Taco Empanadas Recipe

Taco Empanadas Recipe

How To Make Taco Empanadas

Level up your tacos and turn them into taco empanadas with this recipe. Put the ground turkey meat filling into an empanada disc and there you have it!

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 45 minutes



  • ½lb93% ground turkey
  • ½tspgarlic powder
  • ½tspcumin
  • ½tspkosher salt
  • ¼tspchili powder
  • ¼tsppaprika
  • ¼tsporegano
  • ¼small onion,minced
  • 1tbspbell pepper,minced
  • 2tbspwater
  • 2canned tomato sauce,¼ can
  • 5tbsppart-skim shredded Mexican cheese blend

For Dough:

  • 5ozunbleached all purpose,or whole wheat flour
  • tspbaking powder
  • ¾tspkosher salt,use less if using table salt
  • 1cupnon-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1whole egg,beaten


  1. Brown turkey in a large skillet, breaking it into smaller pieces as it cooks.

  2. When no longer pink, add dry seasoning and mix well.

  3. Add the onion, pepper, water, and tomato sauce. Cover.

  4. Simmer on Low for about 15 minutes, uncover. Simmer for about 8 to 12 minutes until dry.

  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  6. Place parchment paper or a silpat on a baking sheet. If using parchment paper, spray with oil to avoid sticking.

  7. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk well.

  8. Add the yogurt and mix with a fork or spatula until well combined.

  9. Lightly dust flour on a work surface and remove dough from the bowl. Knead the dough a few times until dough is tacky, but not sticky, about 15 turns. It should not leave the dough on your hand when you pull away.

  10. Place on a floured work surface and roll the dough out until it’s very thin. Cut circles about 4¾ inches; cut out as many rounds as you can.

  11. With the remaining dough, roll out and form into more rounds.

  12. Place 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture on each round topped with ½ tablespoon of cheese.

  13. Brush the edges with egg. Wash then fold the edge over and crimp with a fork.

  14. Transfer to the baking sheet and brush the tops with egg wash.

  15. Bake in the center of the oven for about 22 minutes, or until golden


  • Calories: 94.73kcal
  • Fat: 4.96g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.13g
  • Trans Fat: 0.12g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1.44g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.73g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.64g
  • Fiber: 0.58g
  • Sugar: 1.73g
  • Protein: 10.14g
  • Cholesterol: 40.95mg
  • Sodium: 219.58mg
  • Calcium: 152.04mg
  • Potassium: 163.24mg
  • Iron: 0.69mg
  • Vitamin A: 40.54µg
  • Vitamin C: 4.28mg
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