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Bolón de Verde (Green Plantain Fritters)

Bolón de Verde (Green Plantain Fritters) are a delicious fried treat filled with  cheese, chorizo or chicharron (pork cracklings).  Perfect for breakfast, lunch or appetizer.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Lunch
Cuisine: Ecuadorian
Keyword: Green Plantain Fritter
Servings: 4 makes 14-16 balls
Calories: 480kcal
Author: Mexican Appetizers and More


  • 4 green plantains peeled and cut into slices
  • 2-4 tbsp butter
  • salt to taste
  • oil for frying

Garlic Aioli

  • 2 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1/8 cup oil

Bolón Filling

  • 8 ounces monterey pepper jack cheese cut into 1/2-1 inch cubes, could also use queso fresco or any other hard cheese

Alternatives for Fillings

  • chorizo
  • chicharrón


Garlic Aioli

  • Put oil and garlic in a chopper and blend for a few seconds until garlic and oil are combined.

Preparing Plantains for Bolón de Verde

  • Begin with cutting the ends off of plantains.   Using a knife score the plantain lengthwise, careful not to cut into the flesh.
    Using the tip of your thumb or the tip of the knife, gently pry the skin to lift the skin a little.  Then slip your thumb under skin to peel skin off completely.
  • Once skin is peeled off all the plantains, slice into 1/2 inch slices.
  • Heat a skillet with about an inch of oil deep over medium heat.
    After the oil is hot, add the slices and cook on each side for a few minutes until lightly golden brown.

    Drain on paper towels.
  • In a bowl mash the plantain slices with a wood masher, pestle or a potato masher to form a dough like consistency.  Add butter and mix well into plantain dough.

Forming and Frying Plantain Balls

  • Form 2 inch plantain balls.
  • Cut the cheese into 1/2 - 1 inch cubes.
  • Holding the plantain ball in your hand depress plantain ball in the center with your thumb to form a small cavity. Add cheese to center.
  • Carefully cover the cheese with the plantain dough and reshape into a ball.  Now the bolónes are ready to fry.
  • Heat the skillet used to fry plantain slices and fry bolónes on each side until golden brown. 
    Drain on paper towels and sprinkle salt over bolónes.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 939mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 2630IU | Vitamin C: 32.9mg | Calcium: 428mg | Iron: 1.5mg