Carnitas Empanadas

Carnitas Empanadas

Posted by LeAnn Kurtz on


Slow cooker Carnitas (about 2-3 cups, shredded)

2 cups shredded cheddar or combo cheddar and jack cheese

1/2 onion, finely chopped 

2 hot chili peppers of your choice (jalapenos are good!)

1 cup cooked white or brown rice

2 packages refrigerated pie dough (4 rounds)

1 cup of salsa verde


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper, set aside.
  2. Roughly chop or shred carnitas, add to a large bowl.
  3. Sautee onions and chilis, add to bowl.
  4. Mix in rice, cheese and salsa, stir to combine. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl whisk egg with 1 tablespoon water, set aside.
  6. Roll pie crust out on a lightly floured surface. Use a 4 inch biscuit cutter or bottom of a glass to cut 5-6 dough rounds. Evenly space dough on baking trays. Repeat with remaining pie crusts.
  7. Spoon desired amount of filling onto a round. Brush edge with egg wash. Fold round in half over filling, pinch edges to seal.
  8. Repeat with remaining dough rounds. Brush with egg wash.
  9. Bake 12-14 minutes until golden brown.
  10. Makes roughly 20 empanadas


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