Costa Rican Salchipapa

Hot dog sections on a bed of french fries.

Costa Rican salchipapa- hot dogs and french fries served with salsa rosada.  A popular and weird Costa Rican street food!

    Salchipapa Costa Rica Recipe

    Ingredients: 

    • 1 lb pre-cooked hot dogs
    • 1 lb frozen french fries
    • 1 cup vegetable oil
    • Condiments (ketchup, mayonnaise or salsa rosada)

    Instructions:

    Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet or frying pan until you have very hot oil.

    While oil is heating, slice up the hotdogs into 1/2 inch segments. Once the oil is hot, place the desired amount for french fries and hot dogs into the oil and fry until golden.

    You may have to fry everything in batches if you are making a lot- I usually do. 

    Remove everything from the heat and drain excess oil on paper towels. I usually add salt to the top.

    and fry them in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat with the olive oil.  While the hot dog slices are cooking, prepare your frozen french fries according to the package instructions.

    Once the hot dog slices have crisped up a little around the edges, remove them from the heat and scatter them on top of a bed of fries. Drizzle the fries and hot dogs with ketchup and mayonnaise and serve. 

     

    About This Costa Rican Salchipapa Recipe

    Salchipapa.” Yep, you read that correctly! Part salchicha (sausage) and part papa (potato) this french fry and hot dog medley is a favorite fast food all over Central and most South American countries. This deliciously greasy creation started out as a street food in Peru but has since expanded outward. 

    Salchipapa is now a classic kid’s menu staple in Costa Rican restaurants (and most of South America)  and is often served at bars as well. It usually comes drizzled with ketchup or mayonnaise, or salsa rosada for dipping. 

    A truly multipurpose meal, salchipapa is at once kiddie cuisine, late-night fare, and quite possibly, a hangover cure! (That last one is still pending testing!)

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    Substitutions

    You can substitute any type of frying oil you choose.  

    Note- if your french fries are frozen and have a lot of excess ice crystals on them, you’ll need to dry the potatoes so that you don’t end up with hot oil spattering. 

    Variations

    You can use Not too many variations on this one. I will say that I had this recipe in Finland with reindeer sausage. Now that was a new twist!

    You can fry the potatoes and the hot dogs separately. Also- some places but ketchup, mustard and mayonaise on the dish. 

    Serving Suggestions

    Scatter your hot dog pieces over the warm fries and drizzle them with ketchup and mayonnaise. This dish is usually served with 

    FAQ

    1.) Where does salchipapa come from? – Salchipapa originated as a street food in Lima, Peru, and is now popular all over Latin America. 

    2.) How should I reheat my salchipapa? – You can toss everything into a pan with a little oil and fry on medium heat until the french fries and hot dogs are crispy again. You can also reheat in the microwave.

    Printable Recipe

    Yield: 4 servings

    Costa Rican Salchipapa

    Fast, easy, and undeniably delicious, this salchipapa is like the Latin American cousin of Poutine. Perfect for late nights out or dinner with the kids!

    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 20 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 1 lb pre-cooked hot dogs
    • 1 lb frozen french fries
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • Ketchup
    • Mayonaise

    Instructions

    1. Slice up the hotdogs into 1/2 inch segments and fry them in a saucepan over medium-high heat with the olive oil. 
    2. While the hot dog slices are cooking, prepare your frozen french fries according to the package instructions.
    3. Once the hot dog slices have crisped up a little around the edges, remove them from the heat and scatter them on top of a bed of fries. Drizzle the fries and hot dogs with ketchup and mayonnaise and serve. 

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    4

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 602Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 1394mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 16g

    Please double-check this information with your favorite nutrition calculator.

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