Ripe Plantain Balls (Buñuelos de Plátano Maduro)

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bunuelos de platano maduro colombianos

These Buñuelos de Plátano Maduro are absolutely delicious and they can be served as an appetizer, side dish, snack or even as a dessert. If you prefer not to have them sweet just omit the guava paste.

Recetas Colombianas



(Makes 15 – 1 ½ in balls)

Colombian Food


  1. Cut the plantains in half, but don’t peel.
  2. Place the plantains in a medium pot and cover with water. Cook over medium heat for about 8 – 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the plantains from the water and peel. Mash with a potato masher or a fork.
  4. Form 15 balls of about 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons of plantain mash. Flatten them with your hands and place 1 piece of guava paste and 1 piece of cheese in the center.
  5. Form the ball again and place in a heavy pot with hot oil, over medium high heat. Fry for about 4 minutes turning over once, until golden brown.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the oil. Serve hot and sprinkle with sugar if you like.
  7. Recetas Colombianas

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  1. says

    Oh my goodness!!! Those look awesome!!! I love fried sweet plantains and I love guava. I want to try out this recipe so badly but I don’t know if I can get a hold of guava paste around where I live. I’ll have to check out some online stores.

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting on my blog. You have a great site here yourself. Keep up the good work. :)

    • Erica says

      I prefer them hot, but I am sure they are good either way…..just wrap them with foil.

  2. says

    My husband was just asking for something with plantains. I am totally going to be making these – these plantain balls look amazing! I don’t think I’m going to be able to find guava paste – what would you recommend as a substitute here?

  3. martha myers says

    Gracias por el esfuerzo y el orgullo con el que presentan la belleza y riqueza de nuestra gastronomia…….que maravilla el volver a reencontrarme con recetas y bocados de mi infancia……..

  4. says

    I saw this link on Oyster’s banana post. And love these balls! They look like a perfect dessert for me. I wonder how they become when they are cold?

  5. Catherine says

    I had the most heavenly experience eating these balones de plantanos near Milpe, Ecuador last summer (with the most excellent robust cup of coffee I have ever had…no joke). The balones were filled with savory treats…chicken, onion, green pepper, and maybe a tiny bit of chicken sauce of some kind. I was told to use half cooked mashed plantain mixed with half grated raw plantain. I have not tried to make these yet, but I also like the idea of guava:-)

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