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Updated on Sep 14, 2020. Posted on Oct 6, 2019

10 Different Ways To Cook And Eat Plantains

Plantains are simply the greatest, this is not up for discussion.

Fact: Plantains are one of the most versatile, delicious foods to exist. This is not up for debate.


They are an incredibly popular food staple in Latin America and the Caribbean, meaning countries like Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Colombia, and others have practically *perfected* cooking them — and there are a lot of beyond mouthwatering ways they've done that.

Here are just some tasty ways to cook your next batch of plantains:

1. Mofongo — mashed fried green plantains with garlic and pork.

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Mofongo is a plantain-based mash made with garlic and pork cracklings, which is then molded into a tasty little ball of heaven. It's said to have originated in Puerto Rico, with the Dominican Republican spinning off their own version (listed above).

Get the full recipe from Simple By Clara (an incredible site packed with a variety of Dominican recipes).

2. Pastelón — lasagna created with thin layers of plantains.

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Pastelón is a traditional Puerto Rican meal made with, of course, plantains. There are a variety of ways to make this dish (some that have caused family rifts, just read this recipe creator's story!), but it's commonly made with cheese or green beans.

Get the full recipe from Marta Rivera on Simply Recipes.

3. Aborrajados de plátano — plantain fritters fried with mozzarella cheese slices.

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Plantain fritters are a tasty little snack common in tons of Latin American and Caribbean countries. They're easy to make, require few ingredients, and are easy to change up with different cheeses and add-ins.

Get the full recipe from My Colombian Recipe (and be sure to check out the rest of this site for more great Colombian cuisine).

4. Mangú con los tres golpes — boiled and mashed plantains served with salami, cheese, and eggs.


Mangú is a classic Dominican meal typically enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Get the full recipe from Tasty.

5. Plantain and lamb casserole — a flavorful dish packed with spices, raisins, cheese, and tomatoes.

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This dish was actually created by The Commanders Palace, a famous creole cuisine restaurant in New Orleans. It uses plantains and lamb as a savory base, plus a variety of spices and herbs, to create a flavorful meal you'll want to bake every week.

Get the full recipe from Bon Appétit.

6. Arroz de pajarito — a popular Colombian side dish made up of rice and ripe plantains.

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This popular side dish is as equally delicious as it is simple. It's made with few ingredients, but common variations can include coconut, onions, garlic, and bacon.

Get the full recipe from My Colombian Recipes.

7. Sopa de platano — a simple plantain soup needing only chicken stock and onion.

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Like all plantain dishes, plantain soup varies by country. This recipe is common in Colombia and only requires a handful of ingredients. It's filling and because of its simplicity, you can tweak it to satisfy your salt and spice preferences.

Get the full recipe from J. Kenji López-Alt on Serious Eats.

8. Tostones — fried plantain chips often served with a variety of dipping sauces.

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Tostones are an incredibly popular way to prepare plantains, probably because they're so easy (and tasty) to make. They're typically fried, flattened, and fried again until crispy. Super simple, super yummy.

Get the full recipe from Laylita's Recipes (and see the rest of this site for some incredible Ecuadorian recipes).

9. Pasteles en hoja — a tamale-style dish made with a plantain and root masa, and commonly stuffed with beef, chicken, or other meat.


Pasteles en hoja is another popular dish enjoyed in several Latin American and Caribbean countries. The masa is made with plantains and other roots, and then wrapped with banana leaves.

Get the full recipe from Tasty.

10. And maduros — fried sweet plantains for a break from the savory.

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Maduros — a sweet way to eat plantains common in the Caribbean — use very ripe, tender plantains because the darker the plantain, the sweeter it is. These sweet little bites can be seasoned with sugar and cinnamon for an easy dessert.

Get the full recipe from Bon Appétit.

Now, go forth and eat more plantains.


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