Tacu-tacu, a classic Peruvian dish, is a patty made from seasoned mashed beans and rice that is then fried until crispy. It is often served at breakfast or lunch, topped with a fried egg and salsa criolla.

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 115 min

Total time: 120 min

Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 8 to 10 servings


  1. Place beans in bowl with three times their volume of water. Soak overnight. Drain.

  2. Render bacon in large saucepan, stopping short of crispy. Add beans and water to cover by 1 inch. Cook until soft, about 90 minutes. Set aside and let cool. Mash beans with fork to create rough paste.

  3. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat, and cook onions and garlic until golden. Add Aji Amarillo Chile Paste, and cook for 2 minutes. Add mashed beans and rice, stirring to mix well. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Let cool slightly.

  4. Heat additional oil in large skillet. Form rice and bean mixture into patties, 1/2 cup at a time, and fry in oil until crispy on both sides.

  5. Serve topped with fried eggs.