Machine to make pasteles (3 top recommendations)

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Making and serving savory pasteles at Christmas is a proud Puerto Rican tradition and everyone in the family looks forward to enjoying this most magical treat every Christmas.

This article is all about machine to make pasteles-  Trust me, making pasteles (from start to finish) without a machine is exhausting (grating all of those insanely tough root veggies is not fun!).

With that in mind, below are your options if you are shopping for a machine to make pasteles..

Best pasteles machine -Machine to make pasteles (Reviews)

Here are the machines to make pasteles that are worth the investment:

Grandma Ann’s electric grater – best machine to make pasteles

best machine for making pasteles

This electric grater works amazingly for pasteles (It’s perhaps the best machine for grating green bananas, yuca, yautia, etc.)

Yeah, we cannot recommend it enough – it’s definitely one the best machines to shred and make those beloved Puertorrican Pasteles (and Alcapurrias).

You will be blown away by how fast (you can grate so much ingredients in 5 minutes) and flawlessly it works.

We are particularly delighted with the texture this electric grater machine for pasteles gives the pasteles.

This grating machine is really a workhorse- and no matter how hard you make the machine work, it won’t overheat.

Oh, and it has a solid weight (it’s a super heavy-duty electric grater.) to it therefore it doesn’t move (when you’re grating)

It’s super easy to use and simple to clean all the parts (they come off pretty easily).

Key Specs/Features

  • Nickel plated finish
  • Heavy duty cast aluminum body 
  • 1/2-HP motor (550 Peak Watts)
  • Quick-release (for easy cleaning) 
  • 75qt stainless steel bowl 
  • 1-year warranty 
  • Dimensions: 12.13″(W) x 7.47″(D) 13.27″(H)
  • Weight: 19lbs.  



  • Larger mouth hopper (reduces chips and makes it easier to clean)
  • Longer run time
  • Excellent durability
  • More intuitive and easy assembly as well as disassembly for cleaning
  • Upgraded bowl (with lid plus handle)- you can add manual slice or shred blade to the bowl too!


  • Somewhat pricey



Multi-function Vegetable Cutter/Hand Drum Rotary Grater (with 3 Interchangeable Blades)- best banana grinding machine for pasteles

best banana grinding machine for pasteles

We recommend this versatile vegetable cutter if you’re looking for a grinding machine to strictly grate green bananas (for pasteles) that won’t disappoint.

The best part is that it grates the bananas to awesome consistency for Puerto Rican pasteles – it works way better than other expensive electric pasteles machines we looked at.

It also grates nearly all other hard root veggies to perfect consistency for pasteles.

In short, this machine will truly give pasteles the texture that you normally achieve by hand grating (Your pasteles will just be right- not too soft/too hard).

And because of its speed, using this makes the entire process much faster than a conventional food processor so we highly recommend it.

The only downside is that masa sometimes sticks to the underside (of its blade disc) so you might have to remove the cover every now and then-to scrape it out- before continuing.

Other than that, it is on the whole fabulous for pasteles – you will put potatoes, yucca, yautia, platanos, calabaza, taro, and more through it with no problem! 

It’s a cinch to clean as well.

Bottom line? This is surely the best machine used to make pasteles (in disguise) out there.

Key Specs/Features

  • Grates 176lbs. of things (80kg) in one hour
  • One set of blades(meaning you get two different levels of grating)
  • Safety trigger (it shuts off this machine if the motor gets too hot).
  • 250W/40Hz motor
  • 110V
  • Dimensions: 215 x 280 x 290
  • Weight: 11 lbs (5 kg)
  • Protection against electric shock Class II



  • Easy to put together/disassemble
  • Easy to change blades 
  • Incredibly easy to clean.
  • lightning speed (and no lumps!)
  • Very friendly for anyone with arthritis


  • A bigger bowl would make it even more amazing.



Ninja-BN601 Professional Plus 1000 Peak Watts Food Processor (Slicing, Chopping, Purees & Dough with 3 Blades – Best Masa machine

Best Masa machine

This food processor does everything right and can be a fantastic time saver when you’re making Masa for Pasteles (or any other recipe) so you can also go for it.

The different speed options along with the choice of 2 blades (plus the reversible shredding and slicing disc) are wonderful.

Plus, the food chute here is large enough so you won’t have problems getting medium-large pieces through it (and it’s narrow enough that they won’t flop all around).

Besides, there’s a very powerful small engine in there and it’s not excessively loud.

Also, the 9-cup bowl capacity is really generous not to mention that the locking lid (and the seal) works flawlessly.

It’s again friendly and easy to manage- and it comes with a cord keeper (that actually works!).

As with other Ninja appliances, it’s very well made, durable and reliable.

Key Specs/Features

  • 1000-peak-watt motor
  • 4 versatile functions (with 4 Auto-iQ intelligent pre-set programs)
  • 9-cup(72-oz.) processing bowl
  • Swappable disc and blades (Dough Blade, Quad Chopping Blade, Reversible Slicing and Shredding Disc)
  • Disc Adapter



  • Great performance.
  • Easy to use.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • The bowl and lid have a gasket to help keep everything in the bowl.
  • Quiet! 


  • The consistency may not be as smooth as you’d like when using a food processor like this.



Best machine for making pasteles – Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)

Where can I buy a machine to make pasteles?

There are a couple of online sellers- and as you have noted above Amazon has several machines to make pasteles for sale.

You can also check websites like (for Grandma Ann’s electric grater)

Can I use a blender to make pasteles?

Well, folks try a lot of machines (think meat grinders, food processors, etc.) and certainly some have found an electric blender a bit helpful but our advice is: get a tough multi-function vegetable cutter or Grandma Ann’s electric grater.

But if you insist on using your electric blender to make pasteles, be sure to crush yautias and bananas gradually (with lukewarm milk).


Final thoughts

The last thing we want to recommend is this classic Puerto Rican delicacies recipe book- It is a phenomenal starter book for everything Puerto Rican including mind-blowing pasteles recipes.

PS: Have you ever thought about making vegan pasteles? Simply use some kind of plant base meat or jackfruit- That would be so awesome. Also, try alcapurrias stuffed with crab – they’re so delicious.


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