Carimañolas de Carne y de Queso (Meat and Cheese Stuffed Yuca)

by Erica Dinho on September 9, 2009

Meat and Cheese Stuffed Yuca

Carimañola is a traditional dish from the Caribbean region of Colombia. It is a yuca fritter stuffed with meat, or cheese for a great vegetarian version. This dish is also popular in Panamá.



I usually don’t like to eat fried food, but once in a while I crave my Colombian fritters. Since I have to blog about Colombian cuisine, which includes all these fantastic fritters, I have the perfect excuse to eat them. :)Carimañolas are delicious with suero Costeño or  ají! Try them.

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(10 Carimañolas)

  • 1 ½ pound frozen or fresh yuca
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Cheese Filling
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, diced
  • Meat Filling
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ pound ground beef

Receta de Carimanolas


  1. In a large pot place the yuca, salt and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 15 minutes or until fork tender.
  2. Drain the yuca and remove any fiber from the center. Using a potato masher, mash the yuca, cover and set aside.
  3. To prepare the meat filling: In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, red bell pepper and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, scallions, cumin, salt, black pepper and cook for about 1 minute, stirring often.
  4. Add the ground beef and cook until the meat is cooked trough, about 7 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes more.
  5. Remove from the heat, adjust the seasoning and let it cool.
  6. To make the carimañolas: Divide the yuca mixture into 10 balls. Make a hole through the center of each ball with your finger. Place about 1 tablespoon of meat or cheese filling and gently close the ball, giving an oval shape.
  7. In a large pot heat the vegetable oil and heat to 350° F. Add the carimañolas to hot oil and cook about 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown, turning them often.
  8. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve warm with ají.
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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Danielle September 9, 2009 at 11:17 AM

oh wow do those look good.


2 Claudia Medeiros September 9, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Sure I’ll try them ! Thanks for sharing this recipe :)


3 Melanie September 9, 2009 at 11:51 AM

I love your recipes!!


4 Lynda September 9, 2009 at 3:20 PM

I’ve never eaten yucca, but the filling alone sounds so tasty! I try not to eat to many fried foods too. My neighbor has a yucca plant in his front yard; I wonder if he’d miss it! Kidding, I’m just kidding!


5 Oysterculture September 9, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Oh my, another winner to add to my list for a weeklong Columbian feast – I let my husband know my intentions and he is very excited! /Thanks for the insipiration


6 Joan Nova September 9, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Hey Erica — I bet after step #6 you could do these in the oven with similar results.


7 BAKING is my ZeN September 9, 2009 at 10:22 PM

Definitely a keeper! I want to make them NOW! But it’s almost midnight. So, I have to wait for another day. I love Yuca!


8 Kim September 9, 2009 at 10:38 PM

Wow- these look to die for – delicious : )


9 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie September 9, 2009 at 11:33 PM

Those yuca fritters are just scrumptious! Love the filling with meat & cheese!


10 Sophie September 10, 2009 at 2:58 AM

Waw!!! These stuffed balls look truly fabulous!! I so want to savour at least 3 of them!


Again congrats on your award!! You deserve it!


11 Mistli September 11, 2009 at 12:16 PM

I made these last night & they were delicious!!! I absolutely LOVE Colombian food :)


12 Erica September 11, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Hi Mistli,

Thank you for your feedback!


13 nora@ffr September 11, 2009 at 2:30 PM

delicious!! love the stuffings in it!!


14 Erica September 18, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Thank you all so much for your comments!!!!!


15 DONNA July 18, 2010 at 3:59 PM



16 Virginia July 19, 2011 at 1:35 AM

Hi, I was gifted with two bags of Toasted Manioc Flour today. I see this recipe uses fresh Yucca. Do you have any recipes for Toasted Manioc Flour? There has got to be more then one way to use this. The only recipe I can find is for Farofa.


17 djerome March 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I’m from the Caribbean region of Colombia, and trust me, the carimañolas would taste much better if you add minced garlic to the yuca dough and mix thoroughly. Mmm…Yummy!!!


18 Yi September 24, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Carimanolas!!!! My mother used to make these all the time. I had forgotten how to make them. Thank you! I love your recipes, they remind me of my mami and make me laugh out loud and cry at the same time.


19 Ari January 31, 2013 at 10:53 PM

I am from Panama and we eat carimanolas all the time….I have never thought it was so easy to make them without the molino…thanks for your recipes…even though they are from Colombia they remind me so much of my country food, which always I wanted to make so bad, but I was lost either in translation or cooking methods. Thanks again!!!


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