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Spiced Plantain Chips Recipe

This spiced plantain chips recipe is an easy recipe for a great snack to have around the house. Lovely sweet taste, balanced by the chili pepper’s heat.

spiced plantain chips in a bowl- close up

These spiced plantain chips are a great snack to have around the house. In Latin America, plantain is used more like a potato replacement.

Plantains are more starchy than regular bananas to which they are related and must be cooked before being eaten.

How to make spiced plantain chips:

First of all, this snack has a lovely sweet taste, which is balanced by the heat from the chili powder.

They taste better if you cook them right before serving them. Choose green plantains. The dark ones are not suitable for this recipe.

Start by washing the plantain in some warm water. I have this thing about washing any vegetable I put my hands on, as I do not trust how they are handled in the stores.

I know a lot of people do not clean the bananas before they eat them, but I do. I feel safer.

two plantains

Anyway, cut off and throw away the ends of each plantain, then peel off the skin.

plantains - ends removed- part of the recipe steps

It will be much harder than a regular banana because, as you see from the picture, my plantains are not ripe yet. They are kind of green.

At this point, the plantain is less sweet, but it is starchy, like a potato.

plantain- peeled

Slice the fruit into rounds, cutting slightly diagonally to give larger, flatter slices.

plantain sliced

In a frying pan, pour oil and heat it until it is very hot. Test the oil by submerging the handle of a wooden spoon into the oil.

If the oil bubbles around the spoon, it is hot enough. (Grandma’s piece of advice)

Place the slices of plantain in the pan and fry them in small batches.

slices of plantain frying in the pan

Remove them from the pan when they become golden brown and place them on paper towels to drain.

Finally, mix the chili powder with the cinnamon and a little bit of salt and sprinkle the chips with the mixture. You need to serve them immediately while they are still hot.

They are delicious and so easy to make!

spiced plantain chips close up


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Yield: 4 servings

Spiced Plantain Chips Recipe

Spiced Plantain Chips Recipe 1

This spiced plantain chips recipe is an easy recipe for a great snack to have around the house. In Latin America, plantains are considered a staple and they can be used either like a potato replacement or made into desserts. This snack has a lovely sweet taste, which is balanced by the chili peppers heat. Delicious!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 large plantains
  • oil for shallow frying
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Cut off and throw away the ends of the plantains.
  2. Peel off the skin.
  3. Slice each plantain into rounds, cutting slightly on the diagonal to give larger, flatter slices.
  4. Pour the oil fro frying into a small frying pan, to a depth of about 1/2 inch(1 cm).
  5. Heat the oil until it is very hot and watch it closely.
  6. Test by carefully adding a slice of plantain- it should float and the oil should immediately bubble up around it.
  7. Fry the plantain slices in small batches so the temperature of the oil does not drop.
  8. When they are golden brown remove the slices from the oil and drain on paper towels.
  9. Mix the chili powder, cinnamon and salt together and sprinkle over the plantains.
  10. Serve immediately while still warm.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 282mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 4gSugar: 22gProtein: 1g

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