Authentic Rellenitos Recipe: Indulge in Guatemalan Sweet Plantain Delights

Dish recipes: Rellenitos
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Experience the delightful flavors of Guatemala with our authentic Rellenitos recipe. These sweet plantain delights are a beloved traditional dessert, featuring ripe plantains filled with a sweetened black bean paste, then fried to golden perfection. Let's embark on a culinary journey to Guatemala and learn how to prepare this delicious treat.


4 ripe plantains

1 cup cooked black beans

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Vegetable oil, for frying

Optional toppings: powdered sugar, cinnamon


Peel the ripe plantains and cut them into chunks. Boil them in water until they are soft, then drain and mash them in a bowl. In another bowl, mash the cooked black beans with brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and a pinch of salt until you have a smooth paste. Take a small portion of the mashed plantains and flatten it into a disc in the palm of your hand. Place a spoonful of the sweetened black bean paste in the center of the plantain disc. Fold the edges of the plantain disc over the filling to enclose it completely, shaping it into a ball. Repeat the process with the remaining plantains and filling. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry the filled plantain balls until they are golden brown and crispy on all sides. Remove the Rellenitos from the oil and drain them on paper towels to remove excess oil.


Serve the warm Rellenitos sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon for an extra touch of sweetness. These delightful treats are perfect for dessert or as a sweet snack any time of the day.

Rellenitos are a cherished dessert in Guatemala, loved for their sweet and comforting flavors. Try our authentic recipe to experience the deliciousness of this traditional treat right in your own home.