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Spicy Black Bean Empanadas Recipe

Spicy Black Bean Empanadas

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"Spiced black beans, ground pork and vegetables are wrapped in flaky puff pastry before baking to a golden brown."

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Original recipe makes 40 empanadas Change Servings
  • PREP

    1 hr
  • COOK

    18 mins

    1 hr 18 mins


  1. Thaw the pastry sheets at room temperature for 40 minutes or until they're easy to handle. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with vegetable cooking spray. Stir the egg and water with a fork in a small bowl.
  2. Cook the pork in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until the pork is well browned, stirring frequently to break up meat. Add the diced red pepper, green onions and garlic. Cook until tender. Stir the tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder and crushed red pepper into the skillet. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 8 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the cheese, 1 cup of the beans and cilantro. Let cool.
  3. Unfold 1 pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll to a 16x12-inch rectangle. Cut into 10 (2 1/2-inch) rounds. Top half of each round with 1 teaspoon cheese mixture. Brush edges of pastry with water. Fold over and press the edges with a fork to seal. Place the empanadas on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pastry and cheese mixture. Brush with the egg mixture.
  4. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden. Serve with sour cream, guacamole and remaining beans.
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  • TIPS
  • Easy Substitution Tip: Use ground turkey instead of the pork. Add 1 teaspoon vegetable oil to the skillet while browning the turkey.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare empanadas through step 3. Freeze until firm. Wrap in resealable plastic bag. Bake as directed.

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 18, 2008

In a pinch for a potluck, able to throw this together - used veggie meat (Morningstar breakfast patties) instead, and even layed pastry dough out flat on bottom and another layer on top of filling, pre-cut and baked! Very Yummy! Always have pastry dough handy in freezer :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 27, 2012

It was ok. I've had better empanadas. I think I'm just not THAT into black beans.

Dec 08, 2011

This was great. I read that a lot of reviewers had to increase the seasonings so i went ahead and used chorizo instead of plain sausage... there was no need to even think about messing with the seasonings. My husband loved it along with salsa!

Apr 13, 2009

really, really good! and very easy to make. I only used half of the recipe though, as it was served as one of several appetizers for a party of 20.

Jul 22, 2011

Very tasty. I omitted the pork and added corn and kidney beans to the black beans. Also used pepperjack cheese and used salsa instead of tomato sauce. I had no problems with the puff pastry, just don't let it get too soft. Made 8 medium sized empanadas. Froze the leftovers. Will definitely make again!

Dec 28, 2011

I made these as part of a Halloween feast that was zombie themed. (they were made into "intestines", gross!) But despite their intentional gross appearance, they were a delicious hit that didn't last long! I've made them several times since then in a more conventional shape ;)

Sep 14, 2011

Fantastic recipe, we will make this often! My suggestion, double the recipe and freeze the extra for awesome easy meals later! Only modifications were using of ground beef instead of pork and increasing the cumin, chili powder and crushed pepper by about 50%. We also made our own dough; had more filling than dough so should have increased dough recipe by about 50% as well (recipe had 2.25 cups flour, so we should have increased to around 3.25).

Mar 10, 2011

Really good and easy to make. I did make some changes, starting with making 1/2 the recipe since I didn't need the full amount. I'm vegetarian so I left out the pork and used a full can of black beans instead. I had already starting making this when I realized that i didn't have tomato sauce so I used salsa instead, and it added fantastic flavor. I really enjoyed this recipe, I ate it as a meal by adding a salad with margarita dressing (from this site) but I know these would make great appetizers for a party. Thank you for the recipe!


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