Take-out Tuesday, Hawaiian Pizza Empanadas and a Pineapple Cocktail

Hawaiian Pizza,

pizza topped with pineapple, Canadian bacon or ham,

is a favorite family combo

I decided to try it in an empanada version

An empanada is a stuffed turnover or pastry

pineapple empandas thepaintedapron.com

Roll out a refrigerated pie crust dough round just a little


Cut circles with a glass or biscuit cutter or a glass,

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~

Instead of ham, I used pepperoni, plus pineapple, green onions,

orange bell pepper, and an Italian cheese blend


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,

keeping in mind that this all has to fit inside!


Fold them in half, taco style


Pinch edges to seal, 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


Bake the empanadas on a silicone baking mat

or parchment paper for easy clean up

pineapple empandas thepaintedapron.com

The torn pastry has disappeared!

Hawaiian pizza empanadas thepaintedapron.com

Pour a delicious Pineapple Smoothie to enjoy with your empanadas

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


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,

Pineapple Smoothie Cocktail

Prep Time 5 minutes
chill time 1 hour
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 1


  • blender or food processor


  • per serving:
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 2 oz Caribbean Rum with coconut liqueur
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice


  • Puree pineapple in a blender or with an immersion blender. Chill for at least 1 hour in freezer or refrigerate overnight. Place chilled pineapple in a glass and stir in liqueur and ice. Serve immediately


Instead of rum, substitute 1/2 cup {or more} almond milk or coconut milk
Keyword pineapple cocktails, pineapple smoothie, rum & pineapple drink

Enjoy a tropical Happy Hour at home with these tasty treats!

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31 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Hawaiian Pizza Empanadas and a Pineapple Cocktail”
  1. Mary says:

    Yummy little empanadas Jenna! Your pineapple daiquiri sounds refreshing too! ♥

  2. Those mini empanadas look really inviting. I would love mine with lots of extra cheese 🙂

  3. Rita C. says:

    Yum! I’ll dance for those!

  4. The pizza empanada idea is brilliant. What a great idea for dinner or even a party.

  5. The empanadas look wonderful, and I love the idea of the pineapple cocktail!

  6. Kitty says:

    Sounds like a party at your house, Jenna! Wish I could hop right in over for a smoothie and some empanadas. The Parmesan cheese worked wonders!

  7. This is the perfect solution for all those (in my house) who think pineapple should never be on a pizza. Ha-ha! It’s not a pizza, it’s an empanada! It’s delicious, now eat it! Another great idea, thanks.

  8. Jenna, the empanadas look delicious. I love pineapple on pizza, so this is a perfect way to disguise it for my guys. I agree with Rita, I will gladly hula for these. Happy Tuesday!

  9. lghiggins says:

    What a great idea! We have only made empanadas a few times. We were living in Mexico and the Costco had empanada wrappers, prepared circles of dough. It was so convenient. Our neighbor from Argentina directed us to them. Argentina is where I had my first empanada. They are popular there, not so much in Mexico where the taco is king!

    • How convenient to find dough circles! But they’re easy to make with refrigerated pie crust dough, and endless possibilities for the filling…I’m sure the empanadas in Argentina are amazing!

  10. Jessica says:

    LOVE that it’s refrigerated pie crust!! And, the mess part- Parmesan cheese is so smart!

  11. Nancy says:

    Oh how fun and yummy too! And that pineapple daiquiri… perfect combo!

  12. I will be right over!

  13. Very yummy and easy ideas Jenna. Even the kids can make them,. Wonderful idea to use pie crust dough. I love pineapple too. Happy 4th of July weekend.

  14. helenfern says:

    I love the idea of pizza empanadas!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – hope your week is fantastic!!

  15. Miz Helen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday, 595. Hope you are having a great week and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

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