Patacones Mini Tostadas is a fun recipe to make and serve. Cute little tostadas with beans, guacamole, salsa, and cheese (optional) that each person can construct right at the table.
Patacones Mini Tostadas
Don and I learned how to make these delicious little gems, Patacones Mini Tostadas, at a cooking class in Costa Rica. Made with green plantains, they can be a main dish, side dish, or appetizer. Most of the recipe can be made ahead of time, but it's easy to do it all (including all the toppings) in less than an hour. You will need a patacones press or tortilla press, though.
What Do Plantains Look Like?
Patacones are made with "platanos verde" (green plantains). They look like big green bananas, but they taste nothing like bananas. The Cuban restaurant in Harrisonburg, Cuban Burger, serves patacones and also serves "platano maduro" (sweet fried plantains). Most people think of the sweet dessert instead of the version made from green plantains. But I love these patacones!
Since I eat gluten free, I like the patacones. They can be substituted for tortillas in many recipes.
What You Need
Step by Step Pictures
Select green plantains and peel them.
Patacones Mini Tostadas
- 2 green plantains
- 1 cup canola oil or enough oil to cover your skillet with ½" of oil
- 1 teaspoon salt or salt to taste
- 2 cups vegan refried beans or regular refried beans if you aren't vegan
- 2 cups guacamole
- 1 cup fresh salsa
- 1 cup shredded cheese optional
- Slice the plantain skin to remove the fruit inside. Be careful not to slice the fruit.
- Cut the plantains into oblong slices, about 1 inch long.
- Heat the oil in a skillet until hot.
- Place the plantain slices in the hot oil and cook for about 5 minutes until soft.
- Remove the plantains and press them flat in a plantain or tortilla press. Be sure to cover the press with plastic wrap or parchment paper to prevent sticking.
- Return the squashed plantains to the hot oil and cook until they are crispy and somewhat brown.
- Drain the newly made patacones on paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and top with your favorite toppings.
Recipe Nutrition Information
This recipe is GF, DF, NF, SF, EF, V, VG*
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.
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