Mangu Recipe -
Mangu Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins


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"A Dominican favorite usually eaten in the morning."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    40 mins


  1. Place the plantains and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook 20 minutes, until plantains are tender but slightly firm. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the liquid. Cool plantains, and peel.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and saute the onion until tender.
  3. In a bowl, mash the plantains with the reserved liquid and salt. Transfer to a food processor, mix in the peppers, and puree. Serve the pureed plantain mixture topped with the onions.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 22, 2006

Peppers... I am Dominican and this is the first time I hear of adding pepper to Mangu... I think the rest of the recipe is pretty accurate.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 16, 2011

Dominican mangu doesnt have peppers... You're suppose to peel the green plaintains and add salt to the boiling water. We dominicans put butter before we mash them also. The onions taste better if you add a pinch of seasoned salt and a little bit of vinegar before you fry them and use canola oil like another member said.


14 Ratings

Jan 04, 2011

I love mangu, I am dominican and this is something that I introduced to my american wife and now she loves it. However, here is a slight twist to the recipe above: I use canola oil instead of olive oil to sautee the onions, and once they are done I add a tablespoon or two of white vinegar to the oil/onion mixture to add on top of the mangu. The plantains of course have to be as green as possible. Pair it with fried cheese (special type) and eggs...yummm

Dec 14, 2011

Make sure your plantains are green. Add salt to the water. The water should be salty but not overpowering. Peel and cut them up big or small depending on how long you want this to take to cook. Put them in the pot and let them boil. For your "escabeche" you can use red or white onions. Slice them up as your plantains are cooking and put in bowl with about a teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of white or red vinegar. Stir them up once or twice while the plantains cook. About halfway through boiling, add cold water to the plantains. This is known as "asustando los platanos". It means to frighten the plantains. Why we would want to do such a cruel thing to our lovely platanos is beyond me, but this is how the aunts taught me to make them. Once the platanos are soft, almost like potatoes would be for mashed potatoes (it's the same principle, you're just using plantains) take them out of the water but reserve some on the side. You can mash them with a fork or with a potato masher. Add butter and a little of the water you reserved so they're not too dry. You can also add a little very cold water to them. This will help keep your leftovers soft. The finished consistency should be a little thicker than mashed potatoes. Add oil to a pan, once it's warm take your onions out of your bowl using a slotted spoon.It'll pop some stir those around a bit until midway softened, reduce heat then add the vinegar thats left. Pour onions on your mangu. Que le aproveche!

Feb 25, 2012

I love, love mangu. My mom is Dominican and she makes great mangu. However, she has always put garlic in it. To mash the plaintains I sautee the garlic in olive oil being careful to not burn the garlic. Then, pour mixture over plaintains and mash. Also, I like peeling the plaintains before boiling them. If I don't peel them then, I DON'T use the water to mash.

Aug 28, 2005

I wasn't too sure about this recipe because it seemed confusing. For example, do I buy the yellow or green plantains and what are Anaheim peppers? I bought the yellow (that was all the store had) and put in a quarter cup of extra spicey habanera sauce. I know it's usually eaten in the morning, but we ate it as a side dish/mashed potato substitute and it was great.

Nov 12, 2004

My husband who doesn't care for fried plantains loved this and so did I, although I made it without the pepper as I did not have one. Is the pepper put in raw?

Aug 12, 2011

Traditional breakfast...but never had it with peppers. Add a little of fried cheese, mmmm


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  • Calories
  • 210 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.3 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 9.5 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 2.9 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 1.9 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 1756 mg
  • 70%

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

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