Rellenitos de Plátano

photo credit: Rudy A. Girón via: photopin creative commons
photo credit: Rudy A. Girón via: photopin creative commons


  • 6 ripe plantains, peeled and broken into chunks
  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried black beans
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 quart oil for frying


  • Place plantains in 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until tender (bout 15 minutes.) Reserve some of the water.
  • Drain plantains, mash until you get a smooth consistency. Make sure the mixture is moist. If needed add a little of the reserved water.
  • In a small saucepan over low heat, heat the refried beans. Stir in the sugar. Remove from heat.
  • To make the rellenitos, form a palm-sized ball of mashed plantain; flatten and place about a teaspoon of the bean mixture in the middle; then mold the sides of the plantain around the beans, making an egg-shaped ball.
  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large skillet. Fry rellenitos in oil until browned. Drain on paper towels.
  • Drizzle with sugar, confectioner’s sugar, condensed milk or honey. You can also serve them with a dollop of sour cream on the side.


¡Buen Provecho!


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