DSC_0094Let me start this post by saying I love my son. Let me now follow that by saying the little punk hid my sd card reader so now we have to box.

Moving on. This week we are making tostones. Tostones are fried plantains. You can buy plantains either green or yellow. The green ones are the ones we are using for this recipe. The yellow ones are also delish but much sweeter.

When choosing green plantains make sure they are dark green. The darker the better. In my picture they look a little yellow but there should be no yellow.  Begin by filling a pan with a little bit of oil over medium heat. You want enough oil to come up about half way on your sliced plantain coins.DSC_0071

Then you want to cut off each end and make a slice down the center of the skin. You should slice all the way through the skin but not into the actual plantain. Then peel off the skin.DSC_0077DSC_0076

Next slice the plantain in to roughly 1/2 inch diagonal coins. I say roughly because here in Case No Damns Given my coins are never uniform size. So you do you.


Once the oil is nice and hot, carefully place the coins in the pan. You only need to leave them for about 1-2 minutes per side. We are not cooking them just softening them.

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After the coins cool a little, we need to smash them. I used a tostenera, which you can pick up at most global super markets. A flat bottom cup works just as well.

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Finally, place the flattened plantain back in to the oil. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side. It should be crispy and golden when it is done then spinkle with a little salt.You can eat them plain, put salsa on them or my personal favorite top them with rice and beans. We have even topped it with rotisserie chicken, jalepeños and cheese and ate them like nachos.




  • 4 Green Plantains
  • Oil for Frying
  • Salt (Optional)


  1. Heat a small amount of oil over medium heat
  2. Slice off each end and slice down the center of the skin
  3. Peel off the skin
  4. Slice each plantain into diagonal coins, roughly 1/2 inch.
  5. Place several coins in to the oil. Fry 1-2 minutes each side to soften
  6. Remove from oil and allow the coins to cool for a couple minutes.
  7. Using either a tostonera or a flat bottomed cup; flatten each coin.
  8. Place the flattened plantain back into the oil and fry for about 5 minutes on each side.
  9. Remove from oil and lightly salt