An Authentic and Easy to Make Recipe for Bolivian Papitas

Despite its extremely different geographical zones ranging from desert plateaus and majestic mountains, Bolivian cuisine is rich in flavor and ingredients. One of its nationally loved delights is papitas — breaded and fried quinoa balls with a special tuna stuffing served with lemon juice. Here’s how to make them!

Bolivian papitas
An Authentic and Easy to Make Recipe for Bolivian Papitas


  • 5 eggs
  • 1 lb quinoa
  • 5 slices of white bread
  • 16 oz. canned tuna in water, well-drained
  • ½ cup milk (to soak the bread)
  • 1 chili pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 lemons
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

A bowl of quinoa
An Authentic and Easy to Make Recipe for Bolivian Papitas

How to Make These Delicious Bolivian Papitas

Step 1

Grab a very fine strainer and rinse the quinoa until the water is clear. Boil the quinoa for about 15 minutes in about 6 cups of water. Keep covered, and don’t salt until the end of cooking. When ready, drain the water and let the quinoa cool in a colander.

Step 2

In a large bowl, mix two eggs with the cooked quinoa and add the slices of bread (that have been soaked in milk). Mix until you get a smooth paste.

Step 3

To prepare the stuffing for your papitas, grab another bowl and mix the remaining three eggs with the tuna, chili pepper, lemon zest and juice, and season with salt and pepper.

Step 4

It’s time to make the balls. Take a ball of quinoa, make a hole in it, and put tuna stuffing inside. Then, take some more quinoa to close the patty and shape it nicely into a flattened ball. When you’re ready with all the patties, it’s time to fry them.

Step 5

Eating papitas
An Authentic and Easy to Make Recipe for Bolivian Papitas

Fry the papitas at about 350F for about two minutes on each side. They have to be golden brown and nicely crusted on one side before flipping them to the other to prevent breaking. When they’re ready, place them on paper towels to soak in the excess oil. Enjoy them warm or cold with some lemon juice!

3 Ways to Brew the Best Coffee

If you are a true coffee fan – then you can’t imagine your mornings starting without it. It’s like a sacred ritual – that helps you kickstart your mornings. A short horror story for any coffee lover: talking to people before having your morning brew. Speaking of brew – there are many ways you can go about brewing your morning coffee – and we have listed down the three best ways to make your coffee and some easy hacks for making it.

The Best Methods for Brewing Camp Coffee


Instant coffee is the best option for when you are in a hurry to start your day and need a cup of joe to set things in motion. It’s an easy and messless way to brew your coffee. All your need is your instant coffee mix, water, and milk. Thanks to small brands dolling out coffee in small batches – you can now have good-tasting coffee without the effort.

Best for people in a hurry and limited time on hand

Drawbacks It mostly tastes like instant coffee.

Brewing tips Try different brands before you settle for one.

Cowboy Coffee

It’s like a middle ground between instant coffee and perfectly brewed coffee like a French press or a pour-over. For this, take a spoonful of coffee grounds and put it into your pot. It’s easy and does not require any other equipment.

Best for People who want to find a middle ground, don’t want to compromise on taste but don’t have time to go all out.

Drawbacks the grounds, if not perfectly brewed, will stick your teeth.

Brewing Tips start with boiling water – once boiled, remove it from the stove and add grounds. Stir it for a while and cover it for a while. When you uncover, sprinkle some cold water to settle the grounds.

French Press

If you like having an elaborate morning ritual that gives you that perfect flavorful coffee – then this is your method. It has multiple steps and requires you to carry and own a french press.

Best for people who can’t compromise on coffee

Drawbacks Messy process and cleaning up is a nightmare.

Brewing Tips: Start by adding water and coffee to the press, now stir the mixture in brisk motion, then steep for 5 minutes, then push the filter to the bottom in a slow motion. Your coffee is ready for serving.