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Plantain Sandwich Recipe - Jibarito

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Plantain Sandwich - Jibarito Sandwich. Photo © Hector Rodriguez. Licensed to About.com.

Plantain Sandwich - Jibarito Sandwich

Photo © Hector Rodriguez. Licensed to About.com.
In Puerto Rico, “jibaro” is a reference to the islands rural, agrarian population. But, in Chicago a jibarito is a "culinary masterpiece that when done properly first hits your nose with its fragrant smear of garlic oil wafting off hot, crisp, fried plantains.” (Puerto Rico Herald)

My jibarito version has a roast beef filling with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and seasoned mayonnaise. You can make these large or small for party sandwiches.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes


  • Oil for frying plantains
  • 2 large green plantains
  • lettuce
  • 1 tomato (cut into thin slices)
  • 1 onion (peeled and cut into slivers)
  • Swiss cheese (sliced for sandwiches)
  • 1/4 pound roast beef (thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Toothpicks and olives to hold the sandwich together


  1. Heat the oil to 375 Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel the plantains. Cut the plantains in half, then cut each half lengthwise.
  3. Fry the plantains in oil for 4 minutes. Remove from hot oil and drain on paper towels.
  4. Flatten the plantains. Re-fry in the hot oil for another 4 minutes. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Set aside.
  5. Mix together the mayonnaise, chili powder, cumin powder and garlic powder.
  6. Spread the mayonnaise mix on one side of the flat plantains.
  7. Build your “sandwich” layering the tomatoes, onions, cheese, and roast beef, using the flat plantains as the bread.
  8. Stick a toothpick with olives in the middle of the “sandwich”.
  9. Serve immediately.
Servings: Makes 4 jibarito plantain sandwiches.
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 5 out of 5
Gotta Try this!, Member Bklynlady101

This in an awsome version of a non taditional sandwich. I have made it as is and Ive made it using Roast Pork instead of beef kind of like a Cuban Sandwich using the Plantain to replace the bread and adding a fried garlic and oil paste to replace the mayo. This is a must try idea.

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