If you’re looking for the best Guatemalan rellenitos de plátano recipe you’ve come to the right place. I love to share traditional Guatemalan recipes and this Guatemalan dessert is one of my favorite. Rellenitos are made with ripe plantains, filled with beans and covered in sugar. This sweet plantain recipe is one of the most delicious Guatemalan foods.
If you have never tried plantain rellenitos before you might think that this is a strange combination of flavors. But you’d be surprised at how amazing this plantain dessert is! It’s also a really easy Guatemalan recipe that can be made in less than 30 minutes.
Growing up I remember eating rellenitos during birthday parties and special holidays. This is one of those recipes that always brings me great memories. If you’re traveling to Guatemala make sure to try this delicious dish!
What are rellenitos de platano?
Rellenitos de plátano are a traditional Guatemalan dessert recipe. Made with mashed plantains filled with sweet black beans. Often, the beans are mixed with Mexican chocolate. However, not all rellenitos are made with chocolate.
How do you make rellenitos de platano?
Rellenitos de platano are made with mashed, cooked, ripe plantain. The mashed plantain is filled with sweet black beans then fried to make the rellenitos. They are then rolled in sugar or sprinkled with sugar.
Rellenitos de platano ingredients
Rellenitos de platano are made with just a few ingredients including plantains, black beans and sugar. There are many rellenito recipes and every family has their own recipe. Because of this, there are many different versions of rellenitos. Some plantain rellenito recipes mix chocolate into the beans. Sometimes they are served with sour cream or with more of the black bean chocolate sauce they are filled with. However there is not one way to eat them, everyone has their preference. I love mine with sour cream.
When do you eat rellenitos de platano?
You can enojoy rellenitos de plátano as a dessert, as an appetizer or as a snack or anytime. I also love to serve them along with breakfast. I eat them on their own or as part of a bigger meal. In Guatemala, people often eat rellenitos during holidays like Nochebuena (Christmas Eve), las posadas and New Year’s. They’re also a popular street food.
Guatemalan rellenitos de plátano recipe
Ingredients for making rellenitos
- 4 (yellow) ripe plantains
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 can of black refried beans (I use Ducal refried beans as it is the brand used in Guatemala. I find it at the Hispanic isle at Walmart)
- Vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- 4 teaspoons of sugar
- Wash the plantains. Cut off the ends of the plantains and discard. Cut the rest of the plantains into 4 parts leaving the skin on.
- Heat a medium pot filled with water, leaving enough room to add the plantains.
- Bring water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of sugar, cinnamon and the plantains.
- Reduce the heat and cook for about 10 minutes or until the plantain is cooked and feels soft. Make sure not to overcook it as you don’t want it falling apart.
- Drain the plantains saving the plantain water.
- Peel the plantains and remove the vein with the black seeds.
- Mash them into a smooth paste making sure there are no lumps. Let it cool.
- In a pan, cook the refried beans, 2 tablespoons of water, cocoa powder, and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Mix well until they form a soft paste.
- Heat sufficient oil in a large frying pan.
- Take a lime sized ball of plantain paste and flatten it in your hand. Then form a little bowl.
- Add one teaspoon of the chocolate/bean mixture and close the bowl so it forms an egg shaped ball with the chocolate/bean mixture inside. Make sure there are no holes or gaps so the filling cannot leak out.
- Fry the stuffed plantains until they have a light golden-brown color, turning them a few times so they are uniformly cooked.
- Sprinkle with additional sugar before serving.
- You can serve them with sour cream or with additional bean/chocolate sauce.
- To make the bean chocolate sauce just add a bit more water to the bean/chocolate paste until it reaches the desired consistency.
the plantains into 4 parts leaving the skin on.
feels soft. Make sure not to overcook it as you don’t want it falling apart.
holes or gaps so the filling cannot leak out.
a few times so they are uniformly cooked.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g