Mofongo Recipe (Garlic-Flavored Mashed Plantains)

Mofongo Recipe (Garlic-Flavored Mashed Plantains): a very tasty dish with pork rind mixed in and strong umami flavor that will become a new favorite.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Dominican, Latino, Puerto Rico
Keyword chicharrones, garlic, plantain, pork
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 659kcal
Author Clara Gonzalez


For the broth

For the mofongo

  • 1 cup oil for frying
  • 5 unripe plantains peeled, cut into ¾" [2 cm] slices
  • 1 lb pork cracklings (see notes!) cut into 1″ [2.5 cm] pieces
  • 2 tbsp garlic mashed
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt (or more, to taste)


How to make the broth.

  • In a deep pot heat the oil over medium heat. Brown the meat being careful that it does not burn. Add the garlic and onion and stir. Pour in water, and add cilantro, cilantro ancho, and oregano.
  • Simmer for an hour over low heat, topping off the water every once in a while to maintain the same level.
  • Season with salt to taste. Sieve and remove the solids.

How to make mofongo

  • Heat oil over medium heat and fry the plantains till golden brown all over (3-5 mins). Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel.
  • Using a pilón (wooden mortar [link to affiliate store]) mash the plantain, garlic, and cracklings together (You might have to do it in 6 batches).
  • Shape into 6 balls and place in small bowls.
  • Serve garnished with the broth that you'll use to moisten the mofongo balls.



Pork crackling for mofongo

If you want to make pork cracklings from scratch, follow the directions and video in this recipe.

How do you reheat mofongo?

If you ever have leftover mofongo that you want to reheat, the best way to do so is to heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and pan-fry the mofongo until it is heated-through. 


Calories: 659kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 912mg | Potassium: 921mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 1725IU | Vitamin C: 30.2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.4mg