I made these tonight and they were SO delicious! I bought the pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough, which is rectangular, and sliced it into 6 separate squares. So, my empanadas were a more rectangular shape, but the dough was very easy to work with if you just follow the instructions by lightly flouring the surface you're working on and use a rolling pin.... prep was super easy and I'm not an advanced cook by any means. I didn't go by the measurement of cheese or salsa, I just used my best judgment, about two spoonfuls of beans, covered them in salsa, covered that in cheese, and the ratio was perfect. I was very skeptical about using jarred salsa as opposed to fresh vegetables and homemade picante, but I used a jar of salsa made fresh from the farmer's market, and I was extremely surprised at how well it worked. These impressed my boyfriend and roommates, and only took a total of 30 min including clean up! -Loyal Vegetarian from Beaumont, Texas
This is WAY too much topping for this amount of pizza dough. First of all, refrigerated pizza dough mostly sold in 11 oz containers. I feel like I keep trying Real Simple recipes and they oversimplify things (so that the recipes are not accurate) and disappoint, or they are not flavorful enough. I got four overstuffed empanadas from this recipe and had to throw out half a can of refried beans and half a jar of salsa. :-(
I've made this 3 times so far, and I can honestly tell you, there is NO WAY you need that much cheese in these things. (I weigh all my food, and 3 oz of freshly shredded cheddar was enough for 6 empanadas.) These are delicious, and when I made them last night, I added in some leftover grilled chicken into a few of them and my husband loved it. Be advised, though, these might take a while to prep (especially if you're not particularly skilled with rolling out pizza dough). I would suggest these for a weekend meal. Oh, and I wanted to add that I don't use canned refried beans. Instead, I get a can of pinto beans from trader joes, and add onions and salt and mash to make a healthier version of refried beans, without lard or other additives.