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Plátanos en Mole

Plantains in Chocolate Sauce

Plátanos en mole is a very traditional Guatemalan dessert, created over four centuries ago in the kitchens of the Guatemalan oligarchy. Some years ago, the Guatemalan government declared this dish, along with three others, a “cultural heritage” of Guatemala.

The dish is relativley simple to prepare and quite tasty.

Plátanos en Mole


  • 3 plantains
  • oil for frying
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 pasilla chilis, deveined and seeded
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup + extra sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
  • sugar


Peel plantains and cut them diagonally into slices. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat and fry plantain slices on both sides, until golden. Remove and set aside.

Boil chocolate chips with water and mix well.

Put a thin layer of oil on a frying pan. Place punpkin seeds, 1/4 cup sesame seeds, cinnamon and chilis and toast.

Place chocolate water and the seed mixture in a blender and blend well.

Place plantain slices in a sauce pan, cover with chocolate mixture and cook on low for five minutes. Sprinkle with extra sesame seeds and sugar to taste and serve.

Adapted from a recipe at Mundo Chapín.

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