Pizza Empanadas Recipe

Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski | Kitchen Gidget

There’s nothing traditional about these pizza empanadas, but they’re a fun combination of Italian and Hispanic cuisine! Empanada dough is filled with mozzarella, pepperoni and pizza sauce, then fried until hot and golden.

We love empanadas around here and not just as appetizers. We can make a whole meal out of them (and often do!). One of our favorite types are called pastelillos (Puerto Rican picadillo empanadas). These are classic meat pies, but sometimes we like to mix it up with these pizza empanadas.

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My husband adores these. They have such a crispy crust and so much gooey cheese. You can fill them with whatever pizza toppings you like, but we always choose cheese and pepperoni.

For the dough, you’ll need to purchase empanada discs from the frozen section of the grocery store. They also carry them at Hispanic supermarkets. If you can’t find them in your area, you can make your own homemade empanada dough.

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Start by placing a teaspoon of pizza sauce down the center of the empanada round. You don’t want too much sauce or they’ll get soggy as they cook. I like to serve these with extra pizza sauce for dipping after they’ve been fried.

Next, add your desired pizza toppings. Of course, you must have mozzarella cheese! I like to use fresh whole milk mozzarella. It’s extra melty. You can shred it or thinly slice it. String cheese also works if you have that on hand!

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The remaining fillings are up to you. Pepperoni is always our filling of choice, but you could also use ham, bacon, peppers, mushrooms or pineapple. Just be sure any meat you use is already fully cooked.

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These empanadas then get a quick dip in frying oil on each side, just until the dough is crispy golden and the cheese is nice and gooey.

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Pizza Empanadas Recipe

    10 Servings


  • 10 Empanadas Dough Discs
  • 1/4 cup Pizza Sauce, plus more for dipping
  • 8 ounces Mozzarella Cheese, shredded or thinly sliced
  • 2 ounces Mini Pepperoni


  1. On one empanada round, spread 1 teaspoon of pizza sauce down the center. Top with about 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese (or 2 thin slices), and 1 tablespoon of pepperoni.
  2. Fold over dough in half and press edges to seal. Crimp edges with a fork. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  3. To cook, heat 1/2 inch of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add empanadas to pan, but do not over-crowd. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip empanada and cook for another 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Continue process until all the empanadas have been fried. Serve with extra pizza sauce, for dipping.



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Author: Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski
Recipe Yields: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 75
Calories 218

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g
  Saturated Fat 3g
Sodium 271mg
Total Carbohydrate 23g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 10g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski

About Rebekah

Rebekah is the blogger behind Kitchen Gidget, an all-encompassing food blog dedicated to her Midwestern roots and Hispanic heritage. She adores cheese (who doesn't?!), so we asked her to be our Cheese fanatic. Time to get excited!

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