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Rellenos de Papa Recipe

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Rellenos de papa, stuffed mashed potato, is a fried crispy potato ball filled with ground beef (picadillo) that you are going to love!

I love this recipe; it is one of my favorites, and it can be created in many ways. Of course, we will cover them below.

Can you use flour or cornstarch to make Rellenos de papa?

You can use flour or cornstarch or both to create rellenos de papas. There are many ways to make these recipes, and this means there is no wrong way!

What do you fill rellenos de papa?

Fried mashed potatoes are most of the time filled picadillo, Puerto Rican picadillo (ground beef); still, you can fill them with seafood, you can even add cheese and so much more.

On our site, we have a delicious Cuban picadillo recipe that would go well with this recipe.

What do you serve rellenos de papa?

You served them hot with mayoketchup on the side for dipping, and they are amazing.

Can you make relleno de papas using instant mashed potatoes?

Yes, you can use instant potatoes to make this recipe. Use the ingredients below:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 7 tablespoons margarine
  • salt and pepper
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups instant potato flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

For step by step process, click this link and learn how to prepare the masa of the rellenos the papa using instant mashed potatoes.

Can you make ahead relleno de papas?

You can make fried stuffed mashed potatoes ahead by creating them in advance, shape the balls, and place in the fridge for up to 2 days. Once you are ready to serve them, just deep fry them. Also, if you need to keep them warm, just place them in the oven at a very low temp.

Can you freeze rellenos de papa?

Yes, you can freeze rellenos de papa by following these steps below:

  • Place the uncooked potato balls in a cookie sheet and flash freeze for a few minutes, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the freeze.
  • Wrap each potato ball with saran wrap then aluminum foil.
  • Once you are done getting your potato balls freezer-ready, please place them in the freezer but make sure they are on a flat surface to help them hold their shape.
  • Allow them to freeze thoroughly and then place them together in a freeze friendly bag or container. Make sure you label them; I have made that mistake. The potato balls should be good frozen for a long time.

How to thaw frozen rellenos de papa

To thaw frozen stuffed potato balls, place them in the refrigerator 24 hours or overnight before frying them. This is important because if you don’t, you will have a liquid mess. Meaning it will lose water FAST from the mashed potatoes.

Once you have thawed them in the refrigerator, coat the potatoes with some flour or cornstarch to absorb the water they might have lost on the thawing process.

Fry the rellenos de papa as usual.

What are the ingredients to make easy rellenos de papa?

This recipe makes five potato balls; you are more than welcome to double it and freeze the rest for later. To make relleno de papas, you are going to need to following ingredients: 

  • large Potatoes 
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Picadillo
  • Oil for frying

How to make easy rellenos de papa?

Now that you have the ingredients, it is time to create and cook the stuffed potato balls. 

Use a small pot, add water and potatoes, and bring to a boil. Boil the potatoes until they are tender.

Remove the pot from the heat, drain the water, and make sure you pat dry your potatoes to remove the excess water before mashing them.

Mash the potatoes.

Next, mix the salt and garlic powder to the mashed potatoes. 

Add the flour until you have a smooth looking batter.

Allowed the dough to cool before touching it. You don’t want to burn your hands.

When the potatoes have cooled, it is time to shape the potato dough into a disk. I recommend you put some flour in your hands to prevent the though from sticking. 

Scoop an amount of potato to your hand. Using your fingers flatten the dough until it is round.

Add a tablespoon of picadillo to the center of the disk and close the potato, and rolled it into a ball using both hands.

Repeat the process with the rest of the dough.

Heat the frying pan to 350 to 375F degrees and deep fry the balls in hot oil for around 5 minutes or until golden.

Your Rellenos de Papas are ready to serve!

Rellenos de Papa Recipe

Easy Puerto Rican Rellenos de Papa

Easy Puerto Rican Rellenos de Papa

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Rellenos de papa, stuffed mashed potato, is a fried crispy potato ball filled with ground beef (picadillo) that you are going to love!


  • 2 large Potatoes or 1 lb
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • ½ Tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Cups picadillo
  • Oil for frying


Fill a small pot with water, boil the potatoes, and cook until tender. Drain water, pat dry the potatoes and mash. Add salt and garlic powder and mix until incorporated. Mix in the flour until you have a smooth dough. Let it cool.
Once cooled, flour your hands and shape a disk of potato dough. Add 1 Tbsp picadillo and pinch to seal the edges of the disc together. Roll between the palm of your hands until you have a ball. Repeat the process with the rest of the dough.
Deep fry the balls in hot oil for around 5 minutes or until golden.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 353Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 679mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 20g

This calculations might not be accurate.

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