Wordless Wednesday: El plátano macho

I love plantains, known as plátano macho in Spanish. They look a lot like big fat bananas, but they aren’t quite the same and the peel is much thicker than on a regular banana. You can buy them green or yellow with black spots like the ones pictured above depending on what you’re using them for. My two favorite ways to eat them are plain and fried with a little crema Mexicana or as empanadas rellenos de frijol, which is a recipe that comes from Veracruz (and is a family favorite) that I’ll have to share with you soon.

  • What’s your favorite way to eat plantains?


  1. says

    Plantains!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are my absolute favorite. I love them fried. We called them tajadas when they are fried. But I also love them baked with some salty white cheese, like cotija. And we called them just platanos! Cause the bananas we call them cambures! Que confusion!! 😉

  2. says

    I love plantains. In Peru we call them plátanos bellacos. In Nicaragua, maduros, and we eat them fried, boiled or baked with queso fresco and crema. This is called Maduro en Gloria. Mmmm… My mom used to make empanadas de maduro, filled with frijoles or pastry cream. Sooo good…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *