Jibarito Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Jibarito Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins


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"Authentic Puerto Rican sandwich that my family can't get enough of. Wonderful because there is NO bread involved!!!"

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  1. Heat 2 cups vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet or deep fryer to 350 degrees F. Place plantain halves in the oil and cook 1 to 2 minutes, until they float. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
  2. Place plantain halves between 2 cutting boards. Press to flatten. Place the flattened plantains back in the oil and cook for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet. Add the garlic, skirt steak, onion, cumin and oregano. Cook, stirring frequently, until steak is cooked through.
  4. To serve, spread mayonnaise on one of the plantain slices. Top with cheese, steak and onion mixture, lettuce, and tomato. Place the other plantain half on top to form a sandwich. Cut in half and serve!
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 18, 2008

Born and raised in Chicago as a Puerto Rican, we enjoy these with thick slices of cooked pork (Jamon) instead of steak. My personal addition is a slice of avacado. This is a very easy and special traditional meal. When preparing to take out...wrap each sandwich individually in foil to help keep ingredients together...but best fresh and hot! YUM!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 17, 2009

I don't get it....I did not like this at all. The parts of the dish don't blend well. I also thought the directions were lacking at times.


21 Ratings

Sep 10, 2007

¡Qué Rico! I LOVE these sandwiches. They make you happy when you make them and eat them...at least they do in our house. I always made mine with chicken, but the skirt steak is excellente!

Oct 10, 2011

These are excellent! Doubled the recipe and have done these twice in the past 2 weeks. First as written, the second time as the "Sandwich King" on Food Network does it: with ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato and a zesty garlic mayo (I also added avocado slices). The use of the plantains instead of bread is so versatile and I will try this with many more sandwich combinations (I'm thinking Cubano and BLT). This one is truly a keeper.

Jul 08, 2008

We couldn't find plantains, so we had to use red-bannanas as a substitute. Structural integrity was lacking (as expected given the choice) but it was surprisingly yummy. The fried bannanas definately give it that extra something to go with the mayo. Thanks!

Jun 14, 2010

I made these with seasoned shredded chicken, white american cheese and guacamole. They are wonderful!

Apr 02, 2008

Sandwich de platano! Delicioso! I like to season the meat with a little bit of salt & pepper or adobo, but if you are watching sodium then it's not necessary, the spices add some good flavor. You can really make these sandwiches with any meat that you like. I love it with chicken or turkey breast, or even some thick sliced virginia ham. Yummy!

Apr 17, 2009

Ummm, pretty good but didn't love 'em. I skipped the cheese and added avocado. It tasted like it needed a little extra kick, maybe some more salt&garlic? I'll try them again, or maybe just stick to the steak with a side of tostones.


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  • Calories
  • 1219 kcal
  • 61%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 65.4 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol
  • 68 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 100.4 g
  • 154%
  • Fiber
  • 6.1 g
  • 24%
  • Protein
  • 23.6 g
  • 47%
  • Sodium
  • 551 mg
  • 22%

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

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