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Air Fryer Hand Pies

So easy to make and super delicious, these Hand Pies made in the Air fryer are amazing. Perfect for Holiday parties, after school snacks or any get-togethers.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer appetizers, air fryer hand pies, hand pies, vegetarian holiday appetizers
Servings: 6
Author: simplyvegetarian777

Equipment

  • Mealthy Multipot & CrispLid
  • Air Fryer
  • Chopping board and knife
  • cookie cutter

Ingredients

  • 1 packet Pie Crust thawed completely
  • 1/2 cup Corn kernels thawed or microwaved for 3-4 minutes
  • 2 tbsp Salsa mild/medium/hot
  • 2 tbsp Con Queso or use Taco/Mexican cheese
  • 3-4 slices Jalapenos pickled or fresh, finely chopped
  • 1 fat pinch Cayenne pepper powder
  • 1/4 tsp Taco seasoning

Instructions

  • Gather all your ingredients.

Prepare the Filling

  • Thaw the frozen corn in the microwave. Mix all the ingredients of the filling & the corn. The filling is ready.

Prepare the Pie Shells for Hand Pies

  • Whenever you plan to make this recipe, make sure to take out the frozen pie shell and thaw at room temperature. Or follow the instructions given on the package. 1 box has 2 pie shells. Open or roll out 1 shell. Cut out 3 inches circles out of it with a cookie-cutter.
  • You will get about 14-15 circles from each shell and a total of 28-30 circles from 2 shells. Set them aside.

Preparing the Mini Hand Pies

  • Place 1 tsp full of filling in the center of 1 pie circle. Now gently put another pie circle on top. Press down the corners tight either by a finger or a fork. (Watch the Video)

Air Fryer Option (watch the video)

  • Spray the basket of the air fryer with Oil Spray. Place 4-5 hand pies inside the basket. Cook them in the air-fryer for 10-12 minutes at 390*F or till you get the desired golden color on it.
  • Flip it after 7-8 minutes for even cooking from both sides. These are ready.

INSTANT POT AIR FRYER LID OPTION

  • Follow the same instructions as Air fryer. Cook these for 10-12 minutes at 390*F till you get the desired color on top. Flip these after 7-8 minutes for even cooking from both sides. These are ready. 

Mealthy Crisp Lid Option (watch the video)

  • I have used Deep Basket for this recipe. You may use the one that you have. The deep basket gives the food enough time to get cooked from inside and not burning it from outside. 
  • Place the inside pot inside your 6 quarts Mealthy Multipot or Instant Pot and put the high trivet that comes with the basket. Now put the DEEP CRISP BASKET and spray with the oil spray. Place 5-6 hand pies inside the basket. Place the CrispLid on top and plug it in. Cook it for 10-12 minutes at 400*F till you get the desired color on top. Flip these after 7-8 minutes for even cooking from both sides. These are ready. 

Oven Bake Option

  • Preheat the oven at 400*F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place all the 14-15 hand pies on it. Bake for about 12-15 minutes till you get the desired color. Flip them after 8 minutes to get them evenly cooked from both the sides.

Some other Stuffing Suggestions

  • Now this recipe is Tex Mex flavored, but the possibilities are numerous. Here are some suggestions -
    1. Pizza filling with marinara, cheese, chopped vegetables 2. Broccoli & cheesePeas & spices 3. Spinach & cheese 4. Apples, sugar & cinnamon 5. Peaches & jam 6.chopped nuts, sugar, coconut and many more.

Can I freeze these?

  • You can prepare the pies and freeze them in a tray and then store them in the freezer friendly bag. Bake or cook as desired.

How to store the leftovers?

  • You can store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator. And just warm these up in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes before eating.

Can I make these Vegan?

  • In my opinion, anything can be "veganized" these days. Look for vegan pie crust and skip the con queso or use a vegan queso or vegan cheese. Substitute accordingly and make these Vegan Hand Pies.