Chifles (Fried green banana/plantain chips)

Chifles are also known as mariquitas, chicharitas, platanutres, platanitos or plataninas, are thin fried green plantain banana chips.  This is a common snack in Ecuador. Seven out of seven Downings recommend this treat.


  • Peanut oil for frying
  • Green bananas or green plantains
  • Salt
  • Optional: Hot pepper, garlic cloves or cilantro for additional flavor variations


First.  Peel the green bananas or green plantains.

Then.  Slice the bananas or plantains.  Slice them as thin rounds or thin diagonal ovals.

Then.  Heat the oil, either in a deep sauté pan or fryer, to between 375 F – 400 F, there should be enough oil to fully cover the bananas or plantains.

Then.  Add the bananas or plantains to the hot oil; be careful not to overcrowd to keep them from sticking together.

Then.  Fry until the chips get a golden color.

Then.  Remove the chips from the oil and drain on paper towels.

Then.  Sprinkle with salt.

Enjoy.  Serve either warm or cold.

With love, C47AEA7E-E7FD-42F2-9652-93969FBCCB5AThe Downings

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