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Plantain Tortillas /Tortillas de Platanos

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So excited to show you how to make Tortillas de Platanos or Plantain Tortillas. Now before I begin let’s talk about plantains and why you need to learn to love them.

We talk about plantains for many years as this is part of our Puerto Rican culture. Some of the top Puerto Rican recipes contain plantains because like potatoes you can make them in many different ways.

What is the difference between banana and plantain?

Plantain and banana are different but similar in so many ways. Plantains and bananas are:

  • Part of the banana family
  • They look similar
  • Good source of nutrients such as antioxidant compounds, magnesium, potassium, fiber and vitamin C.
  • Both very affordable

How do you use plantains?

When it comes to plantains you can:

  • Boil them
  • Mashed them
  • Grilled them
  • Fry them
  • Bake them

Plantains are members of the banana family and are very starchy. They can be eaten at any stage of growth meaning you can eat them “green” or “yellow” for a sweeter taste.

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Can you eat raw plantains?

Eating raw plantain is not recommended.

You can’t eat them raw they must be cooked before consuming as they are not regular bananas.

Where can you buy plantains?

You can find plantains in most of the USA in the produce section of your local grocery store.

Differences between green plantains and yellow plantains?

Now you if you buy plantains green they are more bland and starchy. Buy them ripe, and you get a sweeter taste.

A good tip to know is that the darker the outer skin, the sweeter the plantain will be.

Are plantains affordable?

Plantains are super affordable, and if you were to come to our home, you would see them in our kitchen.

You can find them as low as 4 for $1.00 in many areas of the United States.

What do you serve plantain with?

We add them to soups and even stewed beans! And yes, even make tortillas with them!

How to make plantain tortillas

To make these tortillas de Platanos or Plantain tortillas you are going to need ripe plantains.

If you have green plantains at home, then you might have to wait until your plantains are sweet and yellow.

How To ripen plantains

One method is to let the plantains ripe on its own by placing them in a warm and well-ventilated area that will make them ripe faster.

In a more cool area, they will take longer but you need to make sure you don’t disturb the plantain.

This process will take about 7- 14 days.

Another method to ripen your plantains is to place them in a paper bag and not disturb them. Make sure you check them frequently.

Watch the video below to learn how to ripen plantains quickly.

Ok now back to making this Tortillas de Platanos.

Ingredients to male Tortillas de Platanos

There are many ways to make tortillas de Platanos, and this is a simple way to make them. For this recipe you are going to need:

  • 6 plantains, ends removed and halved
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup + 4 T flour divided
  • 2 T coconut oil divided
  • Small bowl to cut out the tortillas

We are going to use this tortilla for a Beef Barbacoa recipe and a chicken recipe (we will post later), so I’m trying to keep the tortilla simple to make.

How to make plantain tortillas

How to cook plantains using an Instant Pot

Now you can cook your plantains using an Instant Pot or any other electric pressure cooker, and for this method, you are going to use the manual button or pressure cooking button and set it for 10 minutes and place the plantains with the skin.

Natural release for about a minute or two, then quick release.

Once is completed you are going to see the skin peeling off. Now for this recipe, I boiled it which took me longer.

See why I tend to “IP” everything?

How to boil riped plantains

In a large pot add the plantains and add salt and bring to a boil. Continue to boil for about 15 minutes.

Boiled plantain - Ripe

Remove the plantain from the pot and let it cool.

Using a food processor in 2 batches add half the plantain, 1/8 cup plus 2 Tablespoons of flour, and 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil.

Let it run for about a minute or until the dough becomes elastic. Now if the dough doesn’t form at this stage add another Tablespoon of flour and continue to process.

Once the plantain dough is ready, start with small golf ball-sized pieces and work them by hand into a flat disk on a well-oiled surface.

Oil the pin and roll the dough until it creates a smooth round tortilla. An important tip is that you want this to be a little bit larger than your bowl.

Now press the bowl into the dough and remove the cut edges and peel the tortilla from the surface gently. Parchment paper or wax paper works well to store the formed plantain tortillas.

How to make tortillas de platano or plantain tortillas.

On a very lightly oiled pan cast iron, cook the tortillas de Platanos for about 2 minutes on each side.

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Place the tortillas on a large cloth napkin and fold it after adding each tortilla.

You have to try this tortillas de platanos or Plantain tortillas that are so easy to make you will be making them all the time! All you need is 3 ingredients and in no time you will have this affordable riped plantain tortillas!

You can try this recipe with these Tortillas de Platanos:

Tortillas de Platanos Recipe

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Tortillas de Platanos (Plantain Tortillas)

Tortillas de Platanos (Plantain Tortillas)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Delicious tortillas de platanos (plantain tortillas) made with ripe tortillas, coconut oil and flour.


  • 6 plantains, ends removed and halved
  • 1/4 cup + 4 T flour divided
  • 2 T coconut oil divided


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil with the plantains.
  2. Once boiling, continue for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove plantains from water and let cool.
  4. In 2 batches, add half the plantains, 1/8 cup + 2 T flour, and 1 T coconut oil to a food processor. Let run for about 1 minute, or until an elastic dough has formed. If the dough doesn’t form at this stage, add another tablespoon of flour and continue processing.
  5. Once you have the dough, start with small golf ball sized pieces and work them by hand into flat discs on a well-oiled surface.
  6. Oil a rolling pin, and use it to create a smooth, round tortilla. You want this to be a little larger in diameter than your bowl.
  7. Press the bowl into the dough, remove the cut edges, and gently peel the tortilla from the surface. Wax or parchment paper work well to store the formed tortillas.
  8. Once they are all formed, cook them for about 2 minutes on each side in a very lightly oiled pan -cast iron works well for this.
  9. Stack the cooked tortillas on a large cloth napkin, folding to cover after adding each one.


Small bowl to cut out the tortillas -we used one that was 5.5” across.

*getting the dough to exactly the right consistency can be tricky. I have found that adding a little more flour and either processing some more or simply kneading the dough, can produce the desired elasticity. Be sure to use generous amounts of oil on all surfaces, including your hands! This dough is sticky and tricky, but well worth the effort to make it work as the results are amazing!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 94gFiber: 7gSugar: 40gProtein: 3g

This nutrition calculations might not be accurate.

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