When it comes to savoring the true essence of Peruvian cuisine, few dishes captivate the palate as enchantingly as Papa Rellena or Peruvian stuffed potatoes. A culinary treasure from Peru, Papa Rellena is a delightful combination of seasoned ground beef, hard-boiled eggs, olives, and spices, all encased in a golden, crispy mashed potato shell. Loved by locals and embraced by food enthusiasts worldwide, this classic Peruvian dish takes you on a gastronomic journey. This dish marries texture and flavor, making it a culinary gem that deserves a special place on your menu.

In this blog, we’ll unveil the secrets of crafting the perfect Papa Rellena while guiding you to source the essential ingredients conveniently at Key Food Hollywood Supermarket in Hollywood, Florida.


Papa Rellena: A Peruvian Delight

Papa Rellena is a quintessential dish in Peruvian cuisine. It translates to “stuffed potato” in English, and that’s precisely what it is—a flavorful mixture of seasoned ground beef or other meats, hard-boiled eggs, olives, and spices, all encased in a fluffy mashed potato shell. The stuffed potato is then shaped into a ball, coated with breadcrumbs, and fried to a golden crisp. The result is a harmonious blend of textures and flavors that captures the essence of Peru.


A Classic Papa Rellena Recipe

Now, let’s embark on a culinary journey to Peru and learn how to make this delectable dish in your own kitchen. Here’s a classic recipe for Papa Rellena:


For the Potato Dough

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

For the Filling

  • 1 pound ground beef (or a mix of ground beef and pork)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup black olives, pitted and sliced
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Breadcrumbs for coating


Potato Dough

  1. Boil the peeled and cubed potatoes until they are tender. Drain and mash them thoroughly.
  2. Add the egg yolk, salt, pepper, and vegetable oil to the mashed potatoes. Mix until you have a smooth and pliable dough. Set aside.


  1. In a large skillet, heat some oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté until they are soft and fragrant.
  2. Add the ground meat and cook until it’s browned and cooked through.
  3. Season the meat with ground cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well to incorporate the spices.
  4. Remove the meat mixture from the heat and let it cool slightly.


  1. Take a golf ball-sized portion of the potato dough and flatten it in the palm of your hand.
  2. Place a spoonful of the meat mixture, some chopped hard-boiled egg, and a few slices of olives in the center of the flattened potato dough.
  3. Carefully encase the filling with the potato dough, shaping it into a ball. Ensure there are no cracks or openings.
  4. Roll the potato ball in breadcrumbs until it’s evenly coated.


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a deep skillet or pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Fry the Papa Rellena balls until they are golden brown and crispy on all sides.
  3. Remove them from the oil and place them on paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  4. Serve hot and enjoy the deliciousness of Papa Rellena!


Savor the Flavor

And there you have it – your very own Papa Rellena, crispy on the outside and bursting with flavors on the inside. Serve it with a side of salsa criolla, a classic Peruvian onion, and lime salsa to enhance the experience.

Now that you know how to make Papa Rellena, head over to Key Food Hollywood Supermarket to grab all the essential ingredients. Our wide selection of fresh produce and international products ensures that you’ll find everything you need to recreate this Peruvian masterpiece in your kitchen.



Papa Rellena is not just a dish; it’s a journey through the vibrant flavors of Peru. Key Food Hollywood Supermarket is your gateway to this culinary adventure, providing you with the finest ingredients to craft this delicious dish at home.

So, why wait? Embark on a gastronomic journey today and visit Key Food Hollywood Supermarket in Hollywood, Florida. Your taste buds will thank you! And don’t forget to check out our online shopping option here and explore our product range here.