Frijole Bites aka {Homemade Mini Kolaches}

8:30 PM
South of the Border Bites, a pastry that holds a spoonful of shredded cheese, pinto beans, and diced jalapenos.  Wrap up the mixture in a ball and lay upside down in a dish.  Brush with butter and bake.  Perfect bitesize bite!  

The recipe for these South of the Border Bites aka "Kolaches" came about when I only used half of the dough from my Heavenly Cinnamon Rolls that I made on Saturday.

With the rest of the dough, I wanted to make something that was bite size.   I thought of a filling combination of cheddar cheese and pickled sliced jalapenos with a tad of ranch beans would be tasty. 

So here I go rolling out the dough, cutting a small round of dough, and stuffing the filling around the dough. All this time, I am thinking, this reminds me of Kolaches.

I know that the true Kolaches are baked separated to give them a crusty outside texture on a baking sheet.  I wanted to bake mine close together in a pie plate to give them that soft outside texture.

They were amazing. I can tell you that the slight sweetness of the dough and the cheesy jalapeno filling was an instant melt in your mouth goodness, I guarantee!

South of the Border Bites
Inspired by The Other Side of Fifty


  • 1-1 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded

  • 1  15 oz. can ranch style beans

  • 4 oz. canned sliced jalapenos

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Roll out half the dough at a time to 15 x 10 x 1/4. Cut 24 to 30 2 1/2-inch squares, depending on how much the dough allows (Use a pizza cutter if you have one).

Place a tablespoon of the grated cheese on each square, a small spoon of ranch beans, and follow with a slice or two of jalapenos. 

 Gently pick up the square and pinch the sides and make a round shape, being sure to seal the filling inside. 

Place in a slightly sprayed pie place or baking dish seam side down. Continue with the remaining squares.

 Place in oven and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the Kolaches are golden brown. Take out of the oven and brush liberally with melted butter. Serve warm.

Cook's Note: When I made mine, I used a round cutter, and the dough was not easy to roll out again from the scraps. So I recommend that you cut squares. 

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  1. Great idea! 2 Heavenly treats with one dough.

  2. I love this idea of making two things with one recipe! They look really scrumptious too ;)

  3. one of my weakness is good breads I think these almost look sinful I think I will be trying them for sure and your cinnamon roll recipe yummy gonna try it as well

  4. oh yum! I think hubby would love these. Thanks for sharing at What's Cooking Thursdays! You're one of the featured recipes this week!

  5. I've never had a savory kolache. Sounds like a fabulous filling.

  6. I found your blog through Family Friendly Fridays...and I'm so glad I did. I love good breads and I'm going to have to try this!

  7. This looks delicious!!

    My sisters and I just started our first themed blog hop over at beginning tomorrow. This weeks theme is appetizers. We would love for you to come over and share this or any of your favorite appetizer recipes with our blog readers. Have a great weekend.


  8. Oh Yum! I have a similiar recipe for pizza bites on my blog but yours have a Fantastic twist!

  9. Hi Kay! This recipe tied for the #1 spot on our Appetizer linky party last week. This week theme is Chicken. Please come back and post some chicken recipes to share this week.



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