Best Baked Plantain Chips

Baked plantain chips spilling out of a white bowl.

Ever snacked on baked plantain chips? Well, this is the easiest and the best baked plantain chips recipe you'll try.

Once you make a batch of these, you'll never buy store-bought plantain chips again.

Why baked plantain chips?

Many years ago in Tampa, Florida, we dined at the famous Columbia Restaurant, a Cuban-style restaurant.

My children ordered their Cuban Sandwiches with a side order of plantain chips.

While a better alternative to potato chips, theirs are deep-fried.

Still, it gave me an idea to make crispy plantain chips at home. But they would be baked and come in several different flavors.

Buying and cutting plantains

Plantains are sold at most supermarkets and can be found near the bananas.

For this recipe, buy unripe green plantains, the greener the better. Don't worry about black spots on the peel as it doesn't affect the flesh.

Use a mandolin slicer to cut plantains into even, thin slices. Any kind of mandolin slicer is fine, from handheld to the kind that sits on a box to catch all the slices.

Otherwise, use a sharp paring knife and make the slices as thin and uniform as possible.

The thinner the chip, the crunchier your chips will be!

Spilled baked plantain chips on a tabletop.

Plantain nutrition makes homemade plantain chips a terrific snack

Plantains are a terrific source of fiber, B6, vitamins A and C, and potassium.

Although plantains look like bananas, they're different because they must be cooked before being eaten. Raw plantains are quite bitter!

Tips on baking plantain chips

Prepare the baking sheets: I find covering the baking sheet with parchment paper absorbs extra oil.

No parchment paper? Using aluminum foil on the prepared baking sheet helps cuts down cleanup time, too.

Don't burn them! Watch your plantain slices during baking time as they can burn in a few minutes.

Four bowls of baked plantain chips recipe flavored four ways.

Can I cook plantain chips in an air fryer?

No, but you can make tostones in an air fryer.

Compared to plantain chips, tostones are thicker and fried twice.

How to flavor your chips

There are four baked plantain chips flavor mixes in this recipe. All are naturally gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan.

However, feel free to experiment. Use premade barbecue rubs, seasoning salts, and infused oils.

You can also use my homemade taco seasoning recipe.

Doing paleo or Whole30?

These savory plantain chips recipes are also good for making whole30 and paleo chips.

Going to Tampa?

To learn more about the Columbia Restaurant in Tampa, Florida, check out:

The Columbia Restaurant: Celebrating a Century of History, Culture, and Cuisine

The Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook, and

Best-Loved Recipes from The Columbia Restaurant

Looking for more gluten free snacks?

Try these tasty snacks:

Gluten Free Applesauce Muffins Recipe

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Easy Coconut Macaroons Recipe

Yield: 6 SERVINGS

Baked Plantain Chips Recipe

Four white bowls of baked plantain chips flavored four ways.

Looking for a baked plantain chips recipe? These plantain chips can be flavored in different ways. Baked plantains are a nutritious snack.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

For Sweet & Spicy Baked Plantain Chips:

  • 2 green plantains
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar or no-calorie sugar substitute (granular not liquid) like Swerve Sweetener

For Salt & Pepper Baked Plantain Chips:

  • 2 green plantains
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste

For Garlic & Onion Baked Plantain Chips:

  • 2 green plantains
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste

For Cinnamon Sugar Baked Plantain Chips:

  • 2 green plantains
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or no-calorie sugar substitute (granular not liquid) like Swerve Sweetener

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Peel the plantain with a sharp knife. Then slice the plantains as thinly as possible with a mandoline slicer or knife.
  3. In a bowl, combine plantain slices, olive oil, and seasonings. Stir gently to coat the plantain chips.
  4. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Place a single layer of plantains on the parchment paper.
  5. Place the cookie sheet in the oven for 16 to 20 minutes. Turn plantains after 8 minutes.
  6. Baked Plantain chips are done when they start to brown around the edges. Remove from oven and serve.
  7. Baked Plantain Chips are best served warm. You can also cool the plantain chips on a baking rack lined with paper towels to soak up any extra oil, and serve them at room temperature, too. Plantain chips keep for about one day.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 501Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 464mgCarbohydrates: 102gFiber: 8gSugar: 46gProtein: 3g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.

Originally published January 16, 2014, January 26, 2016, and September 14, 2017

Updated with new pictures and information.