Mini Football Empanadas

This empanada recipe is perfect for sharing with friends and family on game day.

TOTAL TIME20 Minutes


  • 1 lb ground chicken or beef
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ Tablespoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt (plus more to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 can chopped green chiles
  • 2 tbsp juice from 1/2 lime
  • 10 oz Fresh Cravings Restaurant Style Mild Salsa
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (Monterey jack or cheddar)
  • 2 boxes (14.1 oz) refrigerated pie crusts (2 Count)
  • Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tsp water)


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Brown the ground chicken or beef, then add onion and garlic to pan.
  2. In a side dish combine chili powder, cumin, coriander, paprika, sea salt, black pepper, and pepper flakes.
  3. When the onion is translucent, add the side dish seasoning and green chiles.
  4. Stir in Fresh Cravings Restaurant Style Salsa and cook 5-6 minutes to thicken sauce.
  5. Remove filling from heat and add cheese to the filling.
  6. Cool the filling to room temperature.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  8. For football-shaped pies:
    1. Let pie crust thaw to room temperature.
    2. Unroll one of the pie crusts.