Cheese Empanadas

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Servings: 10-12
Cooking Time: 1/2 hour to 1 hour for dough

Tip: You can purchase pre-made empanada discs or pizza dough to make the discs. They need to be the size of a least a CD or DVD.

Tip: If you choose to bake, brush empanadas with egg wash and bake until golden (20-30 min) @ 350 degrees

Tip: To make pastelitos use 2 discs. Instead of bending one disc, use one for the bottom and one for the top. Brush egg wash or water and secure tightly pressing with a fork all around the edges

4 cups of pre-sifted flour
2 eggs
½ teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoon of baking powder
½ cup of melted butter
½ cup of water
1 lb of pound of mozzarella cheese, cut in small square


In a mixing bowl, pour flour. Make a hole in the center and pour the eggs, salt, baking powder and butter. Blend well. Add water in small quantity, occasionally to make a ball

Make 2 inches balls, wrap it in plastic and place in refrigerator for ½ to 1 hour

Flatten the ball into a disc the size of a CD or DVD with a dough roller. Make sure you dust the surface with flour to prevent sticking. Set aside

Stuff each disc with a cheese

Brush edges with water, milk or egg wash and bend. Press tightly with a fork

Deep fry until golden about 2-4 minutes each side and serve warm

Serve warm with avocado dip or sour cream