Salvadorian Patties with coleslaw and tomato sauce

Bessy Van Hoek


This is one of my favourite salvadorian foods I like to eat when I go visit my family in El Salvador.


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Depends of how many patties
2 Hr
4 Hr
Deep Fry


  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 2 c
    potatoes cooked and diced
  • 1 c
    cooked and diced green onions
  • 1/4 c
    onion chopped fine
  • 1 c
    chopped carrots
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh minced garlic
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp
    canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/8 tsp
    black pepper

How to Make Salvadorian Patties with coleslaw and tomato sauce


  1. 1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion and raw carrot, stirring for about 2 minutes.
  2. 2. Season ground beef with oregano, salt, pepper and then add it to the pot, stirring occasionally until brown.
  3. 3. Drain the grease once the beef is cooked, and then return to heat. Add in potatoes (and green beans if using.) Stir to combine and remove from heat. Season with a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce and additional salt to taste. Set aside and allow to cool.
  4. The Masa/Dough:

    3 cups MASECA masa harina
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tablespoon achiote molido/ground annatto
    3 cups water
  5. 1. Mix the dry ingredients and then add the water a cup at a time, mixing by hand until combined. Set aside. Keep a bowl of fresh water nearby for wetting your hands as you form the patties.
  6. Forming the Patties:

    1. With moist hands, take a handful of masa, slightly larger than a golf ball, and shape it into a tortilla.
  7. 2. Put a large spoonful of filling in the middle and then bring the sides of the tortilla together like a taco and seal by closing your hand gently to form the pastel into a half-moon shape
  8. 3. Fry patties in a large, deep pan with plenty of canola oil over medium-high heat, flipping to slightly brown on each side. Remove to paper towel-lined pyrex or plate.
  9. 4. Serve patties with the coleslaw and the tomato sauce. Makes approximately 18 with leftover filling (which is great the next day over rice as picadillo!)
  10. Notes on the coleslaw and the tomato sauce

    Salvadorian Tomato Sauce

    14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes (and the liquid)
    1/8 cup diced onion
    1/8 cup diced green pepper
    1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
    salt, pepper and oregano to taste

    1. In a food processor set to mince, add tomatoes and liquid, onion and green pepper. Process until completely combined.

    2. Pour tomato sauce into a pot on medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and then simmer one minute. Remove from heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar. Add salt, pepper and oregano to taste. Cool and serve or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

    Salvadorian Coleslaw

    1/2 a small cabbage, washed and chopped in large pieces
    2 large carrots, washed, peeled and chopped in large pieces
    1/2 small onion, chopped
    apple cider vinegar
    warm water
    oregano, salt and pepper

    1. In a food processor set to chop, add cabbage, carrots and onion all at once. Process just until chopped.

    2. Put cabbage mixture into a large bowl, add apple cider vinegar and a little warm water to taste. Season with oregano, salt and pepper. Serve or keep covered in the refrigerator.

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About Salvadorian Patties with coleslaw and tomato sauce

Course/Dish: Meat Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Latin American

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