Alcapurrias Recipe

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Richard Published: November 6, 2020 Modified: June 1, 2021
Alcapurrias Recipe

How To Make Alcapurrias

This mouthwatering Alcapurrias recipe is a true Puerto Rican dish! Get a delicious mix of meat and veggies all in one bite.

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Total: 1 hour



For Sofrito:

  • 1bunchfresh cilantro
  • 1bunchfresh culantro
  • 1green bell peppermedium, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 5garlicends trimmed
  • 1yellow onionsmall, roughly chopped
  • 1tspadobo seasoning
  • ½tspgarlic powder
  • ½tspblack pepperfreshly ground

For Beef Filling:

  • 1tspvegetable oil
  • 1 ½lbground beef
  • ¼cupspanish olivewith pimentos
  • 1 ½tspadobo seasoningdried
  • ½tspgarlic powder
  • ¼tspground black pepper
  • 1.4ozSazón Culantro and Achiote seasoning(1 packet)
  • ¼cuptomato sauce

For Masa:

  • 3bananasunripe, peeled and chopped into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces
  • 1green plantainpeeled and chopped into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces
  • 2lbyucca rootpeeled and chopped into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces
  • ½tspgarlic powder
  • 1tspkosher salt
  • 1.4ozSazón Culantro and Achiote seasoning(1 packet)
  • nonstick cooking sprayfor greasing
  • 6cupsvegetable oilor neutral oil of choice, for frying
  • hot sauceof choice, for serving



  1. Add the cilantro, culantro, bell pepper, garlic, onion, adobo seasoning, garlic powder, and pepper to a food processor.

  2. Pulse until the vegetables are broken down and the mixture has the texture of chunky salsa.

  3. Reserve ⅓ cup (75 G) for the filling, then set aside the remaining sofrito for another use.

Beef Filling:

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large, high-walled skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. When the oil is shimmering, add the reserved ⅓ cup (75 G) sofrito and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant.

  3. Add the ground beef, olives, adobo seasoning, garlic powder, pepper, and Sazón Culantro and Achiote seasoning.

  4. Cook until the beef is no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes.

  5. Add the tomato sauce and stir to combine.

  6. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the filling to a large bowl and set aside.


  1. Add the bananas, plantain, and yucca to a food processor and pulse until completely smooth, stopping the push the larger pieces to the bottom as you go.

  2. Transfer to a large bowl and add the garlic powder, salt, and Sazón Culantro and Achiote seasoning. Mix well to combine.

  3. To assemble, grease an 8 x 12-inch (20 x 30 cm) sheet of parchment paper with nonstick spray.

  4. Add about ⅔ cup (155 G) masa to the center of the parchment paper.

  5. Using a rubber spatula, spread the masa into an oval about ⅓-inch thick, leaving a 1–2-inch (2.5-5 cm) border of parchment around the edges.

  6. Scoop ⅓ cup (75 G) beef filling onto the center of the masa, leaving a 2-inch (5 cm) border of masa around the meat.

  7. Lift the long edge of the parchment paper up and over the filling to enclose with the masa, then repeat with the other side, then the short edges. The masa should stick to itself.

  8. Patch any holes with more masa, then use the parchment to gently roll the alcapurria from side to side to seal, making sure the filling is completely enclosed. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

  9. Heat the vegetable oil in a large, high-walled skillet to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) over medium heat.

  10. Working with 1 wrapped alcapurria at a time, lower the long edge of the parchment into the oil and very gently roll the alcapurria off so it sits flat-side down.

  11. Add another alcapurria and fry for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy.

  12. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper-towel lined plate to drain and cool slightly while you repeat with the remaining alcapurrias.

  13. Serve immediately with hot sauce for dipping, and enjoy!

Remaining sofrito will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 4 months.


  • Calories: 3965.82kcal
  • Fat: 347.78g
  • Saturated Fat: 52.82g
  • Trans Fat: 7.08g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 222.50g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 47.08g
  • Carbohydrates: 135.23g
  • Fiber: 18.02g
  • Sugar: 24.98g
  • Protein: 90.40g
  • Cholesterol: 322.05mg
  • Sodium: 2814.74mg
  • Calcium: 489.37mg
  • Potassium: 3190.67mg
  • Iron: 23.21mg
  • Vitamin A: 166.01µg
  • Vitamin C: 87.10mg
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