Pizza Hut Quepapas

May 25 2010

Every time we order pizza from Pizza Hut, there is a side order that is preferred more than the pizza itself. They are crunchy, small and spicy. They are called Quepapas. Quepapas are basically tater tots filled with cheddar cheese and a jalapeño bite to them. They only send out twelve Quepapas per order, so there is always a fight to see who gets the last one. I decided to learn how to make them so everyone in my house can get enough.


Pizza Hut Quepapas

Quepapas are very simple to make, and they are a great side order for a lot of dishes. You can vary the amount of jalapeño in the recipe to make them spicier. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does.

For QuePapas

1 Large Potato
2 Eggs
1 Jalapeño Pepper
6oz Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Cup of flour
1/2 tsp of salt
1 Cup of Breadcrumbs

Peel the Potato. Using the smaller size  in a grater (1/8 inch holes), grate the potato. You should have about 2 cups of grated potatoes if not, grate another potato. Put the grated potatoes in a towel and try to wring out as much liquid as you can. Using the same size, grate the cheddar cheese. Combine in a large bowl the grated potatoes, grated cheddar cheese, jalapeños, eggs, salt and the flour. The mixture should be thick enough to form small 1 inch balls. If it is too soft, add a little more flour. In a separate bowl put the breadcrumbs. Coat the formed potato balls with the breadcrumbs. Let the coated balls rest for 5 minutes so that the mixture sticks better. Add to a fryer at 400F and fry for 3 minutes or until golden brown. If you do not have a fryer, you can cook them in a large skillet with 1/2 and inch of cooking oil turning them over once.

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12 responses so far

  1. You never say what to do with the jalapenos..

  2. You are right, it should be added to the whole mixture. Article has been edited to show this. Good catch. Thanks

  3. Hello,

    Do you start with a raw potato? Similar recipes all state the potato should be cooked, and still hot. Yours sounds much easier!

    Also, are the bread crumbs necessary?

  4. Yes, I start with a raw potato. When it is finished cooking, the potato is well done. Bread crumbs are needed to make the crust. I guess if you don’t have them the cheese will run all over the place.

  5. Thanks! I can’t wait to try these!

  6. Thanks! Looking forward to trying this. Love the Quepapas.

  7. I love the quepapas, also! I hate to rewrite your recipe, but I have a few corrections. The quepapas aren’t shredded, they’re a small dice or slightly smaller, but square in shape. The jalapeños are the same shape; you want all foods to be the same shape and size, so cooking is even. You don’t need an egg in the mixture; it’s unneccessary food. If you must have it an egg white is fine. The yolk should be reserved for coating the egg in potatoe flour. It’s not bread crumbs, potatoe flour is used in the mix (less than a Tbs) and a basic breading (flour, egg, and in this case potatoe flour) technique is used. Corn starch used in small amounts(<=tsp) is good for thickening a mixture. Keep in mind, this is a watery mixture you're tightening up. Balls shouldn't be gummy, but more importantly you DON'T need an egg binder if the completed product(coated quepapa) is a secure structure. Always test out your food item to make sure it's seasoned properly and adjustments can be made. Food is unpredictable…but almost always delicious. 🙂 cheers

  8. thank you for this wonderful explanation and recipe. 🙂

  9. Sure you can. Just use a non-stick parchment paper, or a silicon non stick matt.

  10. could these be baked to offer a more “healthy” version of this Pizza Hut delight?

  11. Yes, you can also bake them. I have used non stick spray (PAM) so they can still be crunchy when baked.

  12. Thank you SO much for this recipe! My local Pizza Hut just stopped carrying these as of this week and I was devastated! The only reason I ever went to Pizza Hut was for the quepapas. Now I can make my own!!

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