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Healthy Beef Empanada Recipe

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Bite it! HG's Big 'n Beefy Empanadas
HG's Big 'n Beefy Empanadas

Need a 'Panada?

These portion-controlled beef pies are hearty, tasty, guilt-free and, oh yeah, HUGE! Prepare your face for a giant smile of satisfaction...

Ingredients:
8 oz. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
1 cup finely chopped broccoli cole slaw
1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp. chopped garlic
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 package Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet
Optional toppings: salsa, fat-free sour cream

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add beef, broccoli slaw, bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Cook and crumble for 6 - 8 minutes, until beef is fully cooked and veggies are slightly soft.

Transfer beef mixture to a large bowl. Add tomato paste, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix thoroughly.

Roll out dough into a large rectangle of even thickness. Cut sheet lengthwise into two even pieces. Cut each piece widthwise into thirds, leaving you with six rectangular pieces of dough. Thinly roll out each rectangle.

Arrange dough pieces with the shorter sides on the right and left. Evenly distribute beef mixture among the centers.

One piece of dough at a time, fold and stretch the lower left corner to meet the upper right corner. Press edges firmly to enclose the beef mixture. (Your empanadas will be super stuffed!) With a fork, press edges to crimp and seal. Carefully transfer to the baking sheet.

Bake until dough is golden brown, about 12 minutes. Enjoy!

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1 empanada (1/6th of recipe)
Calories: 187
Fat: 6.5g
Sodium: 430mg
Carbs: 20g
Fiber: 1.5g
Sugars: 4.5g
Protein: 10.5g

PointsPlus® value 5*

Fight it! Beef Empanada, Average
Beef Empanada, Average

Empa' No-No

Savory pastries don't always get as much attention as sweet ones, but they're incredibly delicious and loved by many (including us). Sadly, one of our favorites -- the beef empanada -- typically features a high-fat crust (sometimes deep fried!) and an even fattier filling. There are many variations worldwide, but the stats generally remain the same: SCARY. Still, the combination of crisp buttery dough and zesty beef filling can be so hard to resist! All of this talk about beef empanadas is making us HUNGRY, so we'll cut right to the chase. We've given 'em a mega makeover. Our take on the beloved meat pastry calls for some of our very favorite guilt-free ingredients: extra-lean ground beef (for classic beef goodness), broccoli cole slaw (for filling fiber), and our go-to premade dough (for ultimate convenience). What you get is a batch of totally large, totally tasty, totally easy empanadas that are totally worthy of your taste buds' devotion. Enjoy!

Serving Size: 1 empanada
Calories: 456
Fat: 27g
Sodium: 717mg
Carbs: 42g
Fiber: 1.5g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 10g

PointsPlus® value 12*

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