An empanada is a type of baked or fried turnover consisting of pastry and filling, common in Southern European, Latin American, and Filipino cultures.

The name comes from the Spanish verb “empanar”, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Empanadas are made by folding dough over a stuffing, which may include a variety of meat, cheese, vegetables, or fruits, among others.

The specific ingredients and preparations of empanadas can vary widely. In different regions, the dough, fillings, and cooking methods may reflect local tastes and ingredients. For example, in Argentina and Chile, empanadas are often filled with a combination of beef, onions, egg, olives, and spices. In contrast, in the Philippines, empanadas might contain ground pork or chicken and be slightly sweeter in taste.Empanadas are enjoyed as a snack, appetizer, or meal, and can be found in numerous variations across the world, making them a versatile and popular food choice.

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