How To Make Jamaican Alcapurria Recipes? – Easy Steps

Jamaican Alcapurria Recipes – Easy Step by Step Guide

If you’re looking for a delicious and filling Puerto Rican dish, look no further than Alcapurria. Alcapurria is a type of fritter made from boiled green bananas and malanga, stuffed with ground meat and then deep-fried.

While there are many variations of this dish, all of them are sure to satisfy your hunger. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try making Alcapurria yourself?

There are plenty of Alcapurria recipes online to choose from. And in this post, we would like to give you the best recipe ever for Alcapurria.

The Best Alcapurria Recipe Jamaica

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Alcapurrias are deep-fried fritters made from mashed plantains, yucca, or malanga, mixed with rice, garlic, scallions, and spices. They’re one of the mainstays of Puerto Rico cuisine—the most popular dish in the country! And they’re often served as an appetizer on Christmas Eve.

This small side dish is perfect for large parties. It’s fun to make and it’s extremely versatile; there are so many variations of alcapurria recipes to try! It tastes best when it’s freshly made and warm, but leftovers can be eaten at room temperature or cold.



  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 bunch fresh culantro
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 5 garlics, ends trimmed
  • 1 small yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon adobo seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Beef Filling

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ lb ground beef(680 g), 80/20
  • ¼ cup spanish olive(180 g), with pimentos
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried adobo seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 packet Sazón Culantro and Achiote seasoning, 1.4 ounce (35 G)
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce(55 g)


  • 3 unripe bananas, peeled and chopped into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces
  • 1 green plantain, peeled and chopped in 1 in (2.5 cm) pieces
  • 2 lb yucca root(910 g), peeled and chopped in 1 in (2.5 cm) pieces
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 packet Sazón Culantro and Achiote seasoning, 1.4 ounce (35 G)
  • nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
  • 6 cups vegetable oil(1.4 g), or neutral oil of choice, for frying
    hot sauce, of choice, for serving


Alcapurria recipes are really easy to make at home using basic ingredients. I’ve included a step by step guide for making alcapurrias in the video below:

  1. To make the sofrito, combine the cilantro, culantro, bell pepper, garlic, onion, adobo spice, garlic powder, and pepper in a food processor and pulse until the veggies are broken down and the mixture resembles chunky salsa.
  2. Set aside 13 cup (75 G) of the sofrito for the filling and the leftover sofrito for another purpose.
  3. Prepare the filling: In a big, high-walled pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the reserved 13 cup (75 G) sofrito and cook for 1–2 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant.
  4. Combine the ground beef, olives, adobo spice, garlic powder, pepper, and Sazón Culantro and Achiote seasoning in a large mixing bowl. Cook for 5–6 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink.
  5. Stir in the tomato sauce until well combined. Transfer the filling to a large mixing bowl with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  6. To make the masa, place the bananas, plantains, and yucca in a food processor and pulse until smooth, stopping to press the bigger bits to the bottom as you go. Add the garlic powder, salt, and Sazón Culantro and Achiote spice to a large mixing bowl. To blend, mix everything together thoroughly.
  7. Grease an 8 x 12-inch (20 x 30 cm) sheet of parchment paper with nonstick spray before assembling.
  8. Fill the middle of the parchment paper with roughly 23 cup (155 G) masa. Spread the masa into an oval about 13-inch thick with a rubber spatula, leaving a 1–2-inch (2.5-5 cm) border of parchment around the borders.
  9. Scoop 13 cup (75 G) beef filling onto the masa, leaving a 2-inch (5 cm) border around the meat.
  10. Lift one long edge of the parchment paper up and over the filling to enclose it with the masa, then repeat with the other side and the short edges. Masa should adhere to itself.
  11. Patch any holes with additional masa, then roll the Alcapurria gently from side to side to seal, making sure the filling is entirely encased. Rep with the rest of the ingredients.
  12. In a large, high-walled skillet, heat the vegetable oil to 350°F (180°C) over medium heat. Working with one wrapped Alcapurria at a time, dip a long edge of the parchment into the oil and gently roll the Alcapurria off, being careful not to splash the oil off so it sits flat-side down, being careful not to splatter the oil.
  13. Fry the remaining Alcapurria for 2–3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy. Transfer the alcapurrias to a paper-towel lined plate to drain and cool slightly while you continue with the remaining alcapurrias.
  14. Serve immediately with hot sauce for dipping.

Alcapurria Taste

The taste is savory and satisfying, much like an empanada or calzone. The plantain dough has a texture similar to whole wheat matzo ball dough; chewy but very satisfying. Do not be afraid to try this dish!

Nutritional Values Of These Alcapurria Recipes

Below are the information about these Alcapurria recipes:

Like many other fried foods, alcapurrias provide a substantial amount of calories. A single serving of four alcapurrias contains 230 calories, but no fat. It also contains 1 gram of protein and 54 grams of carbohydrates, which is good for short-term energy boosts.

Alcapurriaas also contain some vitamins and minerals. A serving provides 20 percent of the daily recommended value for vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system and promotes healing.

They also provide 10 percent of the daily recommended value for potassium, which helps regulate heart function and maintain muscle tone in the body.

What To Serve With Alcapurria

As you can see in the Alcapurria recipes above, Alcapurrias are so rich and filling, so you don’t want to serve anything too heavy with them.

A simple salad balances the richness of the alcapurrias, as does rice and beans. For a more elegant presentation, serve the rice and beans on the side of the alcapurrias instead of mixed together.

If you make alcapurrias with seafood, serve them with other fresh seafood — like marinated shrimp or tilapia baked in coconut milk.

For meat-filled alcapurrias, pair them with grilled chicken breasts or pork chops seasoned with garlic and citrus juice.

Alcapurriaas can be eaten at any time of day as an appetizer or as part of a meal. If serving them as an appetizer for a dinner party, limit yourself to three per person.

Alcapurriaas may be served on their own as an appetizer or tapa, but they’re also commonly served as part of a larger meal. Here are some common accompaniments for Alcapurria:

  • Fried pork crackling
  • Tostones (fried green plantains)
  • Yuca frita (fried cassava)
  • Arroz con gandules (rice and pigeon peas)
  • Arroz con pollo (rice and chicken)
  • Pescado frito (fried fish)

FAQs Related To Alcapurria Recipes Jamaica

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Can I Air Fry Alcapurrias?

Air fryers are becoming the hottest small appliance on the market and for good reason. They can cook a variety of foods, from chicken wings to french fries. What about alcapurrias? Well, you’re in luck! You can air fry alcapurrias and they come out delicious.

If you don’t know what an Alcapurria is, it’s a Puerto Rican dish that’s basically mashed plantains stuffed with seasoned ground beef or crab. These are then dipped in a green banana flour mix and then deep-fried. It’s actually one of my favorite snacks but I don’t make them often because of how unhealthy they can be.

Alcapurriaas made in the air fryer don’t come out as crunchy as ones that are deep-fried but it’s a much healthier option.

Can You Freeze Alcapurria?

Most foods will taste best if you freeze them soon after they are cooked. If you allow Alcapurria to cool completely before freezing it, the results will be better than if you freeze it immediately after cooking.

Wrap each piece individually in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place the wrapped pieces into freezer bags and seal tightly. Properly wrapped and stored frozen foods should maintain their quality for up to six months

Never freeze foods that have been allowed to sit out for more than two hours; bacteria can begin to grow in as little as one hour on perishable items such as meat or eggs.

How Do You Reheat Alcapurrias?

If you have leftover alcapurrias but don’t want to eat them cold, you can reheat them either in the oven or in a pan on the stove top. The alcapurrias are best when they’re hot, crispy, and fresh from the fryer, but they are still good after reheating.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the alcapurrias on a baking sheet and place in the middle of the oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until they are thoroughly heated.

Alternatively, heat one tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add as many alcapurrias as will fit in one layer in the pan and cook for four minutes per side until they are heated through and browned again.

How Many Alcapurrias Should I Have?

The answer: A few (2-4)

But if that doesn’t work for you, here are some tips to help you decide:

  • If it’s your first time having an alcapurria, try one first. You might find yourself eating more than one anyway. But if not, it still counts as trying something new!
  • If you’re having an alcapurria as part of dinner or lunch, plan to have one per person.
  • If you’re having an alcapurria as part of a cocktail party, plan to have two per person.

It’s important to know the proper serving size, not only because you don’t want to eat too much or too little, but also because alcapurria is relatively high in calories and fat.

Where Can I Find Alcapurria?

Don’t want to make your own Alcapurria with this Alcapurria recipe? Then where can you find Alcapurria?

If you’re in Puerto Rico, alcapurrias are sold as street food and snacks in many restaurants, bars and clubs. They can be hard to find on the mainland US, but there are some places where you can buy them:

Supermarkets. Check the frozen-food aisle for small boxes of alcapurrias. Brands include Goya and Rondón. You should also look for lasagna-style pasteles made by Mrs. T’s Pierogies, which are similar in taste to alcapurrias but use a different dough and filling.

Bodegas. These are small Hispanic grocery stores that sell fresh foods including home-made alcapurrias and other Puerto Rican snacks like tostones. You can find bodegas in larger cities with a Hispanic population.

Hispanic restaurants. Some local Puerto Rican/Caribbean restaurants may sell frozen alcapurrias or other snacks like empanadillas or pastelillos de carne (meat pies).

Latin markets. In some areas with a large Latino population, such as New York City, you can find Latin American markets that sell groceries and hot foods from various countries.


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