Ripe Plantain and Cheese Empanadas

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Ripe Plantain and Cheese Empanadas
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 12
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by: Jeannette Quinones
Updated Jul 20, 2017


  • 4 sweet plantains
  • 8 cups of water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (or other cheese of your preference), grated
  • 2-3 cups vegetable oil to fry
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar


  • 1
    Wash and cut the plantains in half. Boil them with the skin at medium heat in a large pot with 8 cups of water and salt to taste, until plantains are completely cooked and soft, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • 2
    Peel and mash cooked plantains with fork until you get a purée. Let cool.
  • 3
    Stir in egg, flour, vanilla and mix well. Put it in the refrigerator for half an hour. Form 12 balls with the dough, press down, and make them round with the palm of your hand.*
  • 4
    Add the cheese, fold it in half and press a bit around, so the cheese is sealed and it does not melt out.
  • 5
    Fry them on both sides until they are brown, without letting them burn. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with sugar on top.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    *Use extra flour when handling dough to keep it from sticking to your hands.
  • tip 2
    You can also stuff empanadas with ground beef, beans, or mixed meats.
  • tip 3
    You can cook plantains in the microwave for 3 minutes.
  • tip 4
    Also you can roast them folded in aluminum paper.

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More About This Recipe

  • Another easy-to-make and flavorful recipe for plantain empanadas! This time I’ve prepared them with sweet plantains from the Caribbean coast of Venezuela. Ideal for breakfast or as an accompaniment with rice for dinner. This is my version of this delicious “Empanadas de Plátano Maduro y Queso” straight from Venezuela.
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