Baked Plantains with Bacon and Cheese (Platanos Asados con Tocineta y Queso)

by Erica Dinho on April 13, 2011

Plantains with bacon and Cheese

I love plantains and this appetizer is one of my favorites. It is very easy to make and it is absolutely delicious. The sweetness of the ripe plantains is the perfect foil for smoked bacon and the fresh flavor of chimichurri. For this dish you need to use very ripe plantains.

These beauties can be served hot from the oven, warm, or at room temperature. Serve it with fresh chimichurri or cilantro pesto.

Buen provecho!

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(4 servings)

  • 4 ripe plantains, whole
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 thick slices of queso blanco or mozzarella
  • 4 bacon strips
  • Chimichurri or cilantro pesto to serve

Platanos con Queso y Tocineta


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°, cut the ends of the plantains and peel.
  2. Place them in a baking dish and brush with the butter, bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and slice the plantains lengthwise but not all the way through, stuff them with cheese slices and wrap with bacon.
  4. Return to the oven and bake 10 more minutes until the cheese melts and the bacon is cooked.
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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Olga @ MangoTomato April 13, 2011 at 10:56 AM

wow, this sounds amazing and so simple to make!


2 Kim April 13, 2011 at 12:38 PM

I’ve never seen plantains made this way before; it looks delicious!


3 Jeannie April 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Looks delicious! I suppose I can substitute plantains with bananas…yummy!


4 Ivy April 13, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Although I have never tried plantain these look very appetizing.


5 Luz Adriana Guzman April 13, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Loa plátanos maduros son delicios hasta solos


6 Lyndsey April 13, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Oh my gosh Erica, these look fantastic! I love coming here, I always see such great ideas and recipes! Yum!!


7 gloria April 13, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Erica these look absolutely delicious!! huggs, gloria


8 norma April 14, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Platanos, bacon and chimichurri…you had me at bacon. Great colors.


9 Joan Nova April 14, 2011 at 3:58 PM

I’ve had plantains stuffed with cheese, but not wrapped in bacon. I bet everyone loves them and I sure would like to try them. Thankfully, they’re not fried too.


10 Karen April 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM

OMG, these look so good!


11 grace April 16, 2011 at 2:34 AM

bacon, butter, AND cheese? plantains never had it so good! :)


12 Gera April 17, 2011 at 1:27 AM

I am melting like cheese with that baked plantains – and with chimichurri is heavenly :)




13 Barbara April 17, 2011 at 7:05 AM

Wow! I’m loving these, Erica! Plantains are great enough on their own, but you’ve two more fabulous layers of flavor!


14 Caroll Buitrago-Long April 18, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Hola, I made them on Saturday, and guess what?

EXTREMELY DELICIOUS like all the Colombian food. My husband suggested to put more cheese sine the bacon holds it and I will repeat them this week.
‘Muchas gracias por esos inventos!!

Ojalá tu bebe este muy bien y tu feliz en tu nueva etapa.
Dios te bendiga!!


15 Eboni Joi May 29, 2011 at 11:07 PM

I just made this dish and it was awesome! this is my first time cooking plantains! it was so easy and fun to do! thanks!!!


16 wendy July 13, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Can you use cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella?


17 Erica July 13, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Wendy- Yes, but I prefer mozzarella or queso blanco.


18 Sonia September 6, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Definitely trying this one. Looks so good. I usually am not a huge fan of plain plantains, but this one really looks nice. The photography is great too. Well done!


19 Sarah Juanita February 8, 2014 at 5:59 PM

This recipe was sooo GOOODDDD!
So filling! Me and my roomies added chives to the top afterwards but this recipe didn’t need too much extra! It was like the slipperiest, glutton-ist sandwich when you let it cool off. Yum YUM!


20 Bill June 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM

I just made a 1/2 serving of these and they were great! My wife and I peeled the bacon off and enjoyed them as a dessert with grilled chicken that had been marinated in BBQ sauce and white balsamic vinegar for 4 hours. Mixed red, yellow and orange peppers were mixed with raw zucchini and mushrooms and marinated for an hour in Italian dressing. The vegetables and ears of fresh corn were grilled on an open oak wood fire. Freshly sliced raw pineapple was also grilled over the oak wood. This made a terrific, low calorie meal which was very filling and easy to prepare. This is the first time I have cooked plantains and I will surely prepare the dish for dinner guests.


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