TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 2 loaves (1 pound each) frozen white bread dough, thawed
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 248 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 528mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 18g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the next eight ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Cool.
  2. Roll each loaf of dough into a 16-in. x 8-in. rectangle, about 1/4 in. thick. Cut each into eight 4-in. squares; top each with 1/4 cup filling and 1 tablespoon cheese. Bring the four corners together up over filling; pinch seams to seal.
  3. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise for 15 minutes. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until browned. Serve immediately, or freeze and reheat in microwave at 50% power for 1-1/2 minutes each. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Beef 'n' Bean Pockets in Taste of Home October/November 1997, p54

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