Are the famous “Pastes” of Pachuca a legacy of British miners?

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Pastes are a traditional dish from Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico. They are similar to empanadas but with a thinner crust. The filling is usually made of meat, potatoes, and vegetables. The dish was introduced by British miners who came to work in the mines of Hidalgo1.

The paste is made by folding the dough over the filling and crimping the edges to seal it. The traditional filling is made with beef or pork, potatoes, carrots, peas, and spices2.

The pastes are usually served with a spicy sauce called “salsa de chile de árbol” which is made from dried chile de árbol peppers2.

Pastes are an important part of the culture of Pachuca and Hidalgo. They are sold in many places throughout the city and are often eaten as a snack or for lunch2.

Source: OEM

Hidalgo Daily Post