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Tex-Mex Phyllo Napoleon

Total Time: 55 MIN Makes: 8 Napoleons
Prep Time: 35 MIN Cook Time: 20 MIN

Ground chicken, black beans, cheddar and corn find a home between layers of flaky phyllo in these Southwestern-influenced Napoleon pastries.

  • 1/2 pound ground chicken (or turkey)
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (Tabasco)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels (canned or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 20 sheets Athens® Phyllo Dough (9″x14″), thawed
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar (or Pepper Jack) cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, for garnish


Thaw one roll of phyllo dough, following thawing instructions on package. Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add chicken, onion, chili powder and cumin and cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned and onions are tender. Add diced tomatoes and hot sauce and cook another 5 minutes. Season with salt. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine beans and corn. Cook over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through. Remove from heat and set aside.

Unroll and cover phyllo with plastic wrap and then a slightly damp towel to prevent drying out. In a small saucepan, melt butter with oil over medium heat. Layer 6 phyllo sheets, brushing each with melted butter-oil mixture. Cut phyllo lengthwise into 4 equal strips and then cut each strip into 8 diamonds. There will be some extra phyllo pieces on the edges. Repeat process 3 times for a total of 32 diamonds of layered phyllo.

Place phyllo diamonds on greased baking sheet and cover with parchment paper. Place another baking sheet on top. This will prevent the phyllo from curling up. Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown. Cool.

Assemble by topping a phyllo diamond with about 2 tablespoons chicken mixture. Layer a second phyllo diamond and top with about 2 tablespoons bean and corn mixture. Layer a third phyllo diamond and top with about 2 tablespoons cheese. Top with a fourth phyllo diamond. Repeat process to make 8 Napoleons. Serve immediately.