Growing up, fried plantains were a staple in my house. In my culture, we call them platanos or tostones and they are most often served as a side to a main dish. My mom would make platanos 2-3 times a week and we would all circle around the stove like vultures, waiting for her to pull these nice, crisp snacks out from the frying pan. They are always best eaten warm, with just a slight sprinkle of salt. Childhood comfort food, for sure.
Plantains are botanically the same as bananas, however, plantains are cooked and most commonly served as a vegetable. Plantains can be eaten fried, as my recipe calls for, or they can also be served boiled or used in a dish like Mofongo.
My Fried Plantains and Black Bean Dip recipe was inspired by mom’s cooking and also my travels to Aruba. While in Aruba for my honeymoon over twelve years ago, my husband and I stumbled upon this quaint little cafe on one of the town’s side streets. They served Caribbean comfort food and one of the sides was refried black beans, served alongside rice and grilled steak.
This is such a simple recipe and offers an interesting twist to normal chips and dip. With the weather warming up, this would a great start to your favorite grilled meal or maybe your next Caribbean-themed party.
- 4 green bananas (plantains)
- 1 can (15.5 oz) black beans
- Onion powder
- Hot sauce
- Red onion (for garnish)
- Cilantro (for garnish)
- In a medium skillet, add 1 TSP of cooking oil and heat over medium heat.
- Add black beans, 1 tsp of onion powder, 2-3 dashes of hot sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Mash beans with potato masher or back of fork to create a smooth bean dip (I left mine a little chunky).
- Heat large skillet with cooking oil to fry plantains.
- While oil is heating, peel and slice green plantains, cutting on a diagonal.
- I sliced my plantains thicker than the width of a potato chip.
- Place sliced plantains in cooking oil and fry on both sides until crisp.
- Drain on towel and lightly dust with salt.
- Garnish bean dip with red onions and cilantro and serve alongside plantain chips.
- Make sure you use GREEN plantains and not the yellow version. The yellow version are a softer banana and will not crisp up and be suitable for dipping.