Quipes (stuffed bulgur wheat rolls)

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 15 (large) 20-25 (small)
Cooking Time: 8-10 minutes each

1 lb of fine wheat or bulgur
1lbs of ground meat (chicken, Pork, Beef)
5 yerba buena leaves
5-6 allspice
2 cups of water
1 red bell pepper
1 medium onion
¼ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup of parsley

Picadillo for filling
2 lbs of ground meat
¼ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoon of wine
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
½ chicken bouillon
1cup of raisins
¼ cup of water
1 teaspoon of tomato paste
1 tablespoon of oil


Tip: You can freeze them for a 2-4 weeks

Wheat Preparations

Place the wheat in large bowl and cover with water and for 4-5 hours

Using a blender, blend the mint, allspice, pepper, onion, black pepper, 2 cups of water and parsley to a smooth texture

If any, drain the liquid from the wheat and assure it's dry completely

Picadillo & Cooking Instructions

In a large bowl, add ground meat, black pepper, onion and garlic . Blend well with your fingers

Add 1/2 of the meat mixture to the wheat and blend well with your fingers. Keep the other half for the filling

In a large skillet, heat oil add the remainder of the meat and brown. Add water, tomato paste, wine and chicken bouillon. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until meat is longer pink

Let it cool, then add the raisins to the meat and mix well

Cooking & Shaping Instructions
Shape wheat mixture into a ball and add the picadillo in the center of the ball. then, shape it into a roll using your hands. Make sure the ends are sealed by pressing them between your thumb & the index finger

Deep fry in hot oil (2-3 at a time) until they reach a a dark brown color. Rolls need to be completely covered with oil to assure thorough cooking and to reduce oil absorption

Serve hot or at room temperature, with your favorite dipping sauce


Quipes Are oval shaped rolls made mainly of wheat and meat filling. This recipe was brought to the Dominican Republic by the Middle Eastern & Mediterranean families who settled in the country.