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Stuffed Plantain Cups (Tostones Rellenos)

Stuffed Plantain cups also called Tostones Rellenos are 2 bite appetizers.
Cooking Method
Difficulty Beginner
Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 10 min Total Time: 25 mins
Servings 8

These adorable 2 bite appetizers are beautiful little plantain cups filled with ropa vieja and topped with pickled red onion, avocado and cotija cheese.

Stuffed Plantain Cups (Tostones Rellenos)
    Pickled Onions
  • 1 Small Red Onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • Avocado Topping
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • Plantain Cups
  • 2 Plantain Bananas (Green to yellow as long as they are still firm to the touch.)
  • 1 cup Ropa Vieja
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Cotija Cheese
    Pickled Onions
  1. Thinly sliced red onions with pickling ingredients on a board.

    Thinly slice a small red onion. 

  2. Thinly sliced red onions with pickling liquid on a board.

    In a small bowl add the red wine vinegar, sugar and salt. Whisk together to combine and until dry ingredients are dissolved. 

  3. Pickling liquid being poured over thinly sliced red onions on a board.

    Pour red wine vinegar over onions. Refrigerate while preparing the Stuffed Plantain Cups. 

  4. Avocado Topping
  5. Cut avocado into bite sized pieces. Squeeze lemon over avocado to prevent browning and season with salt. Reserve in the refrigerator for later. 

  6. Stuffed Plantain Cups (Tostones Rellenos)
  7. Plantain bananas cut 2” thick on a board.

    Heat enough oil for frying plantains to 350*.

    Peel plantains. Cut plantains into 2 inch sections.

  8. Frying thick-cut plantain bananas in a deep fryer.

    Fry plantains for 5 minutes. Remove and drain on a rack or paper towels. 

  9. Using a tostonera to make plantain cups.

    Cover tostonera with plastic wrap on both sides. Smash cooked plantains in tostonera until a cup forms. 

  10. Frying plantain cups in a deep fryer.

    Refry plantain cups for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. 

  11. Plantain cups on a wire rack.

    Remove cups from oil and drain on a rack or paper towels. Season cups with kosher salt. 

  12. Plantain cup filling ingredients: ropa vieja, pickled red onions and avocado.

    Gather the pickled onions and avocado from the refrigerator. Grate 2 tablespoons of cotija cheese and put in a small bowl. Put 1 cup of ropa vieja or other shredded beef you are using as a filling in another bowl.

  13. Filled tostones rellenos on a wire rack.

    Fill each plantain cup.

    1. Spoon in ropa vieja.
    2. Top with pickled red onion.
    3. Top with a few pieces of avocado.
    4. Sprinkle with cotija cheese.
    5. Serve!