Spicy ground beef filling nestled in a green banana sweet dough pocket, lightly fried to crispy golden brown perfection.

Alcapurrias

A tender croquette filled with tantalizing, savory meat.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Traditional
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 Fritters
Calories 142kcal

Ingredients

Batter (Masa)

  • 5 green bananas peeled and rinsed with salt water
  • 1 Pound taro root peeled and cleaned
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vegtable oil
  • 1 packet sazon with annatto

Filling (Picadillo)

  • 1/2 Pound ground beef
  • 1 tbsp sofrito
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 packet sazon
  • 1 tsp capers
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 oz chopped ham
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano

Instructions

Batter (Masa)

  • Grate the bananas and taro root into a bowl
  • Add salt, vinegar, olive oil and sazón with annatto
  • mix well until the a dough like consistency is achieved

Filling (Picadillo)

  • Heat olive oil in saucepan, fry sofrito slightly until oil takes on the color of the sofrito
  • Fry ground beef in deep saucepan, when browned drain grease
  • Add all reamining Filling ingredients to the ground beef, mix well
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover for 15 minutes
  • Stir, cook additional 15 minutes or until filling stiffens

Cooking

  • Roll out 1 1/2 tablespoons of the batter on to wax paper until 1/4'"high;
  • Spread 1 tablespoon of the filling onto the batter
  • Shape the batter around the filling into a cylinder shape
  • Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown

Notes

Although traditionally made with bananas and ground beef, yucca can be substituted for green bananas and any meat or seafood can substituted for round beef.

Nutrition

Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 733mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g

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