Appetizer · Side Dish · Vegetarian

Patacones (Fried Green Plantains)


I have been asked to come up with recipes using lesser known vegetables, I think this one is actually a fruit, but since we are not using ripe plantains and these aren’t sweet, let’s ignore the basics of botany.

Also called “TOSTONES”, these are a popular dish in many Latin American countries.


Green plantains
Olive oil or coconut oil


  • Peel plantains the easiest way to peel them is to cut the ends and cut a slit lengthwise on the peel and separate peel from flesh
  • Cut into 1 inch thick round slices
  • Heat about 1/2-inch of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add  the plantain slices to the hot oil and fry, turning frequently, until all sides are slighty golden brown
  • Using a tortilla press , rolling-pin, or the bottom of a heavy drinking glass flatten the slices
  • Fry slices again on both sides until slightly crispy and well browned
  • Drain on paper towels and serve with chimichurri or your favorite dipping sauce


For those that do not know what a plantain is, it actually looks like a big banana with a much thicker skin




11 thoughts on “Patacones (Fried Green Plantains)

  1. Yay! Love patacones!! Just bought some plantains to make these paleo plantain-cakes, but these looks so much better!!! Thank you!!


  2. My grandmother and mother made these plantains all the time. They used a grocery store paper bag to flatten them, which works great. That’s also what I use when I make them. Just put one on the outside of the bag, fold the bag over it, and smash the banana with your palm.


  3. Not paleo friendly but in venezuela this are eaten either with grated cheese or ketchup, mayo and grated cheese, alone they are great with fish


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s