Southwestern Recipes

Baked Chicken Empanadas with Queso Dip

This incredibly tasty empanada using traditional Mexican flavors is perfect for any celebration. Add the queso dip and this meal is sure to please!

Baked Chicken Empanadas

Prep: 30 min | Bake: 20 min | Yield: 12 servings



  • 12 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls, thawed to room temperature
  • 2 cups cooked diced chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups grated pepper jack cheese
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Queso Dip

  • 1 pound Mexican Velveeta
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles



  1. Flatten each roll into a 6 to 7 inch circle. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest while making filling. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Remove plastic wrap from rolls. Place about 1/4 cup filling onto each circle being careful not to let it touch the edges. Wet the edges of each circle with water. Fold dough in half over filling and press the edges together with a fork to seal.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes or until nicely browned.

Queso Dip

  1. Cut cheese into pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave one minute at a time until melted. Add tomatoes and green chiles and stir until well combined.


Recipe and photo used with permission from: Rhodes Bake-N-Serv

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