These taco pies are easier to handle than those regular tacos you need two hands to keep the the shells from cracking and the fillings from falling out. Pico de gallo and pepper Jack cheese round out the flavors of the taco beef. Taco hand pies are perfect for parties and on-the-go meals. Serve with picante sauce for dipping.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 hand pies
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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  • Mix tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, and garlic salt together in a mixing bowl.

  • Cook and stir beef in a saute pan over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain fat and return beef to the pan. Add water and taco seasoning; stir thoroughly until fully incorporated and water has been absorbed, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomato mixture and pepper Jack cheese,

  • Lightly flour a work surface. Roll each empanada wrapper out to a 6-inch circle. Scoop 1/3 cup beef filling onto the center of each wrapper. Fold each wrapper in half to enclose the filling. Crimp edges with a fork to seal. Pierce the top of each pie twice with a fork. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.

  • Whisk egg and water together to make egg wash. Brush egg wash over the tops of the pies.

  • Bake on the middle rack of the preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

226 calories; protein 11.7g 23% DV; carbohydrates 22.9g 7% DV; fat 9.9g 15% DV; cholesterol 43.5mg 15% DV; sodium 438.5mg 18% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2020
I liked it! and will do it again, I agree with Mark, add more jalapeno and leave some seeds for more of a kick, of course if you like heat, another thing I'll change, it called for 3 tbsp of taco seasoning, I'll try 4. oh I made my own empanada dough, found the recipe on Layla Pujol web site. Thanks for the recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2020
I liked it! and will do it again, I agree with Mark, add more jalapeno and leave some seeds for more of a kick, of course if you like heat, another thing I'll change, it called for 3 tbsp of taco seasoning, I'll try 4. oh I made my own empanada dough, found the recipe on Layla Pujol web site. Thanks for the recipe Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2019
Great recipe and pretty easy to make. I would just pump up the amount of jalapeño pepper to increase the kick if you want it hotter like I do. Also I sprayed the sheet to make them come off easier. Read More
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