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Chili Meat Pockets

I'm not sure who gave me this recipe but I used to make them for the children's school lunches.
 They would also be great as appetizers for those Christmas parties. 
If you have a food processor, use it for the pastry.

For the Pastry:
You will need to make the recipe twice to use up the filling.
  • 1 cup creamed cottage cheese
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
For the Chili Meat filling:
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/1/2 cups onions chopped fine
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder ( or to taste)
  • 4 envelopes beef bouillon powder.
  • Cheddar cheese cut into pieces about 1/4 inch x 1 inch x 1/1/2 inches.
  1. Prepare filling first.
  2. Brown ground beef and onions until meat is cooked through. Drain fat. 
  3. Add chili powder and beef bouillon powder and cook a little longer stirring well until seasonings are incorporated. (Do not add water)
  4. Set aside to cool while you make the pastry.
  5. Place all pastry ingredients in bowl of food processor and pulse until dough begins to stick together.
  6. If mixing by hand, cut margarine and cottage cheese into dry ingredients and then mix by hand until mixture holds together and becomes somewhat sticky.
  7. Divide dough and roll each piece out to about 1/8th inch thickness on floured surface.
  8. Cut circles using a cutter about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.
  9. Place 1 piece cheddar cheese on one side of each circle. 
  10. Top with about 1 tablespoon of meat filling.
  11. Fold in half and crimp edges together using a fork. 
  12. Prick the tops with your fork to let the steam out when they bake.
  13. Place on baking sheets and bake at 375 degrees C for about 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. 
  14. Serve to the kids with ketchup for dipping or to the adults with red pepper jelly.
  15. Keep the Chili Meat pockets in the fridge or freezer until serving.
  16. They heat up best in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or turn the oven off and let them warm if frozen.


  1. Oh my ...these are like a cross between perogies and empanadas.(sp.?) Yum!. What a great recipe. Thanks for the post....will have to try these.

  2. this is so up my alley.
    i love this kinda stuff and i actually have that dough in my fridge right now waiting to be made into something else....i may have changed my to the freezer to get the ground beef.
    won't the kids like this for supper tomorrow with a big pot of soup....

  3. i have the dough....minus the wheat germ but that would give it a nice nutty falvour but i am sure they will be fine with out, right.
    i will try it anyway.

  4. This sounds wonderful! I always freeze some of my chili when we make a big pot. This would be a perfect lunch!

  5. Have to try this will be happy!

  6. i made this last night for supper and they all disappeared....poof:-)

  7. I made this dough and filled it in the same fashion but with the filling from the bacon mushroom bundles as I don't like to use store bought pastry dough. SO GOOD!!! I will make again and again!


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