Spiced Mashed Plantains

The sweetness of the ripe plantains balances the spicy and sour flavours of the sauce made from ají amarillo chilies, red pepper, vinegar and lime juice. A perfect side for chicken and other meats.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Makes: 8 (1/2 cup/125 mL) servings
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All You Need

  • 4 tbsp (60 mL) butter, divided
  • 4 tbsp (60 mL) olive oil, divided
  • 4 medium yellow (ripe but firm) plantains, (about 2 lb/1 kg), peeled and cut into ½-in (1 cm) slices
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) minced fresh garlic
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) ají amarillo paste
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¾ tsp (3 mL) McCormick Gourmet Crushed Red Pepper
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) McCormick Gourmet Ground Cumin
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) Club House Sea Salt Grinder


  1. Heat 3 tbsp (45 mL) butter and 2 tbsp (30 mL) oil in large skillet on medium heat until butter is melted. Add half of the plantain slices; cook 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Using tongs, transfer plantain slices to large bowl. Cover bowl with foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining plantain slices. (Do not drain any of the remaining butter and oil left in the skillet.)

  2. Heat remaining 2 tbsp (30 mL) oil and 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter in same skillet on medium heat until butter is melted. Stir in garlic with a whisk. Remove skillet from heat. Whisk in remaining ingredients until well blended. Pour sauce over plantains in bowl. Coarsely mash until well blended. Serve immediately. Sprinkle with additional finely chopped cilantro, if desired.

  3. Tip! If any plantain does not peel easily, cut off the end of the plantain. Using a sharp knife, carefully make 4 lengthwise slits just to the flesh of the plantain on opposite sides of the plantain’s skin. Peel of the sectioned pieces of the skin to expose the flesh of the plantain. Cut each plantain into ½-in (1 cm) slices.

  4. Tip! If not using plantains immediately, soak them in salted water to prevent them from browning. Drain and pat dry.

  5. Tip! Ají amarillo paste is made from ají amarillo, a hot and fruity Peruvian yellow pepper. It can be found in Latin markets, online specialty stores or the Latin aisle of some supermarkets.

  6. Tip! For a delicious Peruvian-inspired meal, serve with Peruvian Chicken with Chile Sauces.


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