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Pastelon Empanadas

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Pastelon Empanadas
  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 1 hr 25 min
  • Ingredients 11
  • Servings 8
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Classic Puerto Rican Pastelon takes the form of empanadas using Pillsbury™ crescent rolls.
By Mika Leon
Updated Nov 15, 2022

Ingredients

  • 4 oz frozen sweet fried plantains (about 3/4 cup, from 11-oz package)
  • 1/2 lb ground beef (at least 80% lean)
  • 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce (from 8-oz can)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (3 oz)
  • 2 cans (8 oz) refrigerated Pillsbury™ Original Crescent Rolls (8 Count)
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten

Steps

  • 1
    In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook plantains over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, turning once, until heated through. Transfer to cutting board and let cool, then finely chop. Clean out skillet.
  • 2
    In same skillet, cook beef, bell pepper and onion over medium-high heat 4 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is cooked through. Drain.
  • 3
    Add tomato sauce, garlic powder, cumin and salt; reduce heat to low. Cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently, to combine flavors. Transfer to medium bowl; stir in chopped plantains and cheese; cover and refrigerate 15 minutes.
  • 4
    Heat oven to 400°F. Line 2 large cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper, or spray with cooking spray. Unroll 1 can of dough, and separate into 4 rectangles; firmly press perforations to seal. Cut each rectangle in half to form 8 total squares; place on 1 cookie sheet, spaced at least 1 inch apart. Repeat with second can of dough.
  • 5
    Spoon 2 tablespoons beef mixture in center of each square. Carefully fold dough over filling to form a triangle; firmly press edges with fork to seal. Brush tops of triangles with beaten egg.
  • 6
    Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until golden brown and hot in center (at least 165°F).

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Make these ahead! Assemble, cover and refrigerate up to 2 hours before baking.
  • tip 2
    Feel free to use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef.
  • tip 3
    If desired, cook the plantains in the oven or microwave, instead of on the stovetop. Follow package directions for heating.
  • tip 4
    Serve with salsa, fresh cilantro and sour cream, if desired.

Nutrition Information

320 Calories, 15g Total Fat, 12g Protein, 31g Total Carbohydrate, 10g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 Empanadas
Calories
320
Calories from Fat
140
Total Fat
15g
24%
Saturated Fat
7g
33%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
45mg
16%
Sodium
620mg
26%
Potassium
200mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
31g
10%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
10g
Protein
12g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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