Mushroom Chorizo Hand Pies

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There’s nothing I love more than food I can eat with my hands, hence these hand pies :D. They were the perfect snack while my friends and I waited for the food on the grill to be finished. Super simple (especially if you use store bought dough) and super flavorful with my favorite vegan chorizo ever–Trader Joe’s. As put by my friend who tasted these hand pies (and who is Mexican American, by the way), chorizo is all about the spices and this vegan chorizo has the spices totally down! He said, “I would totally buy this chorizo!” as he scarfed down, one, then two of these hand pies. 😉

That’s all for today! Have a great Labor Day weekend folks and when I return, I’ll have a nice new recipe… and a post about my new job. I’ll give you a hint, it has to do with food! 😀

Mushroom Chorizo Hand Pies

(Printable Recipe)


1 package Trader Joe’s Vegan Chorizo (or preferred brand)

1/4 white onion–diced

3 1/2 cups sliced white mushrooms

olive oil



~1/2 cup Parmesan cheese–grated

4 pie crusts

1 egg–beaten

1 teaspoon milk


*Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

*Add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil to a saute pan and heat over medium heat. Cook chorizo until slightly crunchy (~7 to 10 minutes), stirring occasionally. Set aside and let cool completely.

*Add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil to the same sauté pan and heat over medium. Add onions. Saute 2 minutes. Add mushrooms. Saute over medium until onions and mushrooms are soft (~ 5 to 7 minutes). Add a small pinch of salt and a few grinds black pepper.

*Mix the cooled chorizo with the onion/mushroom mixture and let cool completely before beginning hand pie assembly.

*Lightly spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Lightly flour counter. Roll out pie dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out circles of desired size. Add filling to center of dough circle, leaving a 1/4-1/2 inch border around the edge of the dough. Wet the edge of the dough slightly with water. Top with second dough round and seal the hand pies closed. Lightly beat egg with 1 tablespoon of water (or milk). Brush the top of the hand pies with egg wash. Add the hand pies to the cookie sheet. Bake approx. 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool and enjoy!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. OH MAN! These are empamosa-esque so you KNOW I’m already a huge fan 🙂

  2. Those look amazing! Well done!

  3. Holy cow… AMAZING!! I wish I could just grab one they look fantastic! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend~ Ramona 🙂

  4. What adorably delicious hand pies 😀

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  5. Tiffany these sound delicious! I wish I had some for dinner tonight ;)! Hope you have a fabulous Labor Day weekend :)!

  6. I’ve seen this purple orange package before in Trader Joe’s! I love mushrooms and these savory pies make my mouth water! Hope you have a fantastic long weekend Tiff!

  7. Oh Tiffany….these look sensational! I’m all for a portable pie! I’ll have to look for this mushroom chorizo when I am next at Trader Joe’s! And they do remind me of your famous empamosas! : )

  8. These remind me of the empanadas I fell in love with in Chile. I’ve yet to try the TJs chorizo – need to get on it!

  9. Thanks for the comments everyone! 😀