Pasteles De Queso Recipe

Pasteles De Queso Recipe

How To Make Pasteles De Queso

Make snack times more enjoyable with this tasty Pasteles de queso! It is Latin American breakfast favorite of crunchy fried dough filled with cheese.

Preparation: 50 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Total: 1 hour



  • 5cupsall-purpose flour,plus more for dusting
  • 1tspsalt
  • 2tspbaking powder
  • 3tspgranulated sugar
  • 2tbspcorn oil
  • 5large eggs
  • 1cupwarm milk
  • cupsmozzarella cheese,or Oaxaca cheese, shredded
  • water,or beaten egg white, for sealing
  • canola oil,for frying
  • powdered sugar,for dusting
  • 6cupsapi,for serving


  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar, then whisk to combine. Add the corn oil, and whisk until well combined.

  2. In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, lightly beat together the eggs. Add the milk.

  3. Gradually add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix until the dough begins to come together in a ball.

  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, until smooth.

  5. Place the dough in a floured bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let it rest for 45 minutes, or until the dough has nearly doubled in size.

  6. Roll the dough into about 25 smaller balls, or fewer if larger pasteles are preferred. Transfer to a baking sheet and cover with a kitchen towel.

  7. Working 1 at a time, roll each dough ball out into ⅛-inch thick ovals. Use an inverted bowl to cut out circles about 4 to 5 inches in diameter. Discard the dough scraps.

  8. Add about a tablespoon of Oaxaca cheese to the center of each circle. Lightly wet the edge of the dough with water, then fold in half and seal using the repulgue technique or an empanada mold cutter.

  9. Fill a large pot with canola oil, then heat to 360 degrees F.

  10. Add several pasteles at a time to the hot oil and fry for about 5 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

  11. Dust the hot pasteles with powdered sugar. Serve with api, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 183.21kcal
  • Fat: 7.29g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.16g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.40g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.27g
  • Carbohydrates: 21.34g
  • Fiber: 0.68g
  • Sugar: 1.99g
  • Protein: 7.51g
  • Cholesterol: 52.05mg
  • Sodium: 158.67mg
  • Calcium: 137.15mg
  • Potassium: 65.17mg
  • Iron: 1.41mg
  • Vitamin A: 51.21µg
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