Baked Plantain Chips Four Ways

Baked plantain chips in a white bowl.

Ever had plantain chips? Well, there’s a story behind this Baked Plantain Chips recipe!

When we were visiting Florida a few years ago, we dined at the famous Columbia Restaurant, a classic Cuban style restaurant in the Ybor City section of Tampa.

Luckily, the restaurant has a gluten free menu on their website. So I researched research what I could eat ahead of time like their famous 1905 Salad and their delicious and colorful plantain chips.

My children ordered the Cuban Sandwiches with a side order of plantain chips. I liked that their chips were a more wholesome alternative to French fries.

I got the idea to make a better for you baked plantain chips recipe to enjoy at home. You see, the plantain chips at the Columbia Restaurant are deep fried. And they were only flavored with salt.

Not only would my homemade plantain chips recipe would be a more wholesome alternative to potato chips for a party, but creating sweet as well as savory flavors would surely be a crowd pleaser!

Spilled baked plantain chips on a tabletop.

Buying, peeling and cutting plantains to make plantain chips

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

For this recipe, you want to buy unripe green plantains, the greener the better. Don’t worry about back spots on the plantain peel as it doesn’t affect the flesh.

A mandolin slicer is the perfect oven baked plantain recipes slicer as it will cut your plantains into even, thin slices. Otherwise, use a sharp paring knife and make the slices as thin and uniform as possible.

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

Plantain nutrition makes this plantain chips recipe a terrific snack!

Although plantains look like bananas, they’re quite different because they must be cooked before being eaten. If you eat them raw, you’ll find that plantains are quite bitter!

Are plantains nutritious? You betcha! Plantains are a great source of fiber and several vitamins and minerals including B6, vitamins A and C, and potassium.

Four bowls of baked plantain chips recipe.

Tips on how to make this plantain chips recipe

I find that baking the chips on parchment paper works best as the paper absorbs any extra oil.

However, if you don’t have any in your pantry, using aluminum foil on a baking sheet is fine and cuts down cleanup time.

Don't burn them! Also, remember to watch your plantain slices closely when baking as they tend to burn quickly.

Flavors: I’ve included four baked plantain chips flavor mixes in my recipe. All of them are naturally gluten free, vegetarian and vegan.

However, you should feel free to experiment on your own when flavoring this baked plantains recipe. Some ideas could include using premade barbecue rubs, seasoning salts, and/or infused oils.

You can also use my homemade taco seasoning recipe. Get out the herbs and spices and have fun!

Doing paleo? These savory plantain chips recipes are also a good for making 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 easy, gluten free snacks?

Try these tasty snacks:

Gluten Free Dairy Free Pine Nut Cookies

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Dip for Sandwiches

Homemade Yogurt Bites

Baked plantain chips in a white bowl.

Baked Plantain Chips Four Ways

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)

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)

Directions

  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 mandolin 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 cookie sheet in oven for 16 to 20 minutes. Turn plantains after 8 minutes.
  6. Plantain chips are done when they start to brown around the edges. Remove from oven and serve.
  7. 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.
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes
Servings: Yields 2 to 3 cups
  • Serving size: 1/2 cup

Originally published January 16, 2014, January 26, 2016, and September 14, 2017. Updated with new pictures and information.

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