Chipotle Chicken and Black Bean Empanadas

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Chipotle Chicken and Black Bean Empanadas: Perfect party food recipe with a delicious buttery shell that’s filled with a spicy-savory mix of chicken, black beans, veggies and chipotle seasoning.


Chipotle Chicken – Black Bean Empanadas

I’m so excited about this year’s ‘Cinco de Mayo’ celebrations as I’m in charge of the snacks and drinks menu at my friend’s annual Cinco party.

So I’m creating our family favorite recipe Chipotle Chicken and Black Bean Empanadas.

They are just the perfect finger food and goes so well with our theme and drinks.

We have been making so many plans and are almost done with the decoration and drinks shopping.

After a lot of discussion over drinks where the guys specially pitched in, we finally have two major winners – Corona Extra and Modelo Especial which we bought from our local grocery store.

You can see the men already decided to taste test a few as it’s meant to be a part of happy times, while we were making the empanadas 😉 


Chipotle Chicken and Black Bean Empanadas

Before, we go ahead with our Chipotle Chicken and Black Bean Empanadas recipe, here’s why we chose these two beers:

Corona Extra:

We love it for It’s a fruity-honey aroma with a touch of malt.

The flavor is crisp, clean and well-balanced because of its superior ingredients – the finest-quality blend of filtered water, malted barley, hops, corn, and yeast.

It’s perfect to serve in parties or just a simple evening with a chilled beer and you.


Modelo Especial:

It’s a beer born with the Fighting Spirit. It’s brewed with time, effort, and determination to create the model Mexican lager.

 It has a well-balanced, crisp, and clean taste. It’s characterized by an orange blossom honey aroma with a hint of herb.

So those were some fun facts about both are drinks and here’s a quick look at what we need to make the empanadas and the filling: 


The recipe for the Chipotle Chicken and Black Bean Empanadas is extremely easy but true to our Cinco de Mayo celebrations…it tastes like a fiesta in baked pockets of shells.

For the empanadas shell/crust, I’m using a regular biscuit dough (you can make your own or buy one from a store).

For the filling, I’m combining spring veggie mixes like green beans, carrots, onion, capsicum, jalapeno along with chicken, black beans, and chipotle seasoning.

I’m adding 3-4 tablespoon of hot sauce too for that extra kick of spiciness but it’s completely optional and them once the filling is made and cooled, I added some Mexican cheese mix.

Once all this is done, you can make the empanadas right away (a process in the pic below) or you can freeze the filling (for 1 week) and dough separately.

Once you’re ready to make the empanadas, just thaw everything overnight or you can thaw the dough for 2-3hrs and defrost the filling in the microwave. 


Now, once, you have decided to make the empanadas and given them these half-moon shape with crinkled edges (use hands or fork to make them), then comes the fun part 🙂

If you’ve eaten empanadas in the bakery and wondering ‘How do they get this perfectly golden-brown crust?’

The answer is ‘brushing the top of the empanadas with a mixture of egg+butter’!


Seriously, it’s like a best-kept secret in many bakeries for that extra crisp golden crust. 


Once, the empanadas are baked, they turn into these absolutely gorgeous orange-gold color and your kitchen smells no less than a bakery.

The smell itself will make you want to eat 2-3 of these Chipotle Chicken and Black Bean Empanadas right away 🙂 



Here are some pictures for you to see how gorgeous these empanadas look: 





We had so much fun sharing this recipe with you along with our two favorite beer.

The dough and filling can be kept frozen(separately) for a week and thawed overnight in the fridge. This recipe makes 16 medium empanadas.

Hope you make this recipe soon and enjoy them with a chilled Corona or Modelo for that true “Saber Vivir” ( knowing how to live”) spirit.

Here’s where I found the Beer at my local store (Drinks Section – Fridge) : 



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Yield: 12 Empanadas

Chipotle Chicken & Black Bean Empanadas

Chipotle Chicken & Black Bean Empanadas

Chipotle Chicken and Black Bean Empanadas : Perfect party food recipe with a delicious buttery shell filled with spicy savory chicken+veggie mix.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes


  • 1 Biscuit Dough - (homemade or store bought) 8 count - thawed
  • 1 Egg - for brushing the empanadas
  • 1 Tsp Butter - for egg wash
  • Filling:
  • 2 Chicken Breasts - cooked and shredded
  • 1/2 Cup Black Beans - I’m using canned beans - washed
  • 1/2 Large Onion - chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Green Beans
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Carrots
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Medium Jalapeno - chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Hot Sauce
  • 4 Tbsp Mexican Cheese Mix
  • 2 Tbsp Chipotle Flavored Spice - homemade or store bought
  • Salt - as per taste
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190F

Making the Filling::

  1. Heat oil in a skillet and add chopped onions.
  2. Saute onions till golden brown, then add black beans and saute for 2 minutes over medium flames.
  3. Now, add beans and carrot and saute-cook for another 3-4 minutes (sautéing every 2 minutes over medium flames).
  4. Add green bell peppers, shredded chicken, chipotle spice, hot sauce, salt and saute everything evenly.
  5. Cook this mixture for another 4-5 minutes while stirring every minute.
  6. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool.
  7. Add the Mexican cheese and mix everything evenly.

Making the Empanadas::

  1. In a small bowl, whisk egg + butter together.
  2. Take 1 biscuit dough ball and divide it into 2 parts.
  3. Roll one part in a circular shape and hold the disc in your hand.
  4. Take 2 tbsp of filling and place it on the middle of the circle.
  5. Dab the egg mix on the edges of the circular disc and close the circle to form a half moon shape (empanada).
  6. Place the uncooked empanada on a flat surface and press the back of a fork along the rounded edge to further seal and create a pattern, and place on one of the prepared baking sheets.
  7. Follow the above steps till all empanadas are filled and placed on baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown in color.
  9. Remove the empanadas from oven and place on serving tray.
  10. Sprinkle with some freshly chopped cilantro, add choice of dips and serve fresh.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 196 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 56mg Sodium: 350mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 3g Protein: 12g

34 Replies to "Chipotle Chicken and Black Bean Empanadas"

  • Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen May 2, 2017 (2:11 am)

    I am *always* down for some empanadas! These look fantastic – perfect for Cinco de Mayo (or any other day!).

  • Gina R April 29, 2017 (11:41 am)

    I am thinking about have a Cinco de Mayo party. These would be perfect! I love chipotle.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan April 27, 2017 (9:26 pm)

    I had just made empanadas and we all loved it at our house. I had made the pastry dough at home. I was thinking with the store bought empanada shell or biscuit dough, it should be even more easier and we can make it often.

  • Kylee from Kylee Cooks April 27, 2017 (4:40 pm)

    Well, GRAB ME A BEER and a plate ful of those empanadas and I’m a happy girl! The empanadas look amazing!

    • Molly Kumar April 27, 2017 (5:32 pm)

      Thanks so much Kylee !!! Come over and we can share a beer or two along with a fresh batch of these empanadas 🙂

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way April 27, 2017 (10:47 am)

    Are all of us invited to your party? The empanadas look and sound fantastic!! That filling alone, I could grab a spoon and start digging in!! It’s been years since we’ve made them — you’ve just inspired me to go at it again.

    • Molly Kumar April 27, 2017 (5:33 pm)

      Hahahha, you’ll are definitely welcome !!! Come on over and grab some of these empanadas and chilled beer. I love to nosh on this filling too as it’s so flavorful and yum!!!

  • valmg @ From Val's Kitchen April 27, 2017 (4:45 am)

    Those empanadas sure do sound flavorful, I think my oldest would enjoy them. I love the color of the outside, it is perfectly golden!

    • Molly Kumar April 27, 2017 (5:27 am)

      Thanks Val and I’m glad to hear your oldest one is going to enjoy it 🙂 It sure is really easy to make too.

  • Noel Lizotte April 26, 2017 (10:17 pm)

    I love empanadas, but I’m way to lazy to make them … I think I’ll use this recipe and host an empanada making party …. it’s got to be more fun when it’s an assembly line of chicas making this tasty treat!

    • Molly Kumar May 3, 2017 (5:48 am)

      Hahhaha, that is the BEST idea I’ve heard in a long time!! Gosh, I should have implemented it while making these 😉

  • Gillian Thompson April 26, 2017 (6:26 am)

    The filling for these empanadas sounds amazing. I’m planning on making some soon so will pin for later.

  • Uma April 26, 2017 (3:35 am)

    This is new to me , but looks interesting. May be I can make with some veggies instead of chicken.;)

    • Molly Kumar April 26, 2017 (4:19 am)

      Thank Uma and you can definitely skip chicken and add more veggies or cheese filling 🙂

  • Jennifer A Stewart April 25, 2017 (11:36 pm)

    I love empanadas and have never really figured out how to get the dough right! I love the idea of using biscuit dough! That color on there is amazing!!

  • Traditionallymodernfood April 25, 2017 (11:32 pm)

    I never thought homemade empanadas is so easy. You have explained it very well. Love your pictures. Guess you had awesome time in the party

    • Molly Kumar April 26, 2017 (4:33 am)

      Awee, Thanks Vidya and do give them a try as they are so yum !!

  • Tina April 25, 2017 (7:46 pm)

    This is so creative! I love empanadas:)

  • Karly April 25, 2017 (3:55 pm)

    I wish I could go back in time and personally thank the creator of the original empanada. Where would we be without their deliciousness? These look amazing!!

  • Amy April 25, 2017 (1:45 pm)

    I love the color of these empanadas! They are so pretty! I would totally serve these at a party with friends!

  • Adriana Lopez Martn April 25, 2017 (3:51 am)

    I love empanadas and this look so good! Now I need an empanada. Will have to bake some later today =) Lovely pictures too!

    • Molly Kumar April 25, 2017 (1:49 pm)

      Hehehe, Thanks Adriana and I’m glad you liked the recipe 🙂

  • Pam April 24, 2017 (10:15 pm)

    I love empanadas! I have never made them so I definitely wondered how they get that perfect golden brown crust.

  • peter @feedyoursoultoo April 24, 2017 (8:49 pm)

    These look great. Such good flavors in your filling and you have the perfect browning on your dough.

  • Veena Azmanov April 24, 2017 (7:58 pm)

    I love empanadas but never make them myself. Always too lazy. Your recipe looks so easy. I want to try them. Pinning for later. Love the flavors you used.

    • Molly Kumar April 25, 2017 (1:51 pm)

      Thanks Veena. You should try making them at home, they are just so easy 🙂

  • Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy April 24, 2017 (1:57 pm)

    Sounds like a fun party Molly! Hope you have a lot of fun! But it’s hard not to, with this amazing Empanadas at hand!

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