I've been searching for a guilt-free "guac and chips" dish ever since I started eating guacamole 10 years ago, and I have finally found it by substituting tortilla chips for homemade baked plantain "chips." This dish was inspired by my love of all-things-plantain, although it is rather timely with Cinco de Mayo approaching this Thursday.
Also, this was the first time I used my mortar and pestle to make guacamole. I wanted to keep my guacamole recipe really traditional, and I got a nice little workout pounding away at the raw onion and fresh jalepeno peppers with the pestle. Of course, you don't have to make the plantains yourself--you can buy them already baked.
Baked Plantain Chips Recipe
1 pound of plantains, thinly sliced (I prefer unripe for this dish for a more savory chip) 2 tablespoons oil salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Arrange the thinly-sliced plantains s in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with one tablespoon of oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, flip over, and drizzle with remaining one tablespoon of oil. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, until golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and drain on paper towels.
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 3/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
- 2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 5 ripe avocados
- dash of cumin (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
- Using a fork, mash the avocados. Stir in remaining ingredients. Adjust seasoning and serve immediately.
- *If using a mortar and pestle, add onion and jalapeno peppers and pound until broken down. Add cilantro and continue pounding until broken down. Add the lime juice, avocado and seasonings, and pound to desired consistency. Stir in chopped tomatoes and serve immediately.