Guatemala - Rellenitos De Platano

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

This recipe is by Hgava and is for the ZWT 7 tour of South/Central America. "This recipe is versatile and can be used as a dessert or an appetizer. Eat this plain or with a little sugar on top or with sour cream like we do in Guatemala!"

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 plantains, peeled and broken into chunks
  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried black beans
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 quart oil (for frying)


  1. Place the plantains in a large pot and cover with water.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until tender, 15 minutes, then drain and mash.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat the refried beans and stir in the sugar and salt, mix well then remove from heat.
  4. To make the rellenitos, form a palm-sized amount of mashed plantains into a ball; flatten and place about a teaspoon of the bean mixture in the middle; then mold the sides of the plantain around the beans, making an egg-shaped ball.
  5. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large skillet to 375 degrees F or until a small amount of batter sizzles and browns in the oil.
  6. Fry rellenitos in oil until browned and drain on paper towels.
  7. Enjoy plain, with sugar or with sour cream.
Most Helpful

This makes a nice appetizer, although I am a little weirded out about putting sugar in refried beans. I guess it could be a dessert if you put sugar on it.

threeovens April 21, 2014