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Extra Crispy Chorizo Potato Balls (Papas Rellenas) – A Perfect Appetizer Option

Inside. These extra crispy chorizo potato balls, known as papas rellenas in Mexico, are a perfect appetizer that you can enjoy with family and friends time and time again.

Papas rellenas is a delicious appetizer that I made and ate many times growing up in Mexico. There are many different ways that you can make them, but in general, they consist of mashed potatoes, stuffed with meat or cheese, and then fried to a golden brown color. Today I am going to share one of my favorite ways to prepare this authentic Mexican recipe, which includes delicious chorizo.


These Extra Crispy chorizo potato balls are so easy to make and perfect for any occasion. We especially love to eat them while watching our favorite shows or games on TV.

Papas Rellenas Ingredients

In order to make these chorizo potato balls, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 4 russet potatoes;
  • 1 package of chorizo;
  • Mozzarella cheese;
  • Your choice of seasonings (i.e. garlic, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper);
  • Panko breadcrumbs; and
  • Eggs.

You can make these papas rellenas in 30 minutes or less, and to be honest, they probably won’t last much longer than that once they are finished!

 Steps For Making Papas Rellenas

The process for making this delicious appetizer is pretty simple.

Step 1: You start by washing and boiling the potatoes before mashing them and setting them aside. You will want them to be very creamy and smooth, so make sure you get out as many lumps as possible.

papas rellenas - chorizo potato balls mashed potatoes

Step 2: The next step is to cook the chorizo with onions, garlic, herbs, and spices. After it is done cooking, you will set that aside as well.

papas rellenas with chorizo

Step 3: Once you have the mashed potatoes and chorizo ready, form a small ball with the mashed potatoes and make a small hole in the middle. Then you just have to fill the hole with chorizo and mozzarella cheese. Finish this step by covering it up with more mashed potato and rolling to form a smooth ball.

papas rellenas - chorizo potato balls - filling papas rellenas - chorizo potato balls - filling


Step 4: The last step is to coat the potato balls in an egg wash and then panko bread crumbs before frying them in plenty of oil.

papas rellenas - chorizo potato balls - egg wash and fry


One thing that I really love about papas rellenas is that they are fun to eat and look good too. I really hope that you can enjoy this delicious recipe as much as I do. Don’t forget to take a few minutes to leave a review if you enjoyed them!

Other Great Appetizers

Check out these other great appetizers if you loved this recipe.

Chorizo Potato Balls
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Extra Crispy Chorizo Potato Balls

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chorizo, papas rellenas, potatoes
Servings: 15 Papas Rellenas
Calories: 282kcal


  • 4 Russet Potatoes
  • 1 pound of pork chorizo
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 3 tsp Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil for frying


  • Boil the potatoes until they are soft enough to mash.
  • Mash the potatoes and set aside.
  • Cook the chorizo together with the seasonings and set aside when cooked.
  • Take some of the mashed potatoes and create a small indentation in it.
  • Fill with the chorizo mixture and the mozzarella cheese and cover with additional potatoes.
  • Coat in an egg wash and then in the Panko bread crumbs.
  • Fry in plenty of oil and pat try.


Serving: 2Papas Rellenas | Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 594mg | Potassium: 375mg | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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Monday 10th of June 2024

I haven't made them yet but I was wondering what dipping sauce was in the picture' Thanks Tori

Saturday 31st of July 2021

The extra crispy chorizo potato balls were so good!

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