Jack-o'-Lantern Empanadas Recipe
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Jack-o'-Lantern Empanadas Recipe

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Your trick-or-treaters will love these spooktacular pockets with silly grins. The savory filling is perfectly spiced, and the refrigerated pastry makes prep easy.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 packages (14.1 ounces each ) refrigerated pie pastry
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add corn, onion and pepper; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in pumpkin, black beans and seasonings; heat through. Cool slightly.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, unroll pastry sheets. Cut 60 pumpkins with a 3-in. floured pumpkin-shaped or round cookie cutter, rerolling dough as necessary. Place half of the pumpkins 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets; top each with about 1 tablespoon pumpkin mixture. Using a knife, cut jack-o'-lantern faces or slits out of the remaining pastries. Place over the top of the pumpkin mixture; press edges with a fork to seal.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk egg and water; brush over pastries. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to wire racks. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Jack-o'-Lantern Empanadas in Ultimate Halloween 2016, p11

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