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

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


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 Goya Recaito Sofrito Cooking
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 packet Goya Sazon Con Azafran Seasoning
  • 1 tsp capers
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 oz chopped ham
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano


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


  • 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


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.


Calories: 142kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 7gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 733mgPotassium: 391mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1g

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