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Easy Picadillo Empanadas

Easy Picadillo Empanadas

USA WEEKEND columnist Pam Anderson

Go deep this Super Bowl Sunday: Serve empanadas. These turnovers are perfect 'finger food' -- no knife and fork required. And because the recipes use refrigerated biscuit dough, it's an easy score. All you have to do is make the fillings.

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  • Calories:
  • 140 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 6.6 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs:
  • 14.3g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 6.4 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 13 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 332 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Adjust oven rack to center; heat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion and apple until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Add spices; saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in chicken, tomatoes, raisins and olives; simmer until filling is thick and moist but not too liquid, 5 to 7 minutes longer. Stir in garlic, almonds, salt and pepper. Transfer to a medium bowl; cool to room temperature.
  3. Separate biscuits onto a cornmeal-coated work surface. Sprinkle with cornmeal as necessary, and roll each one into a 5 inch circle. Fill each one, using a scant 2 Tbs. filling and leaving a 1/2-inch border. Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. (At this point, can be frozen up to 2 weeks.)
  4. Brush tops with oil. Bake until golden, 16 to 20 minutes (longer if frozen).
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My husband was really excited to try these...until he did! Cute idea, very easy to make, but the filling was just a little weird for our tastes.


my friends and i made this recipe and everyone really enjoyed it. we left out the almonds because someone had nut allergies, but it still was very enjoyable.

Dylan's Nana

Delicious little turnovers! I actually used pre-fab pie dough (from the deli section of the grocery store) and cut out 5" rounds. They were flakey and tasty with great flavor. Since I was making them for the first time (and for a party) I thought they needed some sort of dipping sauce. I made the Ginger Dipping Sauce, the Mustard Cream Sauce and Bloomin' Onion Dipping Sauce and got rave reviews for everything. I made the Empanadas 2 weeks before the party, froze them on a cookie sheet then put them in a zip lock bag. About a half hour before serving I popped them frozen into the oven and they came out perfect.