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.
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.
How to make spiced plantain chips:
Cut off and throw away the ends of each plantain, then peel off the skin.
Slice the fruit into rounds, cutting slightly on the diagonal to give larger, flatter slices.
In a frying pan, pour oil and heat it up until it is very hot. Place the slices of plantain in the pan and fry them in small batches.
Remove them from the pan when they became 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 still hot. They are delicious and so easy to make!
- 2 large plantains
- oil for shallow frying
- ½ tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- Cut off and throw away the ends of the plantains.
- Peel off the skin.
- Slice each plantain into rounds, cutting slightly on the diagonal to give larger, flatter slices.
- Pour the oil fro frying into a small frying pan, to a depth of about ½ inch(1 cm).
- Heat the oil until it is very hot and watch it closely.
- Test by carefully adding a slice of plantain- it should float and the oil should immediately bubble up around it.
- Fry the plantain slices in small batches so the temperature of the oil does not drop.
- When they are golden brown remove the slices from the oil and drain on paper towels.
- Mix the chili powder, cinnamon and salt together and sprinkle over the plantains.
- Serve immediately while still warm.