Today we're talking all things plantains! This roundup of Puerto Rican Plantain recipes starts with some easy fried plantain chips and ends with a seriously impressive plantain fritter recipe. Keep reading to get the rundown on all of my favorite ways to prepare this popular latin ingredient.
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Tostones (fried green plantains)
If you're ever lucky enough to visit Puerto Rico, this is the plantain recipe you'll likely try first. Tostones are a super popular snack/side/appetizer made from twice fried green plantains. The result is a super crunchy, savory treat that resemble freshly fried french fries in texture and are unmatched in flavor.
Maduros (sweet fried brown plantains)
If Tostones aren't the first bite you try in Puerto Rico, it's likely because you had Maduros instead! Maduros are the sweeter, softer, and more mature version of Tostones. Made with sweet brown plantains and fried in similar fashion, this traditional snack is even easier to make and full of flavor.
Air Fryer Plantain Chips
If you've joined the Air Fryer bandwagon in the past few years, this is the plantain recipe for you! Inspired by all those delicious plantain chips available in the chip aisle at your local grocery store, this crispy air fried spin on Tostones is a fun and grease free recipe.
Now that you're well versed in a variety of Puerto Rican plantain recipes, you're ready for a challenge. This recipe for Alcapurrias does require some patience and a few more steps than the other recipes. That said, the result is something so special and unique in flavor it's worth every second of labor. These fritters are made with yucca root and green plantains, then stuffed with picadillo.
I hope you found some inspiration in this list of plantain recipes! While this isn't a complete list, I think it captures just how versatile the ingredient really is. If you make a recipe please reach out on Instagram or leave a comment below and let me know what you think!