Ripe Plantain Balls (Buñuelos de Plátano Maduro)

by Erica Dinho on May 25, 2009

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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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rebecca subbiah May 25, 2009 at 8:46 AM

wow i bet those taste amazing Rebecca


2 Pocky May 25, 2009 at 9:49 AM

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. :)


3 Erica May 25, 2009 at 10:25 AM

You can find guava paste in
Thank you for your comment!


4 OysterCulture May 25, 2009 at 3:00 PM

These balls look fantastic and the perfect snack – would they keep if I were to make them for a picnic?


5 Erica May 25, 2009 at 7:17 PM

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


6 Eric May 25, 2009 at 3:16 PM

That would be part of my last meal for sure.



7 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie May 25, 2009 at 8:55 PM

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?


8 Erica May 26, 2009 at 7:15 AM

you can find guava paste in or


9 Joan Nova May 26, 2009 at 7:03 AM

And I imagine you could put a savory filling like picadillo or some shredded pork and have an equally delicious treat!


10 Diane August 3, 2012 at 9:26 AM

OMG! great idea! or stuffed with ropa vieja (bigger balls of course!!) I wonder if you could make a little bowl, fry it and fill it?? hummmmm….


11 Erica August 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

It sounds delicious!


12 Allison Lemons May 26, 2009 at 10:18 PM

I’m not even exaggerating…
My husband just looked at this post and said, “Buñuelos! Will you make these for me – please??”


13 Cynthia May 30, 2009 at 6:14 PM

I am definitely going to try this.


14 martha myers December 4, 2009 at 10:11 AM

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……..


15 Baking is my Zen December 12, 2009 at 7:58 PM

This looks sooooo good!!!


16 zerrin August 2, 2010 at 6:30 PM

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?


17 Catherine April 5, 2013 at 8:23 PM

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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