These homemade Baked Plantain Chips are crunchy, healthy, and delicious! Make this recipe once and you’ll never buy them from the store again.
Plantain chips are my new obsession. Tasty, easy to make, and healthy, these chips make a perfect snack for grown-ups and kids. I’ll teach you how to make them, and I am sure you are going to fall in love with plantain chips, too!
You may have already tried store-bought plantain chips. You loved them so much that you decided to try making them yourself. I’ve been there. I am so glad you found this recipe, friend! Once you try the homemade version, I doubt you’ll buy plantain chips again. Let’s get started!
Plantain Chips Video Tutorial
What is a Plantain
Plantain is a member of the banana family, but it is starchier and lower in sugar. It is bigger than a banana, has much thicker skin, and is usually consumed when still green. Although it is a fruit, because of the low sugar and high starch content, the plantain is treated as a vegetable. It can be baked, fried, roasted, and of course, turned into plantain chips!
Read more: Everything about Plantains.
Where to buy Plantains
Nowadays, plantains are sold in most grocery stores and large supermarkets. Most big chain food stores have them. They are usually located somewhere close to bananas, or root vegetables. I buy plantains from Walmart and Aldi.
What Kind of Plantain is Best for Plantain Chips
Plantains can be consumed both green (must be cooked) and fully ripe (can be eaten raw). For plantain chips, it is best to use green ones that are just about to start turning yellow. If you use very green plantains, they will be very hard to peel and will have very little sweetness. But when the plantain just starts turning yellow, it still has enough starch to create crispy chips, but also offers a bit of sweetness. When mixed with spices, or just sea salt, this sweetness adds extra flavor to the chips. Check the photo below to help you pick the best plantains for your chips.
- green plantains
- curry powder
- grapeseed or avocado oil
How to Make Plantain Chips
1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
2. Wash and peel the plantains. Cut them into very thin slices using a mandoline or a sharp knife. Place the slices into a medium mixing bowl.
3. In a small bowl or ramekin, mix together the curry powder, paprika, salt, and grapeseed oil.
4. Pour the spice-oil mixture onto the plantain slices. Using your hands, gently mix it together, breaking the stuck slices apart.
5. Arrange the plantain slices onto a large (about 12×17 inches), non-stick baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes.
Helpful Tips & Tricks
Use a Mandoline. While it is certainly possible to slice plantains with a knife, a mandoline is the way to go! Not only is it harder and takes longer to cut with a knife, but you won’t be able to get even slices, which makes the chips bake unevenly. Use the lowest setting on your mandoline slicer for the best results. You can find one at almost any large supermarket, or buy a mandoline from Amazon.
Use high-quality oil. I recommend using grapeseed or avocado oil for the best results. Both oils have a neutral flavor and make great chips.
Change spices. You can switch up the spices to make things more interesting when you get tired of the curry-paprika combo. You can just use oil and sea salt, or your favorite seasoning (Cajun, Berbere, Barbecue, etc.)
Make a dipping sauce. If you are feeling adventurous, make a dipping sauce for your chips. I especially love dipping them in Guacamole or Tzatziki.
How to Store Plantain Chips
Store the chips in a resealable sandwich bag. This is a good option if you plan to take the chips with you as a snack or pack them in a lunch within the next few days. The chips should stay fresh for about 7 days when stored this way.
Are Plantain Chips Healthy?
Homemade plantain chips have much less oil, calories, and sodium when compared to store-bought ones. A small serving of plantain chips can definitely be a part of a healthy diet.
Are they Vegan?
Yes, these chips are vegan. They are Whole30 and AIP compliant.
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Baked Plantain Chips
- 2 green plantains see note
- ½ tbsp. curry powder
- ½ tbsp. paprika
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 ½ tbsp. grapeseed or avocado oil
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
- Wash and peel the plantains. Cut them into very thin slices using a mandoline or a sharp knife. Place the slices into a medium mixing bowl.
- In a small bowl or ramekin, mix together the curry powder, paprika, salt, and grapeseed oil.
- Pour the spice-oil mixture onto the plantain slices. Using your hands, gently mix it together, breaking the stuck slices apart.
- Arrange the plantain slices onto a large (about 12×17 inches), non-stick baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
Good Idea, in Latin America we eat this green plantain fried, so I will try it this way, the other think is that the yellow plantain never is to raw, you can fried, boiled, bake but never raw.
Danny R Webb says
I followed the recipe and instructions to the letter and mine turned out terrible. Not at all crunchy. After baking for 20 minutes at 350, they were still very soft. I baked them for another 10 minutes with little change. Finally, 10 more minutes and still soft. I took them out of the oven, patted them dry between paper towels and left them in the cooling oven for an hour and a half, hoping that they would dry out but no luck. What could I have done wrong?
Tania Sheff says
HI Danny! Sorry about that. Did you slice the plantains really thin?
Great tips, please what other ingredients can be substituted for paprika
Tania Sheff says
You can skip paprika altogether, Edward. Or use seasonings such as taco, Old Bay, fajita, etc. Happy cooking!
Myriam Castillo says
I slice the plantains with the carrot grader
On the wide cutter .
Perfect thin round slices
These turned out great and crunchy. Thanks for the healthier recipe.
Tania Sheff says
Thanks for reporting back, HP!
I have always fried my plantain "chips". tried baking last night and there is no going back! They are so crunchy and tasty!
Tania Sheff says
That's great to hear! I love these chips!