Marranita also known as puerquitas are green plantains balls stuffed with fried pork belly or chicharrón. These delicious fritters are a traditional Colombian appetizer from El Valle region of the country.
Marranitas o Puerquitas ( Green Plantain Balls Stuffed With Pork Belly)
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 2 green plantains peeled and cut into 12 chunks
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup chicharrones finely chopped
- Fill a large skillet with vegetable oil and heat the oil over medium-high heat to 365F.
- Place the crushed garlic in salted water and set aside.
- Carefully add the plantain chunks to the heated oil and fry them for 4 minutes on each side. Remove the plantains from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb oil.
- Let the fried plantain chunks cool for 2 minutes. Then put the plantain chunks between 2 plastic bags and and flatten, pressing with a cutting board to ¼″ inches tickeness.
- Dip the flattened plantains in the garlic water and place them on your hand and place some chicharrones in the middle and form a ball to enclose the chicharrones. Then smooth them with your hands. Repeat with the remaining plantains.
- Carefully place them in the hot oil and fry for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden on all sides.
- Using a slotted spoon remove from the oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and transfer to a serving plate.
Marranitas or Puerquitas are a popular appetizer from the Pacific zone of Colombia. Just because we call them appetizers, doesn't mean you can only serve them as a snack or before a meal. As a matter of fact, if you eat six of these marranitas, you are not going to have any room for dinner 🙂
Marranitas literally traslate as "little pig girls" and are fried green plantains stuffed with chopped chicharrones. I know, I know, this is not exactly diet food, but they are absolutely delicious. We Colombians, don't think about diet when we are eating our Colombian fritters 😉 Buen provecho!
Oh, let's not talk about diets and just enjoy these! Lisa of Lisa Is Cooking posted about jibaritos - sandwiches made with plantains - and now your recipe. I'm convinced that I need to pick up some plantains soon.
Miss Meat and Potatoes
Oh my gosh these look so good!! Plantains are my favorite and pork belly is my husband's - what a perfect treat!
5 Star Foodie
Plantains balls with pork belly stuffing! Wow! That sounds incredible and a must try for sure!
Baking is my Zen
My mom makes a version of these...oh soooo good!
They look wonderful! I love eating appetizers for a meal. I have some plantains, but I don't think they're green anymore, hehe! I love all checking all your delicious recipes!
"little pig girls" what a cute name! They look delicious. I bet I could eat at least six of them:D
Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes
These look so yummy, Erica! No wonder why they are so popular!
I have friends coming over this weekend and I am going to make these! Thank you for such an excellent recipe!
Thank you guys!
Those look much better than fried mushrooms or jalepenos!
Ay, que rico! Every once and a while it's good to eat fried pork, especially when it's encased in plantains.
Wow! These look just so wonderful and exciting! I want to try one. Now!
Oh my goodness, you've gone and done it. I could see myself making a batch of these beauties and than not being able to share. They look incredible!
I bet I could eat way more than six of those!
Erica, these look so irresistibly good! Beautiful combination of plantains and pork....yum. I would love to try these. Thanks for sharing.
balls stuffed with belly. erica, this rocks. what a unique and flavorful combination of foods!
What an interesting recipe for green plantains. I can just taste them through the picture. Thanks for the link to the filling so we can give these a try.
Fried plantains and pork belly? Can there be a more divine combination? Doubtful.
Thank you everyone for the comments!
Erica: sooo goood.....they remind me of my platano empanadas con picadillo
Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen
Oh wow, these look like very delectable little bites!
Que cosa mas deliciosa! Toda las comidas de nuestro pais son lo mejor! Gracias por la receta. Saludos!
I have never heard of the garlic in water method! How interesting! I will have to try it; the fritters sound so good I would like some for breakfast even.
Thank you! I truly appreciate all your comments 🙂
i tried doing them a couple days ago and had trouble with keeping them together. they kept falling apart on me as i was forming them into balls and as frying them. any help would be appreciated. thanks oh i didnot do them with chicharron i did them with ground pork.
Mari-Sprinkle warm water....that helps.
Hola Erica, me encanta tu website. Y AMO esta receta. Pero no está incompleta? Después de fritar las tostadas que debo hacer con el chicharron?
Gracias por toda esta maravillosa información!
Juan -No esta incompleta este es el paso: Dip the flattened plantains in the garlic water and place them on your hand and place some chicharrones in the middle and form a ball to enclose the chicharrones. Then smooth them with your hands. Repeat with the remaining plantains.
Hi Erica! These sound great and the photos look delicious. But when I tried to make them today, the plantain was just too brittle. After I fried them and mashed them to 1/4 inch, as you describe, it wasn't possible to bend them into a ball without them snapping. Is there a secret? Am I just using the wrong plantains? I used ones that I bought green, but that were turning yellowish by the time I fried them - so not quite maduros 🙂