Gallitos De Papa from Costa Rica

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

Another imitation from my trip to Costa Rica. A very typical side dish- potatoes cooked and served on corn tortillas, called "gallitos" in Costa Rica. ("Papas" are potatoes).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel potatoes and dice into small pieces.
  2. Sauté the finely chopped garlic in the oil and add some salt, about 1 teaspoon.
  3. Add the potatoes, sugar, and paprika.
  4. Cover the pan and cook on low heat, about 20 minutes, adding water as needed to prevent the potatoes from sticking.
  5. Remove and serve on the corn tortillas, which you can warm in the oven on a cookie sheet at 200°F.
  6. Garnish, to taste, with chopped coriander, salt, and pepper.
  7. Also, a little sour cream or salsa is often served as an accompaniment.


Most Helpful

Exactly the recipe I was looking for! I went on my honeymoon to Costa Rica and I've been wanting to duplicate this (though it was made with a firm, cubed squash in my experience.) Right before serving I mixed in a tablespoon or two or heavy whipping cream. Exactly like Costa Rica! Took me back to my honeymoon - I'll make again and again!!!

Let's Cook! November 08, 2011

I'm so excited I found this recipe! I can't wait to try it out!!!! I was an exchange student in Costa Rica, and I miss the food more than anything else! Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I ate this at a party in Costa Rica and had no idea what it was called until now. Thank you so so much!!!!

enickless December 19, 2010

I made these with our elementary student group in Costa Rica. Very easy to make and delicious. I will make it again soon. They were a huge hit with parents and kids alike and I had a lot of requests for the recipe. It's definitely authentic- the Tico (locals) staff ate all the leftovers!

Amy the First May 31, 2007

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