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Apple Empanadas Mini Tortilla Bowls

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  • Prep 1 hr 25 min
  • Total 1 hr 25 min
  • Servings 20
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Tender cinnamon-scented apples, drizzled with a cinnamon cream and caramel sauce, inside a crispy shell, deliver all the flavour of the traditional Mexican turnover.
Created Jun 28, 2017
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  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 20 Old El Paso™ Mini Tortilla Bowls
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 6 medium Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup caramel topping


  • 1
    In deep fat fryer or heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat at least 2 inches oil to 350°F. Add 3 tablespoons of the granulated sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon to a 1-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
  • 2
    Place mini tortilla bowls in batches in preheated oil; fry 1 minute on each side, using tongs to turn boats halfway through, until lightly brown all over. Drain boats upside down on paper towel-lined cookie sheet until slightly cool; toss 4 boats at a time in cinnamon sugar to coat. Remove to cooling rack to cool completely.
  • 3
    In small bowl, beat sour cream, remaining 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon with whisk. Set aside.
  • 4
    In 12-inch nonstick skillet, mix apples, brown sugar, lemon juice, remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon and the salt over medium-high heat. Cook 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until liquid evaporates and apples are tender.
  • 5
    Divide apple mixture among fried tortilla bowls; top with cinnamon sour cream, and drizzle with caramel topping.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Pears can be substituted for apples in this recipe.
  • Tip 2
    Using a candy thermometer/deep frying thermometer helps to ensure correct temperature when frying to give best results.

Nutrition Information

190 Calories, 7g Total Fat, 1g Protein, 30g Total Carbs

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 20 servings
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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