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Quick Feijoada Empanadas (Pastel de Feijoada)

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Do you love beans?  How about empanadas?  Since I am craaaazy for both, I decided to combine two favorites of mine in one single dish: Quick Feijoada Empanadas or Pastel de Feijoada… a bar food that can be served as a snack, a party starter, or finger food for sports games.  I am so excited to share this with you! 


Our feijoada empanadas consist of small fried empanadas filled with a quick-and-easy feijoada, the savory black bean and pork stew that is considered Brazil’s national dish. These are quick to prepare, without compromising on flavor. There’s no need to make empanada dough because we will be using store-bought wonton wraps. Plus, you don’t even have to make a feijoada from scratch because we will be using BUSH’S Cocina Latina™ Frijoles Negros Machacados (smashed black beans seasoned with poblano chiles, tomatoes, and a touch of bacon).  I am telling you, folks, these beans are so good, don’t be surprised if you find yourself eating them by spoonfuls right out of the can — just like I did! 

Quick Feijoada Empanadas -- Ingredients

If there is a language that Brazilians speak fluently it is BEANS. They are a staple dish in my home country… something that I grew up eating every single day except Sundays.  BUSH’S Cocina Latina™ Smashed Black Beans are so well seasoned, so flavorful, that I couldn’t stop eating them — directly from the can.  If only you could have seen the scene in my kitchen: me attacking the can of beans and my husband looking on in disbelief, because he knows how demanding I am when it come to beans. But these are not your ordinary beans, these are LATIN beans, full of SABOR!   I am already looking forward to opening the other 3 cans in the Bush’s Cocina Latina™ line, each with a different type of beans and flavor profile… 

BUSH's Cocina Latina -- frijoles

BUSH’S Cocina Latina™ is a line of beans inspired by regional recipes and the kitchen wisdom handed down from the real experts – mothers, grandmothers, and aunts. This is why those delicious black beans had the power to transport me right back home!

As a Latina, it was truly rewarding to experience their authentic flavor, and to bring some of the true taste of home to the table all by simply opening a can of beans.  I was so impressed with the traditional flavors of BUSH’S Cocina Latina™ that they gave me inspiration to be even more creative in the kitchen!  Our feijoada empanadas are proof positive… 


My husband and I ate the whole batch of feijoada empanadas except for two of them. We were kind enough 🙂 to save one for each of our two daughters. When they got home from school, tasted the feijoada empanadas, and discovered that there was only one apiece left, my eldest started crying — literally!  Need I say that she made me prepare more for her?

Save the drama and  just double the batch. Happy Feijoada Empanadas! 🙂


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Quick Feijoada Empanadas (Pastel de Feijoada)
Quick Feijoada Empanadas consist of small, fried empanadas filled with canned, smashed black beans, sausage, and collard greens. Great as a snack, a party starter, or finger food for sports games!
Quick-feijoada-empanadas , Pastel frito
Votes: 4
Rating: 5
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Course Appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Quick-feijoada-empanadas , Pastel frito
Votes: 4
Rating: 5
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  1. In a medium non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium-hight heat and cook ground sausage for about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring now and then. Add chopped collard greens and sauté for about 2 minutes. Add beans and stir. Place mixture into a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Place about 15 wonton wraps on preparation surface. Fill center of each with about 1 Tablespoon of the bean mixture and brush water around the edges. Place another wonton wrap on top. Seal all edges together, pressing well with your fingers and then crimping around the edges with a fork.
  3. Heat oil at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). If you don't have a thermometer to measure the temperature, dip a small piece of a wonton wrap into the heated oil. If you hear a sizzling sound, the oil is ready. Fry feijoada empanadas, a few at a time, turning them while frying so that they brown evenly on both sides. It will take about 2 minutes to fry each batch. They should be lightly golden and crispy. They will darken further while draining on paper towels. Serve hot either by themselves, or accompanied with an orange vinaigrette sauce or ketchup. Beer or guaraná soda are great drinks to accompany them.
Recipe Notes

For 15 feijoada empanadas, triple the amount of the orange vinaigrette (see link for recipe). Or, as an alternative dipping sauce, mix together 1/3 cup store-bought orange marmalade, 2 Tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, and a few drops of hot sauce.


45 Responses to Quick Feijoada Empanadas (Pastel de Feijoada)

  1. Judit + Corina @ Glamorous Bite December 16, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    We love empanadas and there are so many unique fillings! We did make the dough before, but the wanton wraps are just so much faster and crisp up nicely.

  2. Judit + Corina @ Glamorous Bite December 16, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    We love empanadas and there are so many unique fillings! We did make the dough before, but the wanton wraps are just so much faster and crisp up nicely. Cheers!

    • Denise Browning December 16, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

      Yes, wonton wraps speed up the process for sure and have a great texture especially when fried. I love to use them to make empanadas with different fillings — even for the same event.

  3. marcela December 16, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    Ohh.h… they look amazing! Are they crunchy? looks like they are <3

    • Denise Browning December 16, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

      Hi, Marcela! There is a contrast of textures between the soft filling with the crunchy exterior. Enjoy!

  4. Adriana Martin December 16, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    OMG I am drooling send me some via express delivery these look amazing congrats!

    • Denise Browning December 16, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

      What a great surprise, Adriana!
      Thanks a lot… If I could, I’d send you many of these which are already a real family favorite. xoxo

  5. Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish December 16, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

    Empandas YUM! Great post too, Denise!

  6. Liz December 16, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    Aw, I feel for your daughter….I think I’d cry if I only got one! These would be great to munch during the Sunday afternoon football games…they sound terrific!

    • Denise Browning December 17, 2014 at 9:37 am #

      Thanks, Liz! Yes, she cried so much that I had to make more for her. It was good to see her large smile afterwards.

  7. Rekha Vengalil December 16, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    They look so crisp and delicious! A lovely treat indeed 🙂

    • Denise Browning December 17, 2014 at 9:38 am #

      Thanks, my dear! I intend to make these soon because the whole family approved them. 🙂

  8. SallyBR December 17, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Denise, your post made me think of my Dad… how I know he would LOVE THESE!

    yes, it also made me a little sad, but… sometimes it’s good to let emotions flow a little

    Happy Holidays for you!

    • Denise Browning December 17, 2014 at 11:28 am #

      Sally, my dear!
      I am so sorry this made you sad. I know well how much memories from a loved one can make us miss the person even more. I also miss my Dad a lot!!
      Thinking about happy moments lived with my Dad bring me comfort and peace of mind. I hope does to you!
      Wishing Phil, you and your family a very happy holiday — full of wonderful moments and memories to remember. xx

  9. kitchenriffs December 17, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    Beans are so versatile, aren’t they? And loaded with flavor. Your empanadas look wonderful — great way to use beans. Thanks, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

    • Denise Browning December 17, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      Thanks, John! Beans are quite versatile and a great gluten-free flour sub.

  10. Deb|EastofEdenCooking December 17, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    What a great party appetizer! Warm, crunchy and savory too, a treat everyone can enjoy!

  11. Roberta December 17, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    Eu não costumo usar a palavra empanada para pastel. A massa e a textura são bem diferentes. Eu costumo falar pastel mesmo aqui nos Estados Unidos e explico o que é. Algumas pessoas aqui comem empanada e sabem que não é a mesma coisa. Nunca usei wonton em vez da massa de pastel, vou tentar fazer uns de palmito para ver o resultado.

    • Denise Browning December 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

      Obrigada pela visita!
      Desculpe, mas eu discordo de você. Pastel é o mesmo que empanada. O conceito é o mesmo e ,como toda receita no Brasil, apresenta variação de ingredientes ambos da massa e do recheio e até mesmo do formato e tamanho (quadrado, retangular, meia-lua). Cresci comendo pastel no Brasil, tanto o de forno como o frito e ,sinceramente, não vejo quase nenhuma diferença de textura (a não ser que o nosso pastel é um pouco mais flaky) nem do pastel frito nem do de forno para a empanada frita e de forno. A nossa receita foi levemente adaptada do pastel português, que veio do pastel espanhol ou empanada.
      Wonton é um substituto rápido para a massa de pastel frito de feira.
      Se você quiser aprender mais sobre pastel/empanada, você também pode dar uma lida neste artigo:

      Um Feliz Natal pra você e sua família!

  12. Coffee and Crumpets December 17, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    These are definitely full of of flavour! They look great. I like the Bush’s beans in all those flavours, definitely come in handy when you need to make a Latin inspired recipe.

    • Denise Browning December 17, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

      Thanks, Nazneen! These latin beans are very well-seasoned… they do not need to be doctor up at all.

  13. Abbe @ This is How I Cook December 17, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    I have tried these beans and they are good. Love the use of wonton wrappers in these, Denise! Fun recipe!

    • Denise Browning December 17, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

      Yes, they are wonderful, very well-seasoned indeed, Abbe!

  14. Daniela December 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    I love empanadas ad I love feijoada so the combination of both is my kind of food heaven.

    • Denise Browning December 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

      Me too, Daniela! I love both… This was indeed a heavenly snack.

  15. Amira December 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    These look great by all means… I feel for your daughters though 🙂 I hope you’ve made a big patch for them ONLY.

    • Denise Browning December 17, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

      Thanks, Amira!
      My eldest cried so hard that I winded up making more for her later.

  16. immaculate December 17, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    I hear you Denise, it is our everyday meal too! I just love beans.What a perfect pairing of beans, sausage , greens and wonton. You know I could eat a hundred of these and still want more.

    • Denise Browning December 17, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

      I know, Immaculate! I think Caribbeans and Southern Americans are crazy for beans. It is a staple food! I can eat by itself or in many dishes too.

  17. Julia | December 17, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

    Denise, these empanadas look so great! So appetizing! I love that kind of stuff. Love beans in general so this dish is right up my alley!

    • Denise Browning December 18, 2014 at 11:29 am #

      Thanks, Julia! This dish combines two of my fave dishes: empanadas and feijoada!

  18. Kiran @ December 18, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    These empanadas looks so delicious. I want 😀

  19. Raymund December 18, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Never thought of using wonton wrappers for empanada, what a great idea and recipe

    • Denise Browning December 18, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

      Thanks, Ray! Wonton is a great dough for quick fried empanadas. I have used many times and always get great results.

  20. Juliana December 18, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Denise, I have never heard of pastel de feijoada…so interesting…now you got me curious…and I can imagine how delicious these must be…yum!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week 🙂

    • Denise Browning December 18, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

      It is a popular snack at the Bar do Mineiro in Rio. This one is made with wonton wraps because it is a quick version. I hope you make and enjoy it. xx

  21. Mi Vida en un Dulce December 23, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    I like empanadas so much…and the better thing is that you can make it if whatever you want..!!!

    • Denise Browning December 24, 2014 at 8:23 am #

      It is true! They can be filled with whatever one wants.

  22. Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño December 31, 2014 at 7:37 am #

    I’ve been meaning to comment on these for a while, they look unbelievable!! Can not wait to give them a try!! Happy New Year to you and your family!!

    • Denise Browning December 31, 2014 at 9:57 am #

      Thanks, Kate! A very happy and healthy new year to you and your family too.

  23. Little Cooking Tips January 28, 2015 at 1:51 am #

    Amazing work dear Denise! They look delicious! Even though we eat A LOT of beans here in Greece, and we love any form of pitta, for some strange reason we never tried a bean stuffing!:) We can’t wait to try those!
    Thank you so much!
    Panos and Mirella

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