Air Fried Tostones (plantains)

Tonight we had Mexican food for dinner and I decided to try and make some tostones in my air fryer. Tostones are twice-fried plantains. These are the things that look like bananas but they are not. I actually hate bananas so trust me when I say plantains do not taste the same because I love plantains. Here is how I made my air fried tostones (plantains).

**UPDATE 5/30/17:  Thanks to my readers I’ve learned a bit more about tostones. My recipe is my Americanized version for sure. I did find a little information on Wikipedia about tostones also…

Tostones (Spanish pronunciation: [tosˈtones], from the Spanish verb tostar which means “to toast”) are twice-fried plantain slices. They are most commonly known as tostones (in Puerto Rico, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela). They are also known as tachinos or chatinos (Cuba), fritos verdes (Dominican Republic), bananes pesées (Haiti), and patacones (Colombia, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Ecuador).

Usually for tostones the plantains are sliced and deep-fat fried for a couple of minutes. They are taken out of the oil and then smashed and then deep-fat fried once more. I have had these only a few times but I really like them. The first time was in Texas when I went to the Dell Headquarters and I was hooked!

Since I am trying not to eat fried foods with my weight loss and to be healthier, I thought I would try to make tostones in the air fryer and I am glad I did. They are super simple to make and Hubby liked them also.

Add the sliced and peeled and added to the Philips AirFryer

First slice your plantain. Some people make them really thin, others a little thicker. I tried a few different thicknesses, but in the end I preferred the skinnier ones. After you slice them take off the peel. Then place them in the pre-heated air fryer for about 5 minutes at 390° F.

Smash the plantains after first fry and then fry again

Remove the plantains after the first air fry and place on cutting board. You now need to smash them. Really it is more like mushing them. I use the flat side of a meat tenderizer, but you could use a rolling pin, bottom of plate or pan, etc. Whatever works. Don’t hammer on them, just firmly press down once to smash them. After they are all smashed I gave each side a very light spray of Pam Cooking Spray. Then air fried them again for about 5 more minutes.

The finished tostones done in the Philips AirFryer - no deep frying required

Salt them as soon as they come out of the air fryer and serve. You can eat them as they are or serve with a dipping sauce if you like. They were a great little extra to our Mexican meal tonight. This was Hubby’s first time trying them and he liked them as well. The bad part about plantains is that they are high in carbs but the good is that it is high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, and Potassium. Plus, these are not deep fried so you get a nice treat in a much healthier cooking method!

Have you ever had tostones? Have you had plantains in some other way?