Empanadas became popular in Portugal in the 16th century, as trade routes to India linked Portugal to Goa. Portuguese came back with a taste for the Indian Samosa. They called “Chamuças da Goa.” At first the empanada was a large pie filled with tuna, sardines, or even chouriço. And from Portugal, they traveled to Brazil, Africa, and even to Indonesia.
But today look for pasteis de carne – tasty fried treat filled with beef or chicken.