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Mofongo Puerto Rican Style Plantains

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: gluten free, grain free, paleo
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Servings: 4
Calories: 305kcal
Author: Stacey


  • 3 Large Green Plantains not yellow or red ones ( do not sub with banana)
  • 4 Cups Organic Chicken Broth or Home made chicken broth
  • 3 Coves Garlic Peeled and Chopped.
  • 5 Slices of Bacon ( uncured nitrate free kind)
  • 1/3 Cup fresh Cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 Cloves Garlic Peeled and minced
  • 1/2 Tsp Himilayan Sea Salt * optional
  • 1/2 Lb to 1 Marinated and cooked Beef, Chicken or Shrimp ( I marinate mine in a sauce of : 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 cloves minced garlic, 3 tbsp cilantro, 2 tbsp lime juice and 1 tbsp vinegar, then bake for 20 or more minutes in 400 F oven.) * optional, omit if making this a side dish.


  • Put on some rubber gloves, really do it, plantains stain your skin and nails black.
  • Chop ends off plantains.
  • Score ,with sharp knife, the plantains down each rib, about four lines.
  • Wedge your fingers or a spoon between plantain and the peel ,then slide down until each scored section of the peel comes off.* might take a little practice.
  • Chop Plantains into small slices, and add to a stock pot.
  • Pour chicken broth over plantains in pot.
  • Add 3 cloves chopped Garlic to broth, and bring pot to a boil.
  • turn heat down to medium, cover pot and boil for 25 to 30 minutes, or until plantains are really soft.
  • while Plantains are cooking, Fry Bacon slices till crisp.
  • Remove bacon from pan and set on paper towels.
  • Add 4 cloves of minced Garlic to bacon grease in pan, and saute until softened.
  • Chop bacon into crumbles.
  • Add: bacon, garlic with a little bacon grease, chopped cilantro, and olive oil to a food processor.
  • Process until a paste forms, remove paste and put in a bowl, and set aside.
  • Drain cooked plantains in a colander.
  • Place plantains back in the warm pot and mash with a potato masher or electric hand beater.
  • Mash or beat until it forms a "lumpy mash potato" consistency.
  • Add the bacon cilantro paste to your mashed plantains, and stir in well.
  • Separate mashed plantains into 4 lumps.
  • Mold each lump on a plate with your clean hands, (sorry, o.c.d moment).
  • you can do a dome shape, or I make a dome then flatten the top ( like a plateau shape)
  • Put marinated meat over top for main dish, or leave plain for a side dish.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Fiber: 1.9g