Platanitos (Plantain Chips)

Also known as “galleticas de platano verde” and “mariquitas de platano,” platanitos have become a popular snack treat in America, rivaling potato chips and tortilla chips. As tasty as the store bought ones are, they are not nearly as good as homemade ones.

Yield:  A big basket of chips (snacks for about 12)

  • 4 large green plantains
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • salt or garlic salt


  1. Peel the plantains
  2. Using a box grater, mandolin-type slicer or food processor fitted with a slicing blade; slice the plantain into dozens of very thin round slices and set aside.
  3. In a deep fryer or in a deep saucepan over medium-high heat, heat 4 inches of oil to 350° or until a plantain slice sizzles when it hits the oil.
  4. Fry in small batches; drop the plantain slices into the oil and cook for about 3 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
  5. Remove the chips from oil with a slotted spoon or frying basket and drain on paper toweling and sprinkle with salt.

Serve with a favorite salsa or all by themselves.

For a healthier version of platanitos, place the sliced plantain rounds in a large plastic bag and toss them with 1 tablespoon olive oil and ¼ teaspoon salt or garlic salt. Spread the rounds in a single layer on a nonstick baking sheet and bake in a 400° oven for 10 minutes or until crisp. Watch them carefully and turn frequently to ensure they don’t burn.