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garlic tostones with chipotle aioli

Garlic Tostones & Chipotle Aioli

  • Author: Simone Miller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 20 small tostones
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: South American


twice fried, extra delicious 


  • 23 cups oil for frying (I used half coconut oil and half light olive oil)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground sea salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, (minced or pressed, divided)
  • 3 green unripe plantains
  • chopped cilantro, (for garnish)

For the Aioli

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon  chipotle paste or chopped chipotle peppers in adobo  (or more to taste, depending on the strength of your chipotles)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice


  1. Heat the oil to 350ºF in a medium pot over medium-high heat; you’ll want lots of room above the oil because it will expand and foam a bit when you add the plantains.
  2. Combine the water, salt, and most of the garlic in a medium bowl- reserve about one teaspoon of the garlic.
  3. To peel the plantains, cut off the ends and cut 3-4 lines length-wise through the skin. Use those cuts to peel the skin off. Slice the plantains into 1 inch thick slices.
  4. Once the oil is shimmering, fry the plantains in batches, about 8-10 at a time, for about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  5. With a small heavy skillet or wooden spoon, flatten the plantain chunks to be 1/4 inch thick or so. Dip them in the water and transfer to a clean towel. Set aside, and repeat the frying, flattening and dipping with the remaining plantains.
  6. Once they are all fried, flattened and dipped, fry them again for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Remove to a serving platter.
  7. In a small pan, lightly brown the remaining teaspoon garlic in a tablespoon of oil for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Drizzle over the plantains.
  8. Serve with chipotle aioli on the side.

To make the aioli:

  1. Combine the mayonnaise, chipotle paste and lime juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired.