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Southwest Spanakopita Bites

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min.


2 dozen (1/2 cup sauce)

I'm a big fan of the Southwest-style egg rolls served at restaurants and wanted to re-create them without the fat of deep frying. Phyllo dough was the solution! For a main dish, I fill small flour tortillas with the filling and bake. —Marianne Shira, Osceola, Wisconsin
Southwest Spanakopita Bites Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese or Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 sheets phyllo dough (14x9 inches)
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/3 cup cubed avocado
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons white vinegar


  1. In a small skillet, saute red pepper and onion in oil until tender. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in 1/2 cup spinach (save the rest for another use). Stir in the cheese, corn, beans, jalapeno, cumin, chili powder and salt.
  2. Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough on a work surface with a short end facing you. (Keep remaining phyllo covered with a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.) Spray sheet with butter-flavored spray; cut into three 14x3-in. strips.
  3. Place a scant tablespoon of filling on lower corner of each strip. Fold dough over filling, forming a triangle. Fold triangle up, then over, forming another triangle. Continue folding, like a flag, until you come to the end of the strip.
  4. Spritz end of dough with spray and press onto triangle to seal. Turn triangle and spritz top with spray. Repeat with remaining phyllo and filling.
  5. Place triangles on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, mash avocado with the mayonnaise, sour cream and vinegar. Serve with warm appetizers.
Peppers (Hot)
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer with 1 teaspoon sauce: 50 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 103mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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