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hand dipping empanada in marinara sauce
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5 from 2 votes

Pepperoni Pizza Empanadas

Crunchy on the outside, cheesy and gooey on the inside. The perfect snack or appetizer for any occasion. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Dominican, Latin
Servings: 10 empanadas
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Vanessa


  • 10 discs empanada dough , pre-made
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese , shredded
  • 1 cup mini pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 3 cups oil for frying


  • Place 1 teaspoon of marinara sauce, about 1 tablespoon cheese, 10-15 pieces of pepperoni and 1 teaspoon of corn in the center of a disc. Carefully fold and using a fork, press firmly around the edges to seal.
  • In a medium pot or large pan, heat oil over medium heat. Fry the empanadas on both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes each side.
  • Rest in a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  • Serve warm.


  • Use a fork to seal the edges of the dough so they are firmly together and won't split open when you fry them.
  • Don't go overboard on the fillings, half of the dough should be able to easily fold over and not be too stretched.
  • Make sure that your oil is hot before adding the empanadas. If it's not hot, they won't get nice and crispy.


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 408mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1mg