Here is a Latin American favorite dish made with yuca. Carimañolas are a yuca dough filled with a tasty spiced meat mixture that is fried into a fitter. These are very popular in Panamá and Columbia. These are very similar to acapurrias and papas rellenas. |
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Yuca Fritters - Carimañolas

You will love this crunchy and creamy Latin treat! Carimañolas are a yuca dough filled with a tasty spiced meat mixture that is fried into a fitter. These are very popular in Panamá and Colombia. These are very similar to alcapurrias and papas rellenas.

Course Appetizer/Snack
Cuisine Latin American
Keyword breakfast, cassava, fried yuca, meat filling, Panama, tapas
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: Change to adjust-> 24 servings
Calories 83 kcal
Author Analida


Yuca Dough

  • 1 1/2 lbs yuca 1 bag frozen yuca
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 3 Tbsp butter salted
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 Tbsp flour

Note: Save 1/2 cup water from boiling the yuca.


    • 8 oz beef ground
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1 onion small, diced
    • 1 clove garlic minced
    • 1 Roma tomato seeded, cored, and diced
    • 1 tsp Kosher salt
    • 1/2 tsp hot paprika
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1/2 tsp chili powder
    • 1/2 tsp adobo seasoning
    • 1 dash allspice
    • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
    • 2 Tbsp recaito

    Oil for frying. (canola oil works well)


      1. To prepare the yuca: In a large pot boil enough water to cover the yuca. Cook for about 15-20 minutes. When the yuca is tender enough, transfer to a large bowl.
      2. Split open the yuca pieces in half and remove the fibrous threads that run down the middle.

      3. Begin mashing with a potato masher.
      4. Add salt, and butter, and 1/4 cup of the reserved water.
      5. Mix in the egg.
      6. Next add the flour and continue mixing until you have a smooth dough.
      7. Place the dough on a lightly flour surface and cover with a dishtowel until ready to use.
      8. In a small bowl mix all the spices.
      9. In a skillet over medium heat saute the onion, and garlic. Add the meat, spices and brown. Stir in the tomato, tomato paste, and recaito. Mix well.
      10. Allow to cool slightly.
      11. To make the fritters: When the dough is cool enough to handle, pinch off a piece and roll into a 2" ball.

      12. Flatten on the palm of your hand ,and place a small amount of filling in the middle. Close up and
      13. form in the shape of a torpedo. Set on a baking sheet until ready to use.
      14. Fry in hot oil until golden brown.

      Recipe Notes

      Nutrition Facts
      Yuca Fritters - Carimañolas
      Amount Per Serving
      Calories 83 Calories from Fat 18
      % Daily Value*
      Total Fat 2g 3%
      Cholesterol 13mg 4%
      Sodium 310mg 13%
      Potassium 131mg 4%
      Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
      Protein 2g 4%
      Vitamin A 1.7%
      Vitamin C 8.1%
      Calcium 0.9%
      Iron 2.3%
      * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.