Beef and Chile Empanadas

Zesty Mexican turnovers are bursting with beef, cheese and salsa. And they're easy to make with refrigerated pie crusts!

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 16

Ingredients

1
box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
1/2
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
can (4 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles
1
cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1
cup Old El Paso™ Thick ‘n Chunky salsa
  • 1 Heat oven to 425°F. Line large cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper, or spray with cooking spray. Unroll crusts. Cut each into 4 wedges.
  • 2 In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in chilies. Spoon about 2 tablespoons mixture over half of each crust wedge to within 1/4 inch of edges. Top each with 1 tablespoon cheese. Brush edges of crust with water. Fold untopped dough over filling, forming triangle; press edges to seal. Place on cookie sheet.
  • 3 Bake 12 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool 10 minutes. Spoon salsa into small bowl. Place bowl in center of serving platter. Cut each warm empanada in half, forming 2 triangles. Arrange around bowl.

Expert Tips

If you like cilantro, chop 1 tablespoon and add it to the empanada filling.

Coarsely chopped smoked chorizo sausage can be used in place of the ground beef.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
160
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
10%
(Saturated Fat
4 1/2g,
4 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
320mg
320%;
Total Carbohydrate
14g
14%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.