texican turkey calzones

These are delicious. And lean. And ... Mexicany. Perfect.

It seems that I've been on a Mexican kick lately; I've just realized that. But, who's complaining? This filling meal-in-a-pocket is made with lean turkey, onions, peppers, tomatoes, garlic and yummy spices - all of which is good for you! Enjoy with spicy toppings, avocado, sour cream, cilantro and lime.

Texican Turkey Calzones
Serves 4
  • 8 oz lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 c chopped onion
  • 1/2 c green bell pepper
  • 1/2 c red bell pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 c salsa
  • Handful of fresh, chopped cilantro
  • Salt, pepper
  • 1 ball or tube of refrigerated pizza dough (about 11 oz.)
  • 3/4 c Mexican or cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 egg
  • Toppings
  1. Preheat oven to 425. Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey and cook until pink is just gone, stirring to crumble. Remove from pan, wiping out any excess fat. Add a little olive oil to the pan and add the onion through garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook about four minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Add turkey and salsa to pan. Reduce heat to low and allow to sit for a few minutes. Taste and add more cumin, chili pepper, salt and pepper if needed.
  3. Unroll or roll out dough. Divide into four equal portions. Spoon ~1/2 c portions onto the dough squares and top with 3 tbsp. cheese each (I used a shallow bowl to hold the dough for this step, as shown above). Fold dough over and pinch seams tightly. Place all four calzones on the foil-lined, greased baking sheet.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the egg. Brush egg evenly over the tops of each calzone and sprinkle with a small amount of chili powder (I also added dried parsley for color). Bake calzones for 12-13 minutes, until tops are browned and the bottoms are cooked. Serve with desired toppings.
Note: I tripled the recipe for a get-together, which is why the photos show an alarming amount of food!
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