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TypeSavoury pie
Place of originMexico
Region or stateHidalgo

A paste (Spanish: [ˈpaste]) (empanada/Inglesa in other Latinamerican countries: Argentina and Guatemala, UK diaspora 1880s) is a small pastry produced in the state of Hidalgo in central Mexico and in the surrounding area.[1] They are stuffed with a variety of fillings including potatoes and ground beef, apples, pineapple, sweetened rice, or other typical Mexican ingredients, such as tinga and mole. The paste has its roots in the Cornish pasty introduced by miners and builders from Cornwall, United Kingdom who were contracted in the towns of Mineral del Monte (Real del Monte) and Pachuca in Hidalgo starting in 1824.[2]

Differences from empanadas

Unlike empanadas, but like the Cornish pasty, the filling ingredients for pastes are not cooked before they are wrapped in the pastry casing.[citation needed] Additionally, while empanadas are a light, flaky, leavened pastry containing several layers of dough, pastes use a firm and thin layer of dough.[citation needed]


The International Pasty Festival is held in Real del Monte for three days each October.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Pastes (Spanish)". Turismo del Gobierno del Estado de Hidalgo. Archived from the original on 11 June 2007.
  2. ^ Millward, David (14 November 2011). "World's first Cornish pasty museum opens in Mexico". The Daily Telegraph. UK.
  3. ^ "Festival Internacional del Paste Real del Monte 2015", Donde Hay Feria (in Spanish), retrieved 2016-08-11