Hispanic food has quickly become one of the most popular cuisines in the United States. Restaurants selling Mexican food, for example, earn $31 billion in annual revenues. As the population of Hispanics has risen in the United States, traditional foods from Mexico, Peru, Cuba, and other Hispanic nations have intermingled with American classics to create something new and wonderful.
Take empanadas: Named for the Spanish verb “emapanar,” meaning “to coat with bread,” empanadas originated in Spain with the Galician culture. As Spanish forces took over parts of the New World, they brought along this dish. As during those times, the empanadas made in the States have fused with local classics. Anyone who’s ever spent a summer in the U.S. knows that there are few foods more emblematic of the American summer