Costa Rica Food – Picadillo de Papas (Potato Hash Recipe)

Potato Hash Recipe

Along with the cabbage salad and gallo pinto, this dish is served always with lunch and dinner. So, if you don’t want to prepare it, just take a walk down a Costa Rican street until you find a Soda (local eatery) and ask for it.

You have a 99% chance of them saying they have potato hash. To be honest with you, I enjoy it all on its own, it’s filling and tasty.

Here is the complete Potato Hash Recipe that I follow.


1 pound potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 pound pork sausage, peeled
2 tablespoons fresh coriander, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon achiote (paprika)
1 teaspoon Worcester sauce
1/4 cup water
salt to taste


deep frying pan

Cook It Up!

Saute sausage for 10 minutes over medium heat, then crumble it up. Now add the remaining ingredients, stir, cover and cook until potatoes are done.

Serve it Up!

Serve hot and with tortillas.

Add a Pinch of Imagination and a Sprinkle of Creativity! (variations)

Veggie eaters, don’t despair you can have a taste too. Simply take out the pork sausage and add a few colorful vegetables like red pepper, green beans, and any other veggie you love.

And for meat eaters, mix it up a bit, instead of pork sausage use chicken sausage, and I’ve even had Picadillo with Tuna. That’s the beauty of this dish, you can add whatever you want to it.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2023

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