Papas Rellenas (Cuban Stuffed Potato)

cuba - Papas Rellenas (Cuban Stuffed Potato)

The Fried Stuffed Potatoes (Papas Rellenas) is a very popular Cuban dish, and great for lunch or dinner.  Go ahead with it!!!


  • 6 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tsp. salt & garlic powder
  • Parsley for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp. Warm milk
  • Picadillo  (you can find recipe here)
  • 2 eggs, beaten with 1 Tbsp. Water
  • 1-2 cups breadcrumbs
  • Oil 


  1. Boil potatoes until they are fully cooked
  2. Drain and mash the potatoes – adding the salt, garlic powder and warm milk. DO NOT ADD BUTTER
  3. Let cool. Grab a handful of the mashed potatoes and make a small bowl (about the size of half a large golf ball), making an indentation in the middle. Repeat.
  4. Stuff the indentations with picadillo and bring the two halves together and smooth the outside. You should have a small picadillo-stuffed potato at this point. Repeat until you run out of potatoes or picadillo
  5. Beat the eggs with water until they are fluffy.
  6. Dip the stuffed potato into the beaten egg, then roll them in the breadcrumbs mixture until lightly covered. Repeat once more
  7. Cover the stuffed potato and refrigerate for at least 3 or 4 hours or overnight before the next step
  8. Remove from the refrigerator and allow them to cool down to room temperature before frying
  9. Fill a large frying pan with enough oil to cover half a ball
  10. Fry each ball at least 2 minutes per side, turning once – or at least until they’re golden brown. 

Note: There are many ways to serve papas rellenas- as a main dish or appetizer, hot or cold or even with spicy breadcrumbs!

Buen provecho!