Rellenitos de Plátano

By La Salsa Inglesa

‘Rellenitos de plátano’ are a popular snack made with mashed plantain and stuffed with black beans. Topped with a sprinkle of sugar, these tasty rellenitos are a mixture of sweet and sRellenitos de platanoavoury rolled into one!

Plantains feature regularly in our recipes because they’re a readily available staple here in Guatemala. Although often mistaken for moldy bananas they are actually at their best when their skins have browned. Plantains are a nutritious fruit. They have a higher caloric value than dessert bananas, which means they give you an even greater energy boost for that mid-afternoon lull. They also contain more Vitamin A and C than dessert bananas. Don’t be perturbed next time you see a seemingly forgotten banana in the tiendita, give it a home and turn it into something delicious!

Makes about 20-24 rellenitos. They’re easy to make but allow about 1-hour for preparation and cooking time


4 large ripe plantains

1 cup cooked black beans – drain well so it makes a thick paste

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

Oil, for frying



  1. Cut the ends off the plantains. Leaving the skins on put the plantains in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and cook about 15 minutes until the plantains are soft
  2. Once cooked, remove the plantains and let cool for a few minutes before removing the skins and then mashing the flesh in a bowl with a fork until nice and smooth
  3. In a separate bowl place the well-drained black beans and mash well along with the sugar and salt, use less salt if you’re using canned beans
  4. Heat a large frying plan and add a generous amount of oil to coat the whole pan
  5. Using a tablespoon to measure, take one tbs of the mashed plantain, roll into a ball and then flatten to form a small patty in the palm of your hand. Make a small indent in the middle and add ½ tsp of the black bean mixture. Fold up the sides so the bean mixture is nicely sealed into the middle. Press between the palms of your hands to flatten a little
  6. Place the rellenitoin the frying pan and begin to fry while you continue to prepare the rest of therellenitos. Fry over a medium heat until browned on both sides.
  7. Once cooked, transfer onto a plate with a paper towel to absorb a little of the oil. Serve warm with a sprinkle of sugar over the top.

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