The Best Latin Green Plantain Recipes

Green plantain recipes are quite abundant in Latin food, as abundant as rice, and each country adapts the recipes or creates new ones, even replacing some ingredients with plantain to give it a different touch and flavor.


List of recipes with green plantain

We are going to give you a short list of green plantain recipes that you will love and are super easy to prepare.

Keep in mind that when we mention green plantain we are referring to the plantain and not to bananas or bananas.


Marranitas or puerquitas are a typical Colombian dish, very typical of Cali, the capital of Valle del Cauca. They are used as tickets for special occasions at home and at your family gatherings.



  • 2 green bananas
  • ½ pound pork rinds
  • a stalk of chives
  • 1 clove garlic
  • oil for frying
  • Salt



  1. Chop the garlic and chives finely.
  2. Fry the chicharrón in small pieces until toasted. You can also use the crackling that they sell in a bag, for which you must crush them to make them small.
  3. In a bowl mix the pork rinds, chives and minced garlic; You can add a little salt if you want. Reserve.
  4. Peel and cut the bananas into three pieces each.
  5. Heat enough oil in a frying pan, when this happens add the banana pieces and leave them over medium-low heat so they cook inside and don’t burn on the outside.
  6. When the bananas are golden, remove from the pan on kitchen paper to remove excess fat.
  7. On a clean cloth put each piece of hot plantain and crush it like a patacón. With a kitchen brush, spread a little of a mixture of water and salt on the banana.
  8. Put the filling with the pork rinds, the onion and the garlic that we already had mixed on the banana. Using the same cloth, close the marranita and shape it into a ball until all the filling is inside.
  9. Give the sow another brushstroke of salted water all over the surface.
  10. Take the pig to the hot skillet and turn it on all sides until it browns.

Serve this delicious appetizer with hot pepper or the sauce of your choice.

Bolón de verde

This is a recipe that also serves as an appetizer or is used in Ecuadorian breakfast. The recipe is similar to the Colombian marranitas but it has another way of preparation. There are even other similar recipes in other Latin American countries with different fillings, such as mofongo in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic, or tacacho in Peru.


  • two green bananas
  • ½ pound mozzarella cheese
  • 2 chorizos or ½ pound of chicharrón
  • oil for frying



  1. In a frying pan, fry the chorizos in small pieces or the pork rinds, also cut into small pieces.
  2. Peel the bananas and add a little water to a pot with the green banana to cook. Cook until they are soft and can be pressed or made into a kind of mashed banana.
  3. Take a little of the plantain dough and fill with grated cheese, pork rinds and/or chorizo. Using your hands, close the dough well so that the filling is well covered.
  4. You can serve the bolón verde as you left it or you can fry it again in enough oil to make it crispy, hot and melt the cheese a little.

Enjoy this delicious breakfast or snack with chili, fried egg and a good cup of hot coffee.

If you want a vegetarian recipe, you can use only cheese, or even if you are vegan, you can use tofu and the recipe is super delicious.


Green plantain flour arepa

One of the green plantain flour recipes that we like the most and that is easily prepared is this: plantain flour arepas.


  • a cup of green plantain flour
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ pound block Parmesan cheese


  1. Grate the cheese and reserve.
  2. In a pot boil the water.
  3. In another deep container add the water and gradually add the green plantain flour, also add the salt. Stir initially with a spoon to avoid accidents with hot water.
  4. Knead then by hand and add cheese to taste.
  5. Assemble balls, flatten with the help of a board and two plastic wraps and place in a hot pan to brown on both sides.

Enjoy with butter and a few slices of cheese and of course, a good cup of chocolate!

As you may have realized, the green plantain recipes that we have just told you are too simple like everything we like to teach, so that you are encouraged to prepare them at home and enjoy them with your family and friends.

All the recipes that we mention are suitable for coeliacs, since they do not contain gluten.

Also visit other banana recipes that we already have available on our blog and that you can prepare at any time: Venezuelan patacones and aborrajados


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