Puerto Rican Meat Patties

  • Recipe By
  • Published May 13th
  • Ready In45m
  • Servings8
  • Calories522
These little parcels are made with seasoned ground meat sealed in egg roll wrappers; they are then deep fried. Serve with salsa and guacamole if desired, but plain they are a dream. This recipe was handed down from my grandfather to my mom, from her to me, and now I'm passing it on to you.

Puerto Rican Meat Patties Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Puerto Rican Meat Patties for 8 servings:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (16 ounce) package egg roll wrappers
  • 2 quarts vegetable oil for frying

Puerto Rican Meat Patties Cooking Instructions

  • Prep15m
  • Cook30m
  • Ready In45m

To cook Puerto Rican Meat Patties, you need about 15 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Puerto Rican Meat Patties is about 30 minutes , and you can serve your Puerto Rican Meat Patties within 45 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Puerto Rican Meat Patties easily:

  1. 1 In a large, heavy saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped garlic, onions, and bell pepper; saute until soft.
  2. 2 Add meat; cook and stir until browned. Drain off excess fat. Stir in tomato sauce and cilantro. Simmer until cilantro wilts. Remove from heat, and cool until mixture can be handled.
  3. 3 Wrap 2 to 3 tablespoons of meat in an egg roll wrapper to form a triangle. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  4. 4 Heat vegetable oil in a wok or deep fry pan to 360 degrees F (168 degrees C). Fry patties in hot oil until golden brown. When done, transfer to plates lined with paper towels to drain.


  • Editor's Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 522 calories; 34.7 grams of fat; 36.7 grams of carbohydrates; 15.9 grams of protein; 40 milligrams of cholesterol; 505 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Sep 16th 2011

    Its ok the egg roll wrapper is not meant to use for empanadas though but its ok

  2. Mar 19th 2010

    These turned out great! I took some of the other reviewers' advice, and made a few adjustments. I cut down quite a bit on the cilantro. I added cumin, oregano, chilli powder, fresh basil ...

  3. Jul 17th 2009

    This is a great starter recipe... But I personally made a few changes.. You definitely should use the frozen empanada dough discs. They are made for meat fillings and are awesome. You should ...

  4. Jun 19th 2009

    A few people mentioned substituting the egg roll wrappers (and I agree after all this is a Puerto Rican dish) for Goya's "frozen wrap or yellow thing". The formal name is an EMPANADA. That ...

  5. May 3rd 2003

    It was time cumsuming but they were GREAT!! But being PuertoRican myself almost every dish HAS TO HAVE SA-SON! I added just one package of Sa-son with the onions and bell pepper to lock in t ...

  6. Jul 28th 2002

    good basic picadillo recipe. Use the goya yellow discs instead of egg rolls fold them in half, use fork to close them and fry!sooo good

  7. May 28th 2002

    Although this was very time consuming, my kids LOVED them!! I made a bunch and froze them for quick snacks & meals on the go. I also used some of the meat mixture tossed with noodles a ...

  8. Apr 6th 2002

    this recipe works best when it is not egg roll wrappers that are used. Do it the old fashioned way, with spanish ingredients, like goya wrappers that come frozen and they will come out much ...

  9. Jul 29th 2001

    These are a big hit at our house. I usually roll these up eggroll fashion as I had problems with the wrappers tearing at first. Also makes them easy for the kids to eat. In addition to drain ...