Mofongo Recipe -
Mofongo  Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins


Recipe by  

"Mofongo might not look like much, but it sure is tasty. Mashed green plantains with garlic, olive oil and pork rinds (or bacon). Mofongo goes well with chicken or fish broth and can be stuffed with garlic shrimp, carne frita or octopus salad. It can also be formed into small balls and dropped in soups or served directly in a mortar. This is one of my many guilty pleasures!"

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Heat canola oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Mash the garlic with the olive oil in a mortar and pestle. Combine garlic mixture with the pork rinds in a large bowl; set aside.
  2. Fry the plantain chunks until golden and crispy, but not brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer the fried plantains into the bowl with the garlic mixture. Toss to coat. Mash the coated plantains with the mortar and pestle until smooth. Season with salt. Roll the plantain mixture into two large balls or several small balls before serving.
Kitchen-Friendly View


  • Editor's Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Reviews More Reviews

Jun 27, 2012

This is a very authentic Puertorrican Mofongo recipe. If you are not from PR will probably not know a few things: The mortar and pestle to be used is made of wood, look in the auction site for "Puerto Rico mortar" and you will find a lot for sale. If you run out of olive oil, the canola oil used for frying can be used as a substitute. In the States you can find Howard's Fried Pork Skin, they are very good for this recipe. When mashing the fried plantain, first add a pinch of salt and 1-2 cloves of garlic to the mortar and mash a little with the pestle, then, one by one, add the plantain chunks and mash. Once you have an homogeneous mixture the mofongo is ready. Run a knife or spatula between the mofongo and the mortar walls, turn the mortar upside down, and bang against the counter top; you will get a nice mofongo dome. Or, push the mofongo against the walls of the mortar, leaving the center hollow, and fill with your favorite seafood stew; eat directly from the mortar...Yummy!!!

Jun 21, 2011

Very good!!! I couldn't find the pork rinds so I crisped 3 bacon strips and ground them up. I also put about 1 tsp of butter in the mix together with the olive oil. YUMMMYYYYY

Jul 14, 2011

This is delicious but rather labor intensive. I don't know what sort of mortar & pestle the author of this recipe has, but I found the mashing of the garlic and plaintains difficult in my modestly-sized marble one. It definitely took more than 15 minutes! Does she have a LARGE authentic Puerto Rican wooden one (as seen on Man vs. Food)? The result, however, was wonderful (I ended up using my "boat motor" to puree it). I made this as my sister's b'day dinner (her request) along with "Camarones al Aijillo." Would not make again due to the difficuly of preparation, but thanks for sharing just the same.

Feb 09, 2014

I'm Puertorican and I don't own a Puertorican pestle or mortal(pilon) and it is my second time making it. I just got creative and I used a deep round bowl with a small baking rolling pin and used the round edges of it to mash the plantain. I creamed the garlic in the food processor. I also used the food processor to only beak in tiny pieces the pork skin. I used a combination of green plantain and slightly yellow ones. It is not that complicated to make it. It came out great and delicious to be my second time making mofongo! Thanks

Feb 05, 2014

The recipe was very easy to follow. It came out very tasty and tasted like home, Puerto Rico.

Aug 18, 2013

Used a food processor instead and it was amazingly great! Super easy too.

Feb 19, 2015

Loved this! It was like a trip back to the DR.

Jun 23, 2014

This was my first time making mofongo and it turned out delicious!! I added a few slices of bacon as I was mashing the plantains but followed everything else exactly. It was pretty easy and a big hit with my boyfriend who loves Puerto Rican food!


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 726 kcal
  • 36%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 58.6 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 55.7 g
  • 86%
  • Fiber
  • 4.2 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 6 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 110 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More

About the Cook

Subscribe Today!

In Season

Not The Same Old Chicken
Not The Same Old Chicken

We have so many top-rated chicken recipes, you'll never run out of dinner ideas again.

Slow Cooker Time Savers
Slow Cooker Time Savers

Imagine dinner making itself in the slow cooker while you relax or do other things.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Videos

How to Make Fried Sweet Plantains

See how to make fried sweet plantains.

How to Make Crispy Onion Rings

Watch Chef John make the crispiest onion rings ever!

Superb Sauteed Mushrooms

Mushrooms sauteed with red wine, teriyaki sauce and garlic.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States