Recipe Box, Hawaiian Pizza Empanadas

I seem to be in an Hawaiian mood this week, drinking Pineapple Cocktails, so I decided to whip up some little bites to go with them

pineapple empandas

Hawaiian Pizza [pineapple with Canadian bacon or ham] is one of our favorite combos so I decided to try it in an empanada version.  An empanada is a stuffed turnover or pastry.


Roll out a refrigerated pie crust dough round just a little


Cut circles with a glass or biscuit cutter, about 3″ diameter.  Reroll the scraps once or twice, but don’t let the rounds get too thin.  You should have 12-14


Chop your filling ingredients~I used pepperoni instead of ham, pineapple, green onions, and orange bell pepper along with packaged Italian cheese blend.  If you grate your own it will taste even better!


Smear about 1 T of sauce on dough rounds with the back of a spoon, leaving a 1/4″ clean border edge


Add toppings on 1/2 of the dough round, trying to keep in mind that this all has to fit inside!


Fold them in half, taco style


Pinch edges to seal as you are stuffing the filling, that is trying to pop out, back in!


Use a fork to crimp the edges


Not all of mine are perfect little packages. Ahem…


The ones that are torn are the reason you don’t want your dough to get too thin!  Don’t worry though, I have a plan!


Bake at 425 for about 6 minutes until the crust has just begun to brown…looks like a hot mess, right?


Never fear! Parmesan cheese to the rescue!  Put a generous mound of cheese on each empanada and return to the oven for another 6 minutes or until pies are golden and cheese has started to brown.


[Note: I baked mine on a silicone baking mat for easy clean up]

pineapple empandas

Now they all look deliciously the same!

Hawaiian pizza empanadas

Go on, take them outside and enjoy them with your cocktail!

pineapple pizza empanadas

Don’t worry about the calories, you are going to hula dance them off!


I think we are all going to enjoy summer especially this year, don’t you?

Hawaiian pizza empanadas

NOTE: Make these ahead, refrigerate  and reheat at 400 for 7-10 minutes, they are just as good if not better!


All your favorite Hawaiian pizza ingredients tucked into a portable hand pie!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 1 refrigerated pie crust dough round unbaked
  • 12-18 pepperoni slices chopped, or 2-4 oz. chopped ham or Canadian bacon
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1/4 of a colored pepper chopped
  • 6-8 pineapple chunks. chopped
  • 1/4-1/2 cup prepared pizza sauce
  • 4 oz. shredded Parmesan cheese or Italian blend divided


  • Roll out dough until it is about 1″ bigger in diameter. Cut 3″ dough circles with a glass or biscuit cutter.
  • Spread 1 T of pizza sauce on the dough rounds with the back of a spoon, leaving a 1/4″ border.
  • Place filling ingredients, reserving some cheese, on dough rounds, mounding it slightly on one side. Fold dough edges together like a taco, gently enclosing the filling and pinching edges together.
  • Lay pies down on a cutting board and crimp edges with a fork. Transfer pies to a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 425 for 6 minutes. Remove from oven and top each with a pile of reserved shredded cheese. Return to oven and bake for another 6 minutes or until golden.


If you use a silicone mat clean up will be a breeze but they won’t get as crisp on the bottom.
You can make these ahead of time and reheat when needed
Keyword appetizer, empanadas, hand pies, Hawaiian pizza, pepperoni, pie crust dough, pineapple,

Thank you so much for your visit! 

Be sure to stop back by Sunday when I will show you the finally finished  Little Remodel

also coming up next week:

Fast and Easy Window Treatments

Not your Mama’s Veggie Pizza

Dining with the Fishes

The May Paint Bucket, a bucket list of recipes to try in May

Dessert for Breakfast! Strawberry Waffle Parfait Bites


I will be joining these fabulous recipes and blogs:

It All Started With Paint

Will Cook for Smiles

Uncommon Designs

A Stroll Thru Life

Memories by the Mile

Four Seasons Blog Hop

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

Love Bakes Good Cakes

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14 Responses to “Recipe Box, Hawaiian Pizza Empanadas”
  1. fairhopesupplyco says:

    Mmmm. More pineapple! Perfect for me, but alas, my boys aren’t wild about pineapple. My son refused to eat some potatoes last week because at first, he thought they were pineapples. But . . . you’ve given me a great idea for using other fillings. I have the dough in the freezer, and I’ll see what else is on hand!

  2. Emily says:

    Hi Jenna, You always share such tasty treats for serving up! These bites look wonderful and easy too. I love the presentation, so beachy! I certainly have to try these.
    It was so nice meeting you and all the bloggers at the meeting in Fairhope. As soon as I’m home I’ll post with names and links to members.
    Have a lovely weekend…………..

  3. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    I have the cocktail… wish I had a munchie! They sound good, especially with that view:@)

  4. Oh, Jenna! To be your neighbor! These look delicious. I like that you can make them ahead of time. Sounds good for the next time my kids visit.

  5. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Hi Jenna! Your empanadas look so good! I think my husband would love these, so I’m going to have to give them a try this week :0) I like to make something similar to these with eggs, sausage, and cheese. YUM!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    Have a relaxing Sunday and a wonderful week,

  6. Mary says:

    These look delicious Jenna and so easy to customize with your fillings for Cinco de Mayo too!

  7. These look so delicious! Hawaiian pizza is one of my guy’s favorites, so this bite sized recipe is perfect. Yum!

  8. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Oh wow, these sound delicious. I will definitely give this a try. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  9. Oooh don’t those look delicious! They sound irresistible! Stopping by from Freedom Fridays.


  10. Kenneth Goh says:

    The empanada definitely looks delish. I like the way how you rescue the broken empanada. It is something that have never come across my mind. Thanks for sharing with 4 seasons bog hop. Cheers and have a nice day.

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