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Turkey Empanadas Grande Recipe

Turkey Empanadas Grande

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"Pie pastry filled with a mixture of ground turkey, tomato, bell pepper, herbs and spices. A turkey twist on a Latin favorite, empanadas."

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  • PREP

    45 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute turkey, garlic, onion, and green pepper until turkey is no longer pink in center. Stir in tomatoes, parsley, cilantro, cumin, oregano, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Stirring occasionally, cook over medium heat about 15 minutes or until most the liquid is reduced.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  3. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick oil. Unfold one pie crust in center of cookie sheet. Carefully spread one half of meat mixture to within 1-inch of one-half pie crust. Brush 1 inch of pie crust with egg white. Encase meat by folding other half of pie crust over meat mixture. Using a fork, press edges of crust together and pierce top of crust to make holes to allow steam to escape.
  4. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with remaining ingredients and pie crust. Bake at 400 degrees F. 20 to 25 minutes. To serve, cut each empanada into 4 wedges.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 20, 2003

Tasted great and looked like it took more effort than it did. I substituted a can of diced tomatoes and some tomato sauce for the fresh tomatoes. Will definitely be making this more!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 28, 2006

We did not think they had a lot of flavor. Eldest son liked but he also added a lot of melted cheese over them. Would not make again but thanks for letting us try.


58 Ratings

Apr 06, 2006

Tends to come out a little dry, I added some enchilada sauce after the meat/veggie mixture cooled and it was delicious! Also, if you run the meat and vegetables through a meat grinder before you stuff the shells, the texture is much more consistent and (I think) better.

Apr 14, 2004

After reading the other reviews, I agreed the mixture looked too dry...I made the following changes and it turned out so great that my husband and I ate almost all of it and had to stop ourselves from polishing it off. Instead of tomatoes (which I don't like), I added a bottle of Chipotle-flavoured Pace salsa - it added just the right amount of moisture, flavour, and a yummy spicy-ness. I also ditched the dried parsley (I've read if you use parsley dried you might as well not use it at all), and I substituted freshly pressed garlic for the garlic powder and fresh cilantro for dry. Easy changes on an already easy-to-prepare dish, and it turned out delicious!

Apr 30, 2003

great little"hot pocket" type meal.....we use goya discos (made for empanadas) in the freezer section....

Jan 15, 2004

This was VERY good! I used one small can of tomato sauce and one can of mexican seasoned stewed tomatoes (chopped them up in my food processor). Had to adjust cook time on the stove to cook out liquids. But it was great. HOWEVER, when attempting to put the meat on the pie shell half, you MIGHT want to mention that you need to COOL the meat first. I didn't even think about it and ended up with holes in my shell when I folded it over. .. OOPS! hee hee - but this will go in my permanent recipe collection!

Sep 18, 2008

very versatile and my pre-diabetic husband loved this recipe. To change up this recipe I substituted whole wheat tortillas instead of pie crust. Secondly, you can use chicken, rice and black beans. Lastly, I used all kinds of peppers from my garden.

Dec 18, 2005

These are amazing. My husband and I absolutely loved these. They taste like ones you can get in a restaurant. I did take the advice of others and increase the spices and I also added shredded cheese inside. but it was great. I told my sister she had to make it and her and her husband begged her to make them at least once a week. I will try with ground beef next time b/c my husband prefers it, but the turkey was tasty too.


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  • Calories
  • 354 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 27 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 45 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 21.1 g
  • 32%
  • Fiber
  • 2.8 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 14.3 g
  • 29%
  • Sodium
  • 321 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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