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chili cheese empanadas

Chili & Cheese Empanadas

  • Author: Kayla Demint
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x


How to Make Chili & Cheese Empanadas using leftover chili with a keto and low carb empanada option.



10 empanada shells (I used pre-made frozen) (you can also use keto dough)
3 cups leftover chili
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
avocado oil or other high heat cooking oil

For serving:
sour cream


Lay out empanada shells. Put two big spoonfuls of chili on one side of the empanada dough (it should cover about half of the empanada dough, leaving a little border on the edge). Top with a pinch shredded cheddar cheese.
Fold over the other side of the empanada dough and squeeze the sides together. Then crimp the edge. To do this, start at one corner of the empanada and start folding in, like a triangle. Think of it as many triangles together down the edge of the empanada. (See the video for demonstration).
In a pan, add 1/2″ of avocado oil until it’s hot. (You can test this by dipping an edge of an empanada, if it sizzles, you’re good).
Add the empanadas to the hot oil and fry about 3 minutes per side, until golden brown and crispy. You can do this in batches so they’re easier to work with.
Put the empanadas on a paper towel lined plate to drain excess grease.
Serve warm with your favorite toppings like salsa, sour cream, avocado, cilantro, etc.


If you want to make these empanadas keto or low carb friendly, use the dough here instead of traditional dough. 

Keywords: empanadas, leftover chili recipe, how to make empanadas

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