced

  • 1/2

    cup tomato sauce

  • 1

    teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1

    teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/8

    teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 1/2

    cups shredded Cheddar cheese(about 6 ounces)

  • 1

    can (about 15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1/4

    cup chopped fresh cilantroleaves

  • 1

    cup sour cream

  • 1

    cup guacamole

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How to Make It

Step 1

Heat the oven to 375°F.  Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork or whisk.

Step 2

Cook the pork in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until it's well browned, stirring often to separate meat.  Stir in the diced red pepper, onions and garlic and cook until tender. Stir in the tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder and crushed red pepper.  Reduce the heat to low.  Cook for 5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat.  Stir in the cheese, 1 cup beans and the cilantro.  Let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Step 3

Unfold 1 pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface.  Roll the pastry sheet into a 16 x 12-inch rectangle. Cut into 10 (2 1/2-inch) circles.  Repeat with the remaining pastry sheets, making 40 in all.

Step 4

Spoon 1 teaspoon pork mixture on half of each pastry circle.  Brush the edges of the pastry with water.  Fold the pastry over the filling and crimp with a fork to seal.  Place the filled pastries onto baking sheets.  Brush the pastries with the egg mixture.

Step 5

Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Remove the pastries from the baking sheets and let cool on wire racks for 10 minutes.  Serve the pastries with the sour cream, guacamole and remaining beans.

Recipe Tips

  • Easy Substitution Tip: Use ground turkey instead of the pork. Add 1 teaspoon vegetable oil to the skillet while browning the turkey.
  • Tip: To make ahead, place the unbaked empañadas onto a baking sheet.  Cover and freeze until firm.  Remove the frozen empañadas from the baking sheet and store in a gallon size resealable plastic bag in the freezer for up to 1 month.  Bake the frozen empañadas as directed above.

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(17.3 ounces  each ) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets(4 sheets), thawed

(17.3 ounces each ) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets(4 sheets), thawed

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Ratings & Reviews

  • silvergirl227

    January 4, 2012

    Spicy Black Bean Empanadas

    I've made these twice, they're delicious. My wife bailed me out the first time by rolling out the Puff Pastry, my experience is quite limited in this dept. The family's enjoyed these empanadas, they'll be a regular on the monthly menu by popular demand. As you can glean from the other comments, the filling is whatever you want to make it. I can see adding a little bit of corn sometime. I have always enjoyed empanadas, I can recall eating meat empanadas as a child, had wanted a good recipe to make them. This is it.

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  • maribeth a.

    February 18, 2011

    Spicy Black Bean Empanadas

    I made this for my sons 3rd bday Party ... I made 100 small ones and they were gone within a half hour my family attacked them .... I have since made bigger ones for dinner and love them ... super easy to make a added SAZON to the mix and I used hamburger instead of pork and I've used chicken as well ... love these!!!!!

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  • nelida a.

    September 22, 2009

    Spicy Black Bean Empanadas

    I had found another empanada recipe that called for pie crust, but I couldn't find exactly what I needed so I used Puff Pastry instead. It was also the first time I had ever worked with Puff Pastry. My filling consisted of shredded beef, green chiles and salsa with a little bit of cheese. Used the baking time and temp instructions from this recipe and they were the hit of my football Sunday spread! Even reheated they're wonderful! I will start buying Puff Pastry every time I go to the grocery store! Can't wait to try more recipes from here!

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  • dbeverly

    February 10, 2008

    Spicy Black Bean Empanadas

    YUMMY! Everyone loved them.

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  • wrguiot

    April 20, 2007

    Spicy Black Bean Empanadas

    These tasty little bites get better as they sit. The spices seem to intensify as time goes by. Make ahead and refrigerate (sealed).

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