In Ladino, the Spanish-Jewish dialect, "pastel" means "stuffed dough."

Pastelicos are small stuffed patties, the pride of Sephardic Jewish cooks. Many varieties exist, ranging from the Borekas of Turkey in the Balkans to the pasteles of the Jewish community in Greece until World War II.

It is customary to serve them with hard-boiled eggs and spicy chopped salad.