Patacones Con Hogao (Colombian-style Fried Plantains with Tomato-onion Sauce) Recipe

Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Note: It's not necessary to peel or seed the tomatoes if you don't mind skin and seeds in your finished sauce.

Recipe Facts

Active: 45 mins
Total: 45 mins
Serves: 4 to 8 servings

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  • 2 pounds ripe roma tomatoes (about 8 tomatoes)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 small onion, finely sliced

  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (optional)

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 quarts vegetable oil

  • 4 green plantains, peeled and cut into 1-inch segments

  • Chopped parsley (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cut a small X into the bottom of each tomato. Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water and cook until skins are loosened, about 30 seconds. Transfer to an ice bath. Peel and discard skins. Split each tomato into quarters and remove the seeds and pale inner core with a knife. Slice resulting tomato filets into thin slices.

  2. Add tomatoes, olive oil, onion, and garlic to a large skillet. Season well with salt. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low, cover, and allow sauce to cook, stirring occasionally, until all vegetables are completely tender, about 30 minutes. Remove lid for last 5 minutes of cooking.

  3. While sauce simmers, heat oil in a wok or Dutch oven until it registers 300°F on an instant read or deep-fry thermometer. Add plantains and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

  4. Line your cutting board with plastic wrap. Smash plantains under a plastic wrap-lined metal can or heavy skillet to roughly 1/8th to 1/4-inch thickness.

  5. Heat oil up to 350°F to 375°F and return plantains to pot. Cook, stirring and flipping occasionally until golden brown and crisp. Transfer to a paper towel-line plate and immediately season with salt.

  6. Season sauce to taste with salt. Serve fried plantains topped with sauce and sprinkled with parsley.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
272 Calories
13g Fat
43g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 272
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 130mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 30mg 148%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 842mg 18%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)