These empanadas by Sandra Lee are the perfect snack to serve up to friends and family for a game day viewing party!


Evite-Gatherings-Food_Sandra-Lee-World-Cup-Empanadas_330x500Serves 8



  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cups finely chopped leftover chicken, turkey, pork, or beef
  • 16-ounce jar chunky salsa
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican-blend cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 cans (16.3 ounces each) refrigerated biscuits


  • 2 cans (10 ounces each) Rotel® diced tomatoes with chiles (original or mild)
  • 1 cup frozen chopped onions
  • 1⁄2 cup roasted red bell peppers, diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Salt and black pepper


  • 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray; set aside.

  • 2

    For empanadas: In a large bowl, stir together leftover chicken, salsa, and cheese. Set aside. In a small bowl, lightly whisk together egg and the water. Set aside. Remove biscuits from cans. On a lightly floured surface, roll each biscuit to a circle 6 inches in diameter.

  • 3

    Place 1⁄4 cup of the chicken-salsa mixture off center on a rolled-out biscuit. Brush the edges of the biscuit with some of the egg mixture. Fold biscuit in half; use the tines of a fork to crimp the edges. Place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining biscuits and the remaining chicken-salsa mixture. Brush egg mixture over empanadas. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

  • 4

    Meanwhile, for ranchero sauce: In a food processor, combine tomatoes, onions, red peppers, and cumin; pulse until smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan; simmer over medium heat until ready to serve. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot empanadas with ranchero sauce.

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