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End-Zone Empanadas with Roasted Red Pepper-Poblano Dip

  • prep time: 30 min
  • total time: 2 hr 55 min
  • serves: 14 people
  • calories: 260 1 serving

These easy-to-make, baked empanadas are filled with chicken, cheese, corn and salsa. Dipped in this kicked up red pepper dip, they're sure to get the party started!


  • 1 can (12.5 ounces) Swanson® Premium White Chunk Chicken Breast in Water, drained
  • 1 cup Pace® Salsa Verde
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese(about 8 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
  • 1 green onion, chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 14 disks (6-inch) frozen flour or corn empanada dough, at room temperature
  • 1 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped drained jarred roasted red bell pepper
  • 1/2 poblano chile, seeded and diced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantroleaves


  • Tips

    • Make-Ahead: Prepare the empanadas as directed above but do not bake.  Cover and freeze.  Thaw at room temperature then bake as directed above.
    • Easy Substitution: You can substitute 6-inch flour tortillas, warmed, for the empanada dough.  When filling the tortillas, make sure to brush the inside edges with the egg white mixture before pressing to seal.
    • Ingredient Note: You can usually find frozen empanada dough in 14-ounce packages containing 10 disks each.  You will need about 1 1/2 packages for this recipe.
  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 400°F.  Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil.  Spray the foil with vegetable cooking spray cooking spray.

  • Step 2

    Stir the chicken, salsa, cheese, corn and onion in a large bowl.  Beat the egg white and water in a small bowl with a fork.

  • Step 3

    Place 1 dough disk onto a work surface.  Spoon 2 mounds of chicken mixture (1 heaping tablespoon each) 1-inch apart on the bottom half of disk, 1/2-inch from the edge.  Fold the dough in half over the filling, pressing firmly between the mounds of chicken mixture.  Cut into 2 empanadas.  Crimp the edges with a fork to seal.  Place onto the baking sheet.  Repeat with the remaining dough disks.  Brush the empanadas with the egg white mixture.  Season, if desired.

  • Step 4

    Bake for 15 minutes or until the empanadas are golden brown.  Remove the empanadas from the baking sheets and let cool on wire racks for 10 minutes.

  • Step 5

    Spoon the sour cream and lime juice into a food processor.  Cover and process until combined.  Add the roasted peppers, poblano chile and cilantro.  Cover and pulse until the roasted peppers are finely chopped but not puréed.  Serve with the empanadas for dipping.

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