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This recipe for sweet potato patties stuffed with cheese is a variation of the popular Ecuadorian potato llapingachos. Llapingachos [2] are usually made with regular potatoes and are cooked on a griddle until crispy brown on each side. The sweet potato patties are great to serve for breakfast or brunch. You can also serve them with additional side dishes to make a full lunch meal, or make them bite size to serve as appetizers. The sweet potatoes are boiled and mashed, then mixed with a refrito or sofrito of onions and achiote/annatto. The mashed sweet potatoes are then stuffed with cheese – you can use your choice of quesillo, queso fresco, mozzarella, or any cheese that you like -, and formed into patties. Cooking the patties on the griddle is a little bit tricky since they are very delicate and fragile. My recommendation is to make sure the griddle is very hot and try to only turn them once, they are less likely to crumble if they get a nice sear. They take about 5-7 minutes on each side, but this might vary based on the griddle you are using. After the first one, you’ll probably have a better idea of how much time they need on each side. If you don’t have a griddle, you can also use a frying pan, it’s just a little harder to flip them over.

These llapingachos de camote or sweet potato patties are served with an Ecuadorian savory peanut sauce or salsa de mani. I also served them with some cebollas encurtidas or lime pickled red onions on top – the tanginess of the onions combines perfectly with the creaminess of the peanut sauce and the sweetness of the sweet potato. You can also add some avocado slices or diced avocado on top. If you want to make this a complete meal, serve it with some lettuce leaves, tomato slices, fried eggs or eggs cooked on the griddle, and some chorizo sausages.

Related recipes:

Recipe for salsa de mani or peanut sauce [3]

Recipe for cebollas encurtidas or pickled red onions [4]

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Sweet potato patties stuffed with cheese {Llapingachos de camote}

Yield: ~ 12 medium sized llapingachos
Recipe for sweet potato patties stuffed with cheese, or llapingachos de camote, made with mashed sweet potatoes, onion and achiote refrito, and cheese. Serve topped with peanut sauce and pickled red onions.


sweet potato patties with queso

Sweet Potato Patties with Queso

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Costa Rica, Latin American


  • 2 tablespoon Fresh yeast
  • 1/2 cup freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons chicken broth
  • 1 cup freshly ground coffee queso fresco or mozzarella cheese – or a mix
  • ajíes caballeros