Cheesiest Fried Chicken Empanadas with Chili Con Queso Dip

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A tasty southern take on a traditional Latin recipe.

Servings: 12-15 servings
Prep Time: 40 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1   (15-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1   jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1   chopped red bell pepper
4 ounce cream cheese, softened
1   (8-ounce) package shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese blend
3 cup chopped, cooked chicken, about 4 to 5 chicken breasts

Chili Con Queso Dip:
1 pound package Cheddar (recommended: Velveeta)
1 (16-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
2 teaspoons Paula Deen’s Hot Sauce





Cheesiest Fried Chicken Empanadas with Chili Con Queso Dip 

Preheat vegetable oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl using a rubber spatula, combine the chicken, Colby and Monterey cheese, cream cheese, red pepper, jalapeno, cumin, salt, and pepper. Remove 1 piecrust from pie tin onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a 15-inch circle. Cut out rounds, using a 3-inch cookie cutter. Re-roll dough as needed. Repeat procedure with remaining piecrusts, making 12 to 15 circles total. Arrange 1 round on a clean, flat surface. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the edges of crust with water. Place 1 heaping teaspoon of chicken mixture in the center of the round. Fold the dough over the filling, pressing the edges with a fork to seal. Repeat with the remaining rounds and chicken mixture. Place empanadas in deep fryer for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Top with con queso dip.

Note: Up to this point, the recipe can be made ahead and frozen for up to 1 month.

Chili Con Queso Dip:

In a medium saucepot, slowly melt Cheddar over medium/low heat. When cheese is fully melted add tomatoes, chiles, and hot sauce, stirring with spoon until combined well.  Pour cheese dip into a small casserole dish and serve as a dip for the cheesy empanadas or pour on top for a real cheesy effect.

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Love you Paula! Can't wait to try these receipes. Enjoy Christmas with your wonderful family! May you have a blessed New Year.

By Tamara on December 11, 2013


Hi Paula, You are a super cook and have a great tv show. I tried this dish at snack time and it was great, every one loved it. Thanks for sharing it.

By Joetta Runyon on June 21, 2012


I made Empanadas once and I used biscuit dough. They came out amazing!

By Tony King on March 27, 2012


water a large bowls using and chicken or a ground meat, and black pepper.

By Lauren Nelson deen . on November 06, 2011


could these be made using puff pastry and possibly brush with butter and bake?

By Donna on May 28, 2011


They were delicious and I even got my kids to eat them. They ate them all up! Yippee skippee! We have a get together on Saturday and I am planning on making them....can't wait to see everone's reaction. smile

By Lori on May 26, 2011


I was wondering if this could be baked, because I have to stay away from fried food, high cloesteral here!! LOL

By Peggy Ruffin on May 25, 2011


Dear Paula, I would like to challenge you to an empanada cook off. I do believe mine are better.....what do you say? Check out more of my recipes at Kindest regards, Barbara Collins†

By Barbara Collins on May 25, 2011


Thank you paula for a great idea for fathers day! I know thi is something i can make and pack into my husbands cooler, because hes a 48 state truck driver and within a few secs, he will be able to reheat and eat on all week if he wants! That the way to a mans heart hahaaha!!!! sincerely Shawna French

By SHAWNA FRENCH on May 25, 2011


This is so good you can also try baking them it taste just as good. It is also healthy for.

By Unknown on January 24, 2011


Really good !!! kids had fun helping me make them too.

By Anonymous on December 14, 2009


Holy guacamole this was good! My daughter made these for my grandson's birthday, and I ate more than my share. This one is definitely going in my recipe box!

By tngram on October 03, 2009

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