If you are a fan of hispanic food, chances are you have come across staples such as enchilades, tamales, flan and empanadas. Empanadas have steadily gained traction as as a Latin American favorite because of their portability and versatility.
Empanadas trace their origins to Galicia and Portugal. They first appeared in medieval Iberia during the time of the Moorish invasions. A cookbook published in Catalan in 1520, the Libre del Coch by Ruperto de Nola, mentions empanadas filled with seafood, however these days empanadas are filled with everything ranging from ground beef to apple pie filling.
Empanadas have recently hit the main stream after being introduced to the public by fast food conglomerate Taco Bell. The California based Taco Bell Corporation introduced its Caramel Apple Empanada in 2004 with its Big Bell Value Menu options.
John Pugh, project manager for empanadas on Taco Bell’s price value team, says the Caramel Apple Empanada is the only permanent product on the value menu identified with a photo. Sales have been consistently strong since launch, and Pugh says the item inspired by Mexican culinary tradition has become one of the brand’s best selling items since being added to the menu.
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