papas locas

How to Make Papas Locas – The Ultimate Guide

Papas locas, or crazy potatoes, are popular in Latin America, especially in Mexico and Colombia. They are potatoes loaded with cheese, sauces, and toppings of your choice. They are easy to make, delicious, and satisfying. In this blog post, I will show you how to make papas locas at home, with some tips and tricks to make them even better. Let’s get started!

How to Make Papas Locas – Step by Step

Now that you know what papas locas are and why they are so good, let’s see how to make them. Here is a general recipe you can follow, but feel free to modify it according to your liking. You will need:

  • 4 medium potatoes (about 1 pound)
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese (any kind you like)
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of salsa (any kind you like)
  • 1/4 cup of chopped ham, bacon, or chorizo (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of corn kernels (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of black beans (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of diced avocado (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro (optional)

Here are the steps to make papas locas:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray it with cooking spray.
  2. Wash the potatoes and pierce them with a fork several times. Place them on the prepared baking sheet and bake them for 45 to 60 minutes, or until they are soft and tender.
  3. Remove the potatoes from the oven and let them cool slightly. Cut them in half and scoop out some of the flesh, leaving about 1/4 inch of potato skin. Save the scooped potato flesh for another use, such as mashed potatoes or potato salad.
  4. Place the potato halves on the baking sheet and brush them with melted butter. Sprinkle salt and pepper over them and bake them for another 15 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
  5. Remove the potato halves from the oven and fill them with cheese, sour cream, salsa, and other toppings you like. You can mix the toppings in a bowl and spoon them over the potatoes, or layer them individually on each potato half.
  6. Return the potato halves to the oven and bake them for another 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  7. Garnish the potato halves with cilantro, and serve them hot, with a fork and a napkin. Enjoy your papas locas!

How to Make Papas Locas – Tips and Tricks

To make your papas locas even better, here are some tips and tricks that you can use:

  • Choose the right potatoes. For the best results, use starchy and fluffy potatoes, such as Russet, Idaho, or Yukon Gold. Avoid waxy and firm potatoes, such as red, white, or fingerling. They will not bake well and will have a dry and dense texture.
  • Cook the potatoes evenly. To ensure that the potatoes are cooked through and have a soft and creamy interior, pierce them with a fork before baking them. This will allow the steam to escape and prevent the potatoes from exploding in the oven. You can also microwave the potatoes for a few minutes before baking them, to speed up the cooking process.
  • Crisp up the potato skins. To make the potato skins crispy and flavorful, brush them with melted butter and season them with salt and pepper before baking them. Add some garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, or other spices to the butter for extra flavor. You can also fry the potato skins in oil instead of baking them, for a crunchier and greasier result.
  • Use your favorite cheese. You can use any kind of cheese that you like for your papas locas, as long as it melts well and has a good flavor. Some of the most popular choices are cheddar, Monterey Jack, mozzarella, queso fresco, or a blend of cheeses. You can also use vegan cheese, if you prefer.
  • Spice up the sour cream. You can make your sour cream more interesting by adding some lemon, lime, garlic, onion, cumin, chili powder, or other seasonings. You can also use yogurt, cream cheese, or vegan sour cream, if you prefer.


Making Papas Locas is not only easy and fun, but also rewarding. You can enjoy a satisfying and flavorful dish customized to your liking. Whether you prefer a spicy, cheesy, or vegan version, Papas Locas will always deliver a mouthwatering experience. Papas Locas is the ultimate dish for potato lovers who want to try something new and exciting. Follow this guide and you can make Papas Locas like a pro in no time!