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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 413.7
  • Total Fat: 14.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 75.0 mg
  • Sodium: 974.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 29.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.2 g
  • Protein: 47.7 g

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Tex Mex Calzones

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Tex Mex Calzones

Introduction

An Italian favorite gets a below the border twist. Chef Meg made just a few tweaks before giving this one her seal of approval! She adds the spices early in cooking to help boost flavor and added a full pound of turkey for a more filling meal. An Italian favorite gets a below the border twist. Chef Meg made just a few tweaks before giving this one her seal of approval! She adds the spices early in cooking to help boost flavor and added a full pound of turkey for a more filling meal.
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    1 pound ground turkey, extra lean
    1/2 c onion, chopped fine
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    3/4 t ground cumin
    1 1/2 t dark chili powder
    1/2 c red bell pepper, chopped fine
    3/4 c salsa verde, fire roasted
    1 (11 oz) can pizza dough, refrigerated, thin crust (use whole wheat if you can find it)
    1 c Mexican blend cheese, shredded
    1 egg white, beaten

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Adjust oven rack to upper third of the oven.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground turkey and cook 5 minutes, stirring to crumble. Add onion and garlic; continue to cook for an additional 4-5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
Add spices and cook for 1 minute to bring out the flavors in the spices. Add chopped pepper; continue to cook 1 minute.
Remove mixture from heat and stir in salsa.
Unroll dough and divide into 4 equal portions. Working with one rectangle at a time place, 1/2 cup of turkey mixture on half of the dough then top with 2 tablespoons of cheese.
Using a pastry brush or fingers, brush the egg mixture on the border of the dough. Fold dough over turkey mixture and press with a fork to seal. If you prefer a crisp crust, brush some additional egg wash over the top of the calzone.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Lower Carb Suggestion: Individual Serving
Place 1/2 cup of turkey mixture into an oven safe ramekin dish. Top with cheese and a quarter size portion of the dough. Bake 10 minutes.







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  • 51 of 63 people found this review helpful
    Just Fyi since I am Latin American... A Calzone in spanish and to a Tex-Mexer means "underware". We already have a name in spanish for this kind of dish it is called an Empanada and can be filled with fruit but in South America and Cuba they are usually filled with meats and cheese. :) - 9/29/09

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  • Incredible!
    39 of 40 people found this review helpful
    Easy to make, great taste! (So good even the kids ate it!) Will most likely become a family favorite.

    Thank you Chef Meg :) - 8/5/09

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  • Very Good
    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
    I switched it up a bit, used tofu, increased spice slightly, used Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Pizza Dough, and 2% cheese and skim Mozzarella [1/2 & 1/2]. It was Yummy, and a hit in the house! - 9/13/09

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  • Incredible!
    29 of 31 people found this review helpful
    We had this for dinner tonight and it was a keeper! Everybody loved it...didn't even get any complaints about the low sodium content. I made the crust using a whole wheat thin crust dough recipe on this site and it turned out great. Will definitely be making this again! - 8/3/09

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  • 25 of 26 people found this review helpful
    KRZYKAT3: You can eliminate much of the sodium by using a homemade salsa instead of the jarred variety. - 8/5/09

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  • 23 of 23 people found this review helpful
    OMG - I Loved it! I didn't have Chili Powder, so I used Mrs. Dash Southwestern seasoning instead...it was still great! - 9/22/09

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  • Incredible!
    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
    Thank you for this recipe! I can't believe how much food this was. I baked as pizza because I had trouble getting dough rolled out. Added shredded lettuce after baking. - 9/5/09

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  • 16 of 18 people found this review helpful
    The sodium comes from the cheese, find low sodium;works well with shredded pork,beef,chicken and make own salsa to reduce sodium too. - 9/29/09

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  • 16 of 35 people found this review helpful
    A person won't die from eating a higher sodium recipe now and then folks!! - 9/13/09

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  • Very Good
    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
    I used veggie crumbles instead of the ground meat, and used egg beater instead of egg. Got whole wheat dough from Trader Joe's. Turned out great except had to cook a little longer to get the dough cooked through. - 9/17/09

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  • Incredible!
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    Very tasty! I had to count up the calories of the ingredients for myself because I couldn't believe something this good and filling could be low calorie. I agree with leaving out the cheese, though... it melted so much it kind of disappeared. But I didn't miss it. It was great! - 8/28/09

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  • Incredible!
    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! I made my own dough, added corn and sprinkled the top with garlic pepper and parsley flakes. Turned out perfectly! - 9/29/09

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  • Incredible!
    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
    I don't give this rating very easily---thanks Chef Meg!! - 8/21/09

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  • 12 of 16 people found this review helpful
    You could also cut some of the fat & calories by using low-fat cheese. I'd add more veggies to increase the fiber, maybe replace some of the turkey with black beans to cut more calorie. - 8/19/09

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I made this for my husband and a few friends, none of whom are watching what they eat. They absolutely loved it and my friend's husband was surprised when he asked where I'd found the recipe. The guys insisted that I leave a comment and rating. This is a definite do-again meal. Sweet! - 3/24/10

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  • Very Good
    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
    One of the better recipes I've tried - 8/8/09

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  • 10 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Very yummy I served it on a bed of lettuce and served it with refried beans. Very Very Yummy!!! - 9/22/09

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
    thanks so much.. can't there be more recipes with lower sodium? - 8/29/09

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  • 9 of 16 people found this review helpful
    What ingredient is all of the sodium in. This is A LOT of sodium! - 9/13/09

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  • Very Good
    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Nobody complained about eating ground turkey instead of ground beef. It was a little too high in sodium for our tastes. - 8/31/09

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  • Very Good
    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
    great flavor - tastes like "real food" ;-)
    next time I need to make sure I get the lean turkey and some lower sodium salsa - 8/15/09

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I'll head to Trader Joe's to get the whole wheat pizza dough for next time. This time I improvised by using bisquick dough. this makes it less healthy and higher calories. The result was like a Cornish pasty. YUM. I also used 2% cheese. I couldn't taste the cheese so I will omit next time. - 9/27/09

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I made this last week and my DH and I both loved it. I used the leftovers as wraps in flour tortillas. Great. - 9/22/09

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I've made these a few times now ~ different variations and they're great!! No need to buy take-out anymore!! They are more like panzarotti (if that's how you spell it!). - 9/22/09

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  • 7 of 10 people found this review helpful
    oh boy this is good - 9/13/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Simply amazing!! - 9/13/09

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  • Very Good
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This was so good! The whole family enjoyed and they wanted to know when I would make it again! - 9/2/09

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  • 6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    My family loved this recipe - and with the egg white brushed on top, my calzones turned out as prettily as Chef Meg's! There wasn't much taste of cheese - so I might leave it out altogether next time. A very nice Friday meal!! - 8/21/09

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  • Good
    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Good recipe, but I agree that its high in sodium.
    To reduce sodium, make your own salsa & choose cheese that isn't mexican blend.
    For those of you saying it's not that high, its nearly 50% of your daily recommended. At one sitting, that is VERY high! Some have health reasons for wanting it lower. - 10/27/09

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    We just had this for dinner and it was great!!! Easy to prepare and delicious. We made ours with roasted tomatoes, (no salsa) ground chicken instead of turk, and whole wheat pizza crust . - 9/13/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    My family loved this recipe so much that I made mini ones the next day for a football party. Great meal. - 10/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I tried it with venison hamburger. It was great. Picky eater approved! - 9/23/09

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  • 4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Very good! Btw I made it just as stated and I stilled stayed within my sodium range for the day, so its not THAT high people! Me and my BF both liked them and I will definitely be eating the leftovers for lunch or dinner tomorrow! :) - 9/22/09

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  • 3 of 11 people found this review helpful
    One issue I've always had with spark's dailyblog recommendations and recipes is the sodium content. It is consistently far too high! I'd appreicate if the AWESOME sparkteam tries to reduce sodium in their suggestions every now and then! Thanks! - 10/27/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Made this tonight for dinner. Pretty yummy. I got in a hurry & forgot to put the cheese inside so I just put it on top after they were done and popped them back in the oven for a couple of minutes to melt it. - 10/27/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    My husband and I LOVED this recipe. Our kids are a bit more picky, so they ate it, but complained it was too spicy for them. Either way, it's definitely a keeper in my recipe rotation!!! - 10/27/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Youngest DD has severe spice allergy, so left them out, as well as the salsa and just used my homemade spaghetti sauce. Also left out the cheese & added celery, carrots, zuchini and mushrooms. Everyone loved it, and wanted more! Have made it several times now - it's a family favourite now! - 9/29/09

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  • 3 of 8 people found this review helpful
    How could it be made to be lower in sodium? - 9/29/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This is wonderful!!!!! - 9/29/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    So easy. It's great for kids. - 9/29/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I made this for me and my husband a couple weeks ago and really liked it! It was a fun and healthy alternative to a pizza night. - 9/29/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Easy to make, wonderful to eat! - 9/19/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    my family doesn't like mexican flavored anything, except tacos, but I love Mexican food. Usually I cant have alot because I go over board but these were great, and I even shared with my realatives and they loved them. By the way, if you dont like that much sodium, use low sodium version ingredients - 9/17/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    My husband and I loved these! The kids thought they were too spicy, but what do they know:) I made my own whole wheat pizza dough and the egg white on top made them perfect! - 9/15/09

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  • Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    My daughter and I liked this, my husband didn't care for it. Will probably only make again when he's out of town or not home for supper. - 9/13/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I made these tonight, and my husband loved it! I couldn't find the WW pizza dough, but I'll keep looking. That would really make a nice enhancement. - 8/11/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    The cheese got lost in the filling, it was a waste of calories. Also, if there's only 2 T cheese per calzone, that adds up to 1/2 cup, but the recipe calls for a full cup. I'd rather some sour cream or guacamole on the side. Otherwise, this tasted great! - 5/26/10

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  • 2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Way too much sodium. Many of Chef Meg's recipes while healthier are very high in sodium. - 4/12/10

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    DELICIOUS! You couldn't tell it was turkey! I took the turkey off the heat AS SOON as it was no longer pink (Won't get too "chewy" this way) Could have used a little more cheese for my taste- but I could add cheese to everything.
    Great recipe- definitly a make again! - 10/29/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Really good, a keeper. - 10/27/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Loved them! I made some with cheese and some without and it was great both ways. All you need is one and you are full. Husband even loved them and said I can make it any time. He even took the leftovers to work for lunch - a real compliment! - 10/26/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This was AWESOME!!!! My 5 year old who typically doesn't like spicy stuff actually asked for more! lol (I had only given him 1/3 of a calzone to try it first.) When I told two other people about it they tried it and said everything was GONE! YUMMY!!! THANKS! - 10/7/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    My whole family liked this. Even when my picky son tore it apart to look at the contents - he still enjoyed it! - 10/6/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Delicious!!! I will definitely make this recipe again. - 9/29/09

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  • Good
    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Thanx for the recipe. - 9/29/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    GReat - 9/22/09

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  • 2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Thanks Chef........ - 9/13/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    just wonderful wil be making this many times thx - 9/13/09

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  • 2 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Looks great...will be trying this one. Just a suggestion to the folks complaining about the sodium....you could try reading over the recipe for sodium content BEFORE making it. - 9/13/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    So great! I used whole wheat tortillas instead of using the pizza dough and it was delicious! - 10/29/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is very good! I made several substitutions, though, based on what I had on hand. :p I used 1/2 pk. taco seasoning instead of individual spices. Also used only half the meat but added southwestern style corn (steam fresh bag). Very good! I plan to make this a vegan dish later on! YUM! - 2/15/11

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    For someone who doesn't enjoy cooking, this recipe was pretty simple to make. I made it for a Valentine's dinner for my fiance and he LOVED it! I cooked with Great Value brand Peach Pineapple salsa to give it a sweet and spicy kick. Though I don't think my kids would like it, I'll def make it again! - 2/15/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    My wife subbed Medium Picante sauce for the salsa verde and they turned out awesome. Will definitely be having again! - 2/1/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    If you have a Trader Joe's in your area, they have pre-made whole wheat pizza dough in their refridgerator section...all you have to do is roll it out. yummy! - 11/13/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    My husband and I really enjoyed these! They were still great for lunch the next day. I will definitely be making these again. We love spicy food so I am going to add some jalepeno next time! These are great for satisfying my urge for Mexican! - 9/26/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Even better when re-heated! - 8/27/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds so good! I'm going to make it this coming weekend! - 7/13/10

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  • Bad
    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I thought the meat to veggie ratio in this dish was way off - far too much meat. Also, if you use 1 pound of meat, & you are supposed to put only 4 times 1/2 cup of filling into the calzones, you end up with tons of filling left over! Not a well-planned recipe at all. I will not make this again. - 5/24/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Tasty and not too salty really... We used a regular jar of salsa that was Muir Wooods Garlic and cilantro and we also used 99% lean turkey. Definitely a meal that will be around our home for many years to come! - 5/10/10

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I couldn't find premade pizza dough at my grocery store, so I used frozen bun dough, thawed and rolled into large circles; also couldn't find salsa verde so used regular salsa. I had leftover filling though, even making 12 small calzones with the frozen bun dough. - 5/6/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Could these be made and frozen before baking? - 5/4/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is a family new fav! We love calzones and this is easy and a lot healthier! - 3/28/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    It was great will make it again in the near future. - 3/22/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    It was a pain in my rear to make, I had a lot of trouble with the pizza dough. But in the end it turned out okay, even though it looked like a 7 year old attempted to make it LOL. - 1/22/10

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    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Excellent!! - 10/4/09

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    sounds really good - 9/29/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    IT IS A TERRIFIC RECIPE. I DON'T KNOW ANYONE WHO CAN TELL THE TURKEY BURGER FROM THE HAMBURGER. ESPECIALLY WITH THE SPICES. USE EXTRA LOW CAL CHEESE AND FF SOUR CREAM. IT IS GREAT! THANKS. - 9/29/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I can't wait to serve the grandkids. - 9/29/09

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  • Only needed half of the filling (no more would fit). I also added seasoning the way I would for tacos. Pretty good overall! - 4/1/14

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  • This was absolutely awesome! Will definitely be making this again! - 1/24/14

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  • Loved this. I used ' Jennys whole wheat pizza dough' (http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-det
    ail.asp?recipe=62288). Very nice and really filling. - 1/21/14

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  • just as Brandon explained I'm amazed that anyone able to make $8075 in 4 weeks on the internet . have a peek at this website........ www.Tec202.com - 1/17/14

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  • Super fun and tasty :)! - 1/10/14

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  • I really liked this - 11/29/13

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  • My son made these for dinner over the weekend. We loved the taste. But did anyone else have a problem with the pizza dough? We had trouble rolling it out and then we had more meat than room on the dough. Not sure what we did wrong but unless we can figure it out, we won't be making it again. - 11/6/13

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  • very good and made for a good leftover lunch the next day - 7/28/13

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  • Pretty good, I think if might have been better with some more Mexican toppings in it- tomatoe beans etc. will try next time! - 7/1/13

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  • I also make these with whatever leftover meat and veggies I have on hand,,,love it! - 6/29/13

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  • Loved it, - I added more spices and salsa to zip it up more - 6/20/13

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  • Made these for dinner last night. So quick, super easy, and delicious!! My 6 year old granddaughter loved them. Will definitely be making these again. - 5/24/13

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  • This is one of my favorite recipes from this site! Thank you, Chef Meg! - 5/15/13

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  • This was very yummy made it with pizza sauce instead of salsa. - 4/4/13

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  • This was excellent! My only problem was with the crust. It seemed I had too much filling to put in the specified amount. They weren't very pretty, but they were delicious! - 4/3/13

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  • The entire family liked this recipe. We had some french bread as a side. It's hard for me to find food with any flavor that my nine year old son will eat and enjoy. This was a keeper recipe! - 2/12/13

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  • My family loved this, and we were dreaming up a variety of ingredients for future "calzones" while eating them! My son thinks we should have chicken quesadilla ones next. I did use the whole wheat thin pizza crust recipe as well, and my hubby was very impressed. Thanks! - 2/4/13

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  • Tastey, quick and easy recipe. I might try my own dough next time or the one recommended below - a whole wheat thin crust on Spark People. - 2/3/13

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  • This is so good. I have made this same recipe as pizza as well. I have also tried it with Turkey sausage. So good! - 1/28/13

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  • Tasty, flavorful, and easy. - 11/15/12

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  • It was delicious. Smelled and looked beautiful. I had a lot of meat left over after scooping what it said to scoop onto the dough so if you are capable of scooping more, u should! I think the cheese was necessary because it balanced the spice but that is my personal preference. - 11/11/12

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  • For those worried about the salt, you may be surprised that a major source of sodium is the pizza crust dough. Type that into the recipe calculator, one serving is 420 mg by itself. Then the salsa, and the cheese as already mentioned. - 10/20/12

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