This is a classic Puerto Rican dish but with a twist! These Low Carb Keto Papas de Rellenas are the ultimate comfort food and easy to make!
Keto Papas de Rellenas “Stuffed Potatoes”
When I was a kid, my mom would often go to a local Puerto Rican market to buy a lot of our groceries. I don’t remember most of what she would buy there, but I do remember her bringing home Papas de Rellenas for lunch as a treat from time to time! These have been a favorite dish of mine for a long time, but sadly, “stuffed potatoes” are not exactly low carb. But, determined to revive an old favorite, my mom came up with a creative way to recreate one of our favorite dishes, but without the guilt! Even if you have never had Papas de Rellenas before, you will love this dish! It is just as good as the traditional version I remember from my childhood.
What Are Papas De Rellenas?
As you may have guessed from the title, traditionally, Papas de Rellenas are stuffed potatoes. More specifically, they are mashed potatoes stuffed with seasoned meat (and other fillings, depending on which variety of them you make), coated with flour, that are then fried. Our version is a bit different; instead of potatoes we used mashed cauliflower, instead of flour we used almond flour, and instead of frying these in oil we baked them (we also used an air fryer for a second batch and they turned out wonderfully). Using cauliflower might sound strange, but don’t knock it ’till you try it! I used to dislike cauliflower, but I have found that it can taste really good if you season it and prepare it correctly! Even by itself it can be incredible, you can try whole roasted cauliflower and surprise yourself with how good it really is!
How To Make Keto Papas De Rellenas: Potato & Filling
- In a large pot, boil one head of chopped cauliflower until soft (approx 12-15 minutes).
- In a mixing bowl, drain and mash cauliflower until you get the consistency of mashed potatoes.
- Add in melted butter, table cream, pepper, salt, garlic powder, and cheese to the mashed cauliflower. Mix until combined. Refrigerate for at least one hour, or until firm.
- In a pot, cook ground beef with beef broth, onion powder, almond flour, paprika, cumin, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
How To Make Keto Papas De Rellenas: Breading
- Create egg wash; pour almond flour into a bowl for breading.
- Divide cauliflower mixture into about 10 sections; place one section of cauliflower into your hand and shape it into a ball; use your thumb to make an indentation in the mixture and fill the indentation with ground beef.
- Seal the ball by pinching together the sides of the cauliflower; smooth into ball shape.
- Coat with almond flour.
- Coat with egg wash.
- Coat with almond flour once more and place onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or place in air fryer (see recipe card for more details).
Why Table Cream?
Every time we include table cream in a recipe, we inevitably get the question, “Can I just use heavy cream instead?” You can. It will still be good. But there is just something about table cream that is so much better than regular heavy cream. If you have ever had it, you know the difference. It’s impossible to explain how or why it is so different, but it is. I would suggest that you try to use table cream if you can find it at your local grocery store, but if you substitute it with heavy cream, your dish will still turn out tasting delicious.
You can usually find table cream in the baking isle, typically located somewhere by condensed milk. It is pretty common, but if you aren’t looking for it, you will probably miss it. It is normally cheaper than heavy cream, and of course, it has no sugar and is low carb. If you want to spare yourself the hassle of looking for it at the grocery store, you can order it on Amazon HERE.
Nutrition (per serving) Makes About 10
Calories: 481.2 | Fat: 41.83g | Carbs: 7.06g | Fiber: 4.02g | Protein: 21.4g | Net Carbs: 3.04g
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- 1 head cauliflower
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 cup Table Cream (we use this)
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Garlic
- 1 cup Mild Cheddar cheese
- 1 cup Almond flour
Ground Beef Filling
- 1 pound Ground beef
- 1/2 cup Beef broth
- 1 tbsp almond flour
- 1 tbsp Paprika
- 2 Tbsp Olive oil
- 1 tsp Onion powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Cumin
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 1 1/2 cup Almond flour
- 2 Eggs
Cauliflower & Filling
- Chop cauliflower into pieces and boil until soft (about 12-15 minutes).
- Drain and mash cauliflower in large mixing bowl. The desired consistency is similar to that of mashed potatoes.
- Add cheese, melted butter, table cream, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to mashed cauliflower. Refrigerate mixture for at least one hour or until firm enough to mold.
- Approximately 10 minutes before your cauliflower mixture is ready, cook ground beef in a large pot with beef broth, onion powder, almond flour, paprika, cumin, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- In a bowl, whisk together two eggs to create egg wash; add 1 1/2 cup of almond flour to a bowl - this will serve as breading.
- Separate the firm cauliflower mixture into about 10 sections - each section will be one ball. One section at a time, create a ball and use your thumb to create an indention in the center; fill the indention with ground beef.
- Pinch the sides of the indention to seal the ball; smooth into ball shape.
- Coat with almond flour.
- Coat with egg wash.
- Coat once more with almond flour.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes in a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Alternatively, you can place them in the air fryer for 10 minutes on the pizza setting.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 481.2 Total Fat: 41.8g Carbohydrates: Net Carbs: 3.04g Fiber: 4.02g Protein: 21.4g
Nutritional Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutritional data is provided as a courtesy. The information provided is calculated through a free-web based nutrition calculator and is not guaranteed to be accurate. To ensure we provide you with good information, we look at a variety of calculators.