History of the Empanada: Empanadas are a type of pastry that originated in the Mediterranean region, specifically in Spain and Portugal. They were originally filled with meat and spices and were eaten as a portable food by working-class people. The dish then spread to other countries in the Spanish empire, including South America and the Caribbean, where it became a staple food and evolved to include a variety of fillings, such as cheese, seafood, and vegetables. Today, empanadas are enjoyed all over the world and are a popular street food in many countries.