Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays filled with tons of drinking and eating. If you plan on going to a party and need something to bring, these empanadas are perfect. These “two-bite” appetizer sized empanadas are filled with spicy, smoky, chipotle chicken. You will taste a bit of heat from the jalapenos and chilies but the creamy avocado dip it’s paired with really helps balance it out. — Pretty in Pistachio blog

chicken chipotle empanada recipe

x Makes 20 x

Ingredients for Empanadas:

2 tbls olive oil

1 small yellow onion

diced 2 cloves garlic

minced 1 jalapeno seeds removed and diced

1 tbls brown sugar

1 tsp paprika

1 ½ cups shredded cooked rotisserie chicken

2 chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, diced

2 tbs adobo sauce

1tsp salt

1 tsp ground black pepper

3 oz. shredded pepper jac

k ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 package Pilsbury piecrust

1 egg

1 tbls water

ingredients for empanadas

Ingredients for Avocado Dip:

 1 medium sized avocado

½ lime, both juice and zest

½ cup sour cream

Special Tools:

3.5” circular cookie cutter


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

stuffed empanadas

Place olive oil in a large skillet and heat over medium to high heat. Add in onion and garlic and cook until the onion start to become translucent (3-4 minutes). Add in jalapeno and cook for an addition 1 minute. Stir in brown sugar and paprika. Add in chicken, chipotle peppers, and adobo sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Once the mixture has cooled, mix in cheese and cilantro.

pilsbury crust

On a clean surface, roll out the two pie crusts from the Pilsbury piecrust package. Use your circular cookie cutter to cut out about 20 circles. Create an egg wash by beating the egg with 1 tbls water in a small bowl. Lightly brush egg wash along the bottom edge of each circle. Fill the middle of each circle with 1 tsp of the filling.

empanada egg wash

Fold the circle in half and pinch the edge together to seal the empanada shut. You can either push the edge down with a fork to make sure the edge is completely sealed or if you want to get the pretty “twisted” effect, there is a short video on youtube that shows you how to:


How To Form Empanadas

Once the empanada is filled, take a knife and pierce three slits on the top. This will help some of the steam escape so that the filling does not burst the empanada open.

stuffed empanada recipe

Once you have sealed all of your empanadas, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat and brush each empanada with egg wash. Place in oven and bake for 12-13 minutes or until the crust is a golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly on a wire rack.

cheesy empanadas

To make the avocado dipping sauce, cut open the avocado and remove the pit. Peel off the skin and chop the avocado into cubes. Mix in the juice and zest from half of a lime. Place in food processor and pulse until the avocado is chopped up into tiny pieces. Add in sour cream and pulse until a smooth mixture is formed. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into a small bowl and serve along side the empanadas. Enjoy!

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