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Spiced Plantain Chips with Mint Garlic Sauce

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Garlic Sauce:

3 cloves garlic

1 cup mayonnaise 

1/2 jalapeno, with seeds 

1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves

1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves

1/2 teaspoon salt 

1 tablespoon lime juice 

1 tablespoon white vinegar 


Vegetable oil, for frying

2 tablespoons salt 

1 tablespoon smoked paprika 

1 teaspoon ground cumin 

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

Freshly ground black pepper

6 green plantains 


  1. For the garlic sauce: Puree the garlic in a food processor. Add the mayonnaise, jalapeno, mint, cilantro, salt, lime juice and vinegar; process until smooth.
  2. For the plantains: Fill a large heavy-bottomed pot with 2 inches of oil and heat to 350 degrees F.
  3. Combine the salt, smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne, and black pepper to taste in a small bowl; mix to blend.
  4. Trim the ends of the plantains with a paring knife. Score the skins lengthwise in a few spots, then peel. Slice the plantains lengthwise into thin planks, about 1/8-inch thick.
  5. Fry in batches until golden brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate, then toss with the spice mixture.
  6. Serve the chips with the dipping sauce.