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

Erica Dinho
5 from 21 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Colombian
Servings 10 servings
Calories 231 kcal


  • 1 ½ pound frozen or fresh yuca
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Salt
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese diced
  • 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


  • 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.
  • Drain the yuca and remove any fiber from the center. Using a potato masher, mash the yuca, cover and set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove from the heat, adjust the seasoning and let it cool.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve warm with ají.


Calories: 231kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 8gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 108mgPotassium: 296mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 239IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 77mgIron: 1mg
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