Papas Rellenas Stuffed with Cacique Queso Fresco and Beef Chorizo

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There’s no better fun than a game night at the Chavez house! Friends stopping by on a Friday night after a long week of work to unwind with good food, drinks, and the inevitable belly laughs. Of course, with our friends, we get a little competitive, but that’s all part of the fun.

Perfect Small Bites

We love sharing small bites to keep the players on their toes. Our recipe for Papas Rellenas hits a bullseye every time. Crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, the joining of the Cacique Queso Fresco, Cacique Beef Chorizo and potatoes takes our guest to their happy place every time.

For many, it’s a throwback to the flavors they grew up with for breakfast – chorizo con papas. The queso fresco turns soft and creamy after being deep-fried. The panko bread crumbs add an excellent crunch as you bite down.

Here’s our recipe good luck on your next game night.

1 package Cacique® Queso Fresco
1 package Cacique® Beef Chorizo
¼ cup Cacique® Crema Mexicana
3 pounds potatoes (about 8 medium), peeled and cut into wedges
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup seasoned panko breadcrumbs
Vegetable Oil for deep frying

For the Cream Sauce:
1 cup of Cacique® Crema Mexicana
½ cup of Cacique® Queso Fresco, crumbled
½ bunch of cilantro, minced
1 serrano chile, minced

Place potatoes in a large stockpot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, cook the beef chorizo until fully cooked about 5 to 8 minutes and place on paper towels to drain.

Drain cooked potatoes; mash with salt and pepper and add about ¼ cup of Cacique Crema Mexicana.

Add egg and continue to mash.

With a large ice cream scoop (or a ¼ cup measuring cup), shape mashed potatoes into a 2-ounce patty.

Place a teaspoon of chorizo and a teaspoon of queso fresco in the center.

Shape potatoes around filling, forming a ball. Repeat. It makes about 24 balls.

Place breadcrumbs on a plate. Roll the potato balls in the breadcrumbs to coat.

Refrigerate potato balls for about 30 minutes to help hold their shape before frying.

In a medium-sized deep pot, heat oil to frying temperature between 360 to 375 degrees. Fry potato balls, a few at a time, for approximately 1 minute or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

For the cream sauce, combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.

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  1. These look soooo good!! I am definitely going to make these.You guys always have the best recipes!!! I am adding this recipe to my collection of recipes for sure!! Thanks for always sharing your love for cooking and baking !!! ❤️❤️

  2. Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try them while watching football and having some cold cerveza! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try them while watching football ? and having some cold cerveza ?Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Ann

    This is making my mouth water. I love anything with queso fresco. Will have to make this soon!

    • Stephen Chavez

      Right?! I love Cacique’s Queso Fresco on my tostadas, on top of enchiladas, in my ensaladas – todo!

  5. This sounds easy to make. I will have to try.

    • Stephen Chavez

      Thank you. It’s fairly simple. Just keep your eyes on the temperature of your oil to not burn them or not having it high enough where they don’t turn a golden brown and crisp up.

  6. I buy Cacique’s products regularly. I love the pork chorizo. I cant wait to try this recipe

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