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A tray of alcapurrias
Alcapurria filling
Place of origin Puerto Rico
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredients Green Plantain, malanga, achiote, Ground beef
Other informationPopular throughout:
Puerto Rico
Dominican Republic

Alcapurria is a fritter dish from Puerto Rico.


The dough surrounding the meat, the masa, is made primarily of green plantain and grated malanga ("yautía") depending on area and a moderate salt.

The meat is often spicy ground beef, such as picadillo, but can be any chopped meat like corn beef or seafood. The masa is refrigerated for several hours to achieve a solid consistency, then filled with picadillo, ground beef, etc., and deep-fried in oil.

Cassava alcapurrias (alcapurria de yuca) are often stuffed with crab meat. Cassava is grated then squeezed removing as much liquid as possible. The masa is then mixed with annatto oil. Alcapurrias are also one of the many dishes served at kiosk stands and cuchifritos.


In the Republic of Panama, "yuca alcapurrias" are called "carimañolas," stuffed with ground meat "picadillo" and eaten along or with other fried foods "frituras."

In the Dominican Republic cassava alcapurrias are known as chulitos.

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