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Easy Chicken Taco Empanadas

These Chicken Taco Empanadas are small bites easily prepared with simple ingredients such as store-bought pie crusts, chicken seasoned with taco seasoning, pico de gallo, and cheese. They can be served with guacamole or salsa verde, making an excellent appetizer for Cinco de Mayo, parties, and other celebrations.

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Cacique Inc. and Society Culinaria. Thank you, friends, for supporting the brands that I work with and love! 

Cinco de Mayo? Yep, yep, yep… We’ve got you covered! These baked Chicken Taco Empanadas make the most delicious and festive small bites ever.  Just imagine how scrumptious it will be to enjoy them along with a margarita– it will  positively scream FIESTA,  all the way!!!  And you know what?  They can be fully prepared within 35-40 minutes. What, was that a ‘viva’ or ‘olé that I just heard?

Our Chicken Taco Empanadas are made with simple ingredients: store-bought pie crusts, chicken seasoned with taco seasoning, pico de gallo, and of course,  Cacique Queso Quesadilla .

All one needs to do is to cut the thawed pie crusts into rounds using a cooking cutter…

Then, cook the seasoned chicken fillets in oil and red wine vinegar or lime juice. Shred the chicken and mix with pico de gallo (a mixture of  diced tomatoes, jalapeno, onion, and cilantro).

And last, fill the pie crust rounds with a bit of the chicken/pico de gallo mixture and cheese crumbs, fold the crust, brush with an egg wash, and bake them for 7-10 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Voila! — they are ready to be devoured, either by themselves or accompanied by guacamole or salsa verde… and if desired, a margarita or other drink of your choice.

The Cacique Queso Quesadilla used in this recipe can easily be located here.  Just click on the product and type in your zip code to locate  availability in stores near you.

For over 40 years Cacique has remained a family-owned company dedicated to producing the highest quality authentic products. Cacique produces Mexican-style products using only the finest ingredients and authentic recipes.

Queso Quesadilla is part of their delicious line of artisanal cheeses… it’s wonderfully nutty and buttery, making it a fabulous melting cheese for our empanadas, as well as for quesadillas and other dishes. As you can see, it’s a versatile cheese that can be used in place of most melting cheeses — similar to Monterey Jack cheese.

Queso Quesadilla goes very well in these Chicken Taco Empanadas. There is only one problem here: you may find yourself eating too many of them!  😉

Click on the recipe link below, make them to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style, and enjoy!


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7 Responses to Easy Chicken Taco Empanadas

  1. Deb|EastofEdenCooking May 6, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

    I keep pie dough in my freezer, that way I’m always ready to bake when inspiration arrives! These savoy empanadas would put my stash of pie dough to good use, they are fabulous.

  2. Sugar et al. May 7, 2017 at 7:24 am #

    Adorable little empanadas and as always a clever little twist from you that makes them irresistible. Love these!

  3. Raymund May 8, 2017 at 2:36 am #

    That indeed looks easy, I can be a pro in making those delicious morsels. Yum!!!!

  4. Little Cooking Tips May 11, 2017 at 3:03 am #

    Super yummy recipe! Kudos Denise! Plus, it’s very very easy to replicate! On the description it seems that you missed mentioning the cheese crumbles (“And last, fill the pie crust rounds with a bit of the chicken/pico de gallo mixture, fold the crust”) though, right?
    Thank you so much for another beautiful recipe!
    Sending you our love,
    Mirella and Panos

    • Denise Browning May 11, 2017 at 8:16 am #

      It was mentioned in the recipe although skipped in the article text. Thank you for pointing it out. I have corrected that part.
      I hope you can make these and enjoy. I need to bake another batch soon. My family and I are big fans of empanadas… and these became my husband’s favorite. Take care!

  5. Vivian August 16, 2017 at 1:16 am #

    These look so delicious. I think I should make more than for one meal and freeze the leftover for next time:)
    It will help us save time. And we can enjoy chicken taco empanadas whenever we want 🙂

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