Cuban Black Eyed Pea Fritter

2020 Passport to Flavor recipe - Americas A crispy golden-brown fritter made with black eyed peas, topped with cotija cheese and served with a spicy mango habanero jam.

Cuban Black Eyed Pea Fritter

Total TimeTotal Time: 2 hours

ServingsServings: 10


¾ cup water room temperature divided

¼ teaspoon xanthan gum

1 cup DOLE Chef-Ready Cuts Mango Cubes thawed

1 cup mango puree

2 Tablespoons Cholula sweet habanero hot sauce

1 teaspoon ground paprika

¼ cup pure cane sugar

as needed vegetable oil for frying

7 cups black eyed peas dried sorted soaked

20 whole garlic cloves peeled

3 Tablespoons kosher salt

2-½ cups all-purpose flour

6-½ Tablespoons granulated sugar

3 Tablespoons baking powder

1 cup whole milk

3 whole egg

50 Prepared black eyed pea fritters sub-recipe

1-¾ cups cotija cheese

1-¼ cups Mango Habanero Jam sub-recipe

10 Tablespoons red onion minced

Nutrition Facts


  1. To Prepare Mango Habanero Jam:

    1. Mix 1/4 cup water and xanthan gum to make a slurry. Set aside.

    2. In a small saucepan, combine mango cubes, mango purée, hot sauce, paprika, cane sugar and remaining water.

    3. Bring to a simmer over medium heat until the liquid begins to reduce slightly, but mango chunks are still intact. 

    4. Allow mixture to cool slightly.

    5. While the mixture is still warm, stir in xanthan gum slurry until well combined. Allow mixture to cool completely.

  2. To Prepare Fritter Batter:

    1. Heat a deep fryer to 350°F.

    2. In a large bowl, sort black eyed peas; removing any broken beans and debris.

    3. Cover beans with water and soak for at least one hour or until husks begin to soften and can be easily rubbed away.

    4. Drain beans and put them in a food processor with garlic cloves and kosher salt. Blend until the mixture becomes a smooth paste.

    5. Transfer paste to a large bowl and mix in all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, milk and eggs; combine until batter is smooth.

    6. Using a 1 oz scoop, scoop fritter batter into hot oil and fry for 3-5 minutes, or until the fritter is golden brown and completely cooked through.

  3. To Serve:

    1. Serve 5 cooked fritters topped with 2 Tbsps fresh crumbled cotija cheese.

    2. On the side, service 2 Tbsps of prepared mango habanero jam with 1 Tbsp of minced red onions.

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