Super Easy Colombian Papa’s Rellenas with a spicy twist!

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Ah yes, the hectic holiday’s call for one thing, comfort food! My super easy Colombian Papa’s Rellenas with a spicy twist will be your go to comfort food too!

Super Easy Colombian Papa's Rellenas with a spicy twist!

I find that it is often easier to make them with left over mashed potatoes that have cooled down an hung out in the fridge over night. Something magical seems to happen to the potatoes and they seem to work better when you go to make your Papas Rellenas, which are stuffed potato croquettes.

I like to keep it simple and serve these amazing little pillows of goodness with Colombian style beans and plain white rice.

I remember eating this when I was growing up and later had the pleasure to learn how to make this with my Aunt, Amalia. This brought back so many memories and I was also very happy to learn more about Colombian cooking, so I can pass it on to my girls.


You are going to need to be comfortable with frying. If you have a deep fryer, more power to you! By all means pull it out and use that bad boy!

If you’re like me and would rather use a small dutch over to fry or a deep frying pan, then welcome to my world and follow the recipe I’ve got here for frying.


  • 3-4 c. Prepared mashed potatoes
  • 1 lb. Ground beef
  • 2 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 Onion, minced
  • 1.5 tsp. Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Tomato, minced
  • Sal & Pepper
  • 1tsp. Worstershire Sauce
  • 1.5 tsp. Tapatillo (hot sauce)
  • 1 c. Grapeseed Oil for frying
  • 1 c. Bread Crumbs, unseasoned
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. Milk
  • 1/2 c. Flour

Mix potatoes with a lightly beaten egg. Set aside.

Brown ground beef in a skillet, add onions, garlic, tomato, worstershire, hot sauce, salt and pepper.

Cook through until no longer pink. Drain & let cool before you dig in with your hands.

In a shallow bowl, whisk 2 eggs with milk. Place flour then the breadcrumbs in two other bowls to coat croquettes. Set aside.

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Grab a handful of potatoes and squish it in your hands like play dough. Make a little patty in your hand. Add a dallop of ground beef in the center and carefully start to roll potato into a ball, covering the beef and creating an oval or round shape when done.

Place on plate. Should make about 10-12 croquette’s. Refrigerate croquettes for 15 minutes.

Remove from fridge and start the coating process.


Roll croquettes in flour. Dip croquettes in egg then finish Coating in bread crumbs.

Once you’re done Coating them, place in fridge again for 15 minutes.


Warm up oil at medium heat in frying pan or Dutch oven. Place 4 croquettes in hot oil at a time. Turn on all sides until browned. It’s about 3 minutes on each side.

Remove and place on a paper towel lined paper.

Keep warm in oven or serve right away with rice, beans and salad!


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