¡Yaroa! ¡A proof that Santiago is Santiago!*

Santiago Yaroa recipe

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Hello everyone!!

Today I bring you all a recipe from the heart of the Dominican streets. A typical street food treat right from the Valley of Cibao, in the heart of the Dominican Republic: Santiago!

For some time, friends had been asking me for this recipe and I admit that I had to research a little. This recipe is terribly flavorful…enjoy!


Ingredients for the Santiago Yaroa

  • 4 ripe plantains.
  • 1 lb ground meat.
  • ½ lb of Gouda cheese.
  • ½ bell pepper.
  • 1 tbsp. paprika.
  • ½  Cubanela pepper.
  • 1 sweet pepper.
  • 1 red onion.
  • 2 spoonfuls of tomato paste.
  • 2 spoonfuls of mayonnaise.
  • 2 spoonfuls of cream cheese.
  • 2 spoonfuls ketchup.
  • 1 bouillon cube.
  • 1 spoonful of black pepper.
  • 1 spoonful of green milled oregano.
  • Salt to taste.


Directions for preparing an amazing Santiago Yaroa

Boil the ripe plantains with a little bit of salt. Take them out of the water, mash into a puree and separate.

Prepare the ground meat and cook it with the sweet pepper, the onion, the pleasant pepper and the cubanela pepper along with the paprika, the bouillon cube, the black pepper, oregano, tomato paste and salt. When the meat is cooked, add the mayonnaise, cream cheese and ketchup and mix well.

Make a bed with the ripe plantain pure to make a layer and place a generous layer of meat above. Place the cheese on top of the meat and put in the microwave for a few seconds to melt the cheese. (It is not necessary because the heat of the meat will melt the cheese anyway, but if you are very hungry, the microwave will help accelerate the process!)

It can also be prepared with chicken meat and with French fries instead of ripe plantains, although the truth is that in this recipe, the combination of the sweet taste of the ripe plantains and the ground meat is simply mouthwatering. I have to give it to “Santiagueros” (people from Santiago): “Santiago is Santiago!”  (*popular say in Santiago to express the pride Santiagueros feel about their city and their culture)

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About Arturo Féliz-Camilo

Escritor. Consultor. Historiador. Cocinero tradicional Dominicano. (Writer. Consultant. Historian. Dominican traditional food cook)
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9 Responses to ¡Yaroa! ¡A proof that Santiago is Santiago!*

  1. N says:

    I made this this weekend. Que Rico

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  3. Olga Vinas says:

    Explain the right ripeness of the plantain…. yellowish soft but not to soft ! as consistency of ripe plantain is important !

  4. Anonymous says:

    How many people does this recipe serve

  5. Liki says:

    This came out amazing. Definitely adding it to the rotation. But maybe only as a treat lol

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