Traditional Guatemalan Christmas Food: Fried Plantains

Fried Plantains Traditional Guatemalan Christmas Food

Okay Carmen, this is not rellenitos, but it sure gets pretty close. I promise I post your rellenitos dessert pretty soon.

Bananas, including plantains, are native to Africa. Yet it is the Central American republics, but specifically Guatemala the tiny third-world country that is known as the Banana Republic. And no, we are most definitely not talking about the middle-class clothing store; although Guatemala is now a Maquila Republic too. We are talking about the Banana Republic created by UFCO and that Kyle called on to boycott. Yes we are talking about the United Fruit Company, now known as Chiquita Brands International, Inc. that created such a havoc and devastation in Guatemala that we are still recovering from its CIA operation PBSUCCESS.

But like in anything else in life, something good emerged from such a tragic history. Fried plantains, rellenitos (fried plantain dough filled with black beans), atol de platano (plantain-based hot and thick drink) and even the wrappings of traditional Guatemalan tamal came from the banana trees. Man, I could on and on talking about bananas recipes and dishes in Guatemala like Bubba did in the Forest Gump film about shrimp.

Bubba: Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that’s about it.

Enough said!

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  • *salivating* So, ehem, Rudy, you’re a behaviorist I take it? 😉 “Post food pictures and they will come.” Hahahaha. I LOVE IT!!!
    All these pictures are making me want to be in LAG or at least be at our Panaderia that is very far away from us. Actually, we were just at our bakery this weekend, but there were no rellenitos, only chiles rellenos, which were good but not in the dessert category. 🙁 However, I am more than delighted to see torrejas, bu~nuelos, and platanos fritos here. 😀 I can’t wait for the rellenitos picture. I would dance, but the only dance I know (now) is the Hokey Pokey. So here goes, “You put your right hand in/You put your right hand out/You put your right hand in/And you shake it all about/You do the Hokey Pokey/And you turn yourself around/That’s what it’s all about!” and so forth and so on… 😀

  • oh bananas and anything is a great food combination 🙂

    and thank you for the commentary as well.

  • Very nice post. I am not aware of this kind of food but it looks good.

  • You should also link to the posts you have made about Desayunos Chapines to show the sliced platanitos… We’ve seen and tried these “whole” fried plátanos on street vendors and restaurants from other parts of Latin America, but I don’t believe that I’ve seen the sliced platanitos version. It is quite easy to find plátanos here in Toronto, easier than it was in Kitchener-Waterloo where I used to live. Although sometimes they are too green. I try to have them for breakfast once in a while… particularly when I get nostalgic.

    I shouldn’t say this because I am not sure, but isn’t UFCO or at least UFCO’s stake in Guatemala now part of “Del Monte” and not of “Chiquita”? I think twice when I pick up a plátano that comes from Colombia with the sticker from Chiquita, but have no problem when it comes from Guatemala or Ecuador, you know, the whole, this American company paid mercenaries to kill people so I can have my breakfast the way the volcanoes taught me. Del Monte, I have always thought in the 90s, was one of the best employers in terms of benefits and extras for their agricultural workers in Guatemala. But you, or LD, might now better about this in the present time.

  • coltrane_lives

    It’s quite a-peeling! “Gump” references are too funny as well.

  • Claudia

    OMG, the best is fried plaintain with sour cream on top, (w/ a bit of sugar) . . . try it – mmmm good.

  • Interesting that you fry the entire plantain. Here we slice it up and then fry the individual slices.

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  • jennifer

    ewwwwwwww who fries plantains like that it’s to mushy


    Hey to all semovientes chapines. Just wanted to ask to any of you if you know how to make PLATANO EN MOLE. It’s been approximately 20years since I last had this dish. The only thing I remeber is how delish this dessert tasted, specially when my Aunt made it. Now that I’ve moved from California to Texas everything here is so different. Please help me I’ve been living here in USA for 32years and I’m barely learning how to make traditional food from Guatemala. Anyway Jennifer los PLATANOS FRITOS SON DELICIOSOS ESPECIALMENTE EN MOLE……..

  • ewwwww????????????? that looks gross!!!!