Alcapurrias Crujientes- Crispy Puerto Rican Fritte

Raven Higheagle


This recipe is a happy accident. While testing a recipe for traditional Puerto Rican Alcapurrias, we discovered a way to make them extra crunchy and delicious. Instead of creating a masa with green plantains and yautia (taro root) we grated these starchy vegetables as if we were making hash browns, and a new favorite was born!

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12 servings
24 Hr 45 Min
40 Min
Pan Fry



4 lb
green, unripe plantains
2 lb
yautia (taro root)
4 Tbsp
olive oil
2 tsp
kosher salt


2 Tbsp
vegetable oil, plus extra for frying
2 c
chopped onion
1/2 c
chopped bell pepper
1 lb
ground pork
2 clove
garlic, minced
1/2 c
pimento stuffed olives, chopped
4 Tbsp
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
nonstick cooking spray


1Using a food processor, grate the yautia and plantains using the shredding disk. Place in a large bowl.
2Add the olive oil and salt and stir to combine well. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or overnight.
3To make the picadillo, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in an 8-inch skillet. Sauté the onion and bell pepper for 2 minutes, and then add the ground meat and garlic.
4Brown the meat until it is well cooked, about 10 minutes. Add the olives and capers and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
5Heat the vegetable oil for frying to between 350F and 375F in a 10-inch skillet. Preheat the oven to the lowest setting to keep the fried fritters warm.
6Cut an 8-inch-by-10-inch piece of aluminum foil. Spray one side with vegetable spray.
7Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop the refrigerated masa mixture onto the oiled surface of the foil.
8Using a spoon, flatten out the masa into a circle. Place 2 teaspoons of the picadillo mixture in the middle of the masa.
9Fold the foil over so that the masa makes a pocket shape encasing the picadillo.
10Shape the alcapurria outside the foil so that it is oval shaped. The foil should remove easily from the alcapurria.
11Place the alcapurria carefully in the hot oil, and fry for about 3 minutes on each side, until it is golden brown.
12Drain on paper towels, and keep warm in the oven until all of the alcapurrias are prepared.
Turning these alcapurrias while frying can be a bit of a challenge, so use two slotted spatulas for easy turning.