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Papas Rellenas

Papas Rellenas are stuffed mashed potato balls, popular in Cuba and many other countries. They are filled with picadillo, a beef filling, and then fried. They are crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and absolute heaven.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, street food
Cuisine Cuban
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 22 Papas Rellenas
Calories 108kcal


  • 2 lb russet potatoes peeled and chopped into eighths
  • Water
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • ½ recipe for Cuban Picadillo
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • Sunflower oil or Vegetable Oil for Frying


Stovetop Potatoes Method

  • Place the potatoes in a large pot. Fill with enough water to cover the potatoes. Cover with a lid and bring the water to a boil. Allow to boil until the potatoes are easily pierced by a fork, about 15 minutes.

Instant Pot Potatoes Method

  • Place 2 cups of water and your chopped potatoes into your Instant Pot and secure the lid. Turn the pressure to HIGH and cook for 6 minutes. When the cooking cycle is complete, perform a Quick Release
  • When the potatoes are tender, drain the water. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes. Add the milk, garlic, salt and pepper. Use the masher to mash until the potatoes are smooth.
  • In your hand, use about 2 tbsp of mashed potatoes. Form them into your hand, in a bowl shape. Place a spoonful of picadillo in the center of the bowl. Fold the mashed potatoes over, closing the picadillo inside.
  • Whisk the egg in a separate bowl. Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl.
  • Roll each mashed potato ball in the whisked egg. Then roll it in the breadcrumbs.
  • Heat the oil to about 375 degrees. Place each breaded mashed potato ball in the oil and allow to fry for about 2 minutes on each side until it turns golden brown. Enjoy


Recipe copyright The Foreign Fork. For educational or personal use only. 


Serving: 1Papa Rellena | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 253mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg