Air-Fryer Papas Rellenas

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour Cook: 15 min./batch


2 dozen

Updated: Aug. 11, 2023
A Cuban classic, these satisfying, crispy-coated potato balls are filled with a savory ground beef mixture known as picadillo. We love this papas rellenas recipe! —Marina Castle Kelley, Canyon Country, California
Air-Fryer Papas Rellenas Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2-1/2 pounds potatoes (about 8 medium), peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup sliced green olives with pimientos
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1-1/8 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1-1/8 teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • Cooking spray


  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook until tender, 15-20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, olives, raisins, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper and paprika; heat through.
  3. Drain potatoes; mash with garlic powder and remaining 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Shape 2 tablespoons potatoes into a patty; place 1 tablespoon ground beef mixture in the center. Shape potatoes around filling, forming a ball. Repeat.
  4. Place eggs and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip potato balls in eggs, then roll in bread crumbs. Preheat air fryer to 400°. In batches, place in single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket; spritz with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown, 12-15 minutes.

Test Kitchen tip
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you can make this recipe in a deep-fryer or an electric skillet.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 piece: 72 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 205mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.