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Crispy Spicy Tostones served with delicious guacamole
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4 from 2 votes

Crispy Spicy Tostones

These highly addictive Crispy Spicy Tostones scream fiesta or game-watching food while crushed red pepper flakes give these tostones a little heat without making them overly spicy!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Calories: 142kcal


  • 1 cup corn oil
  • 3 green plantains peeled, and 1-inch slices
  • Course salt or McCormick sea salt grinder
  • McCormick Gourmet crushed red pepper


  • Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat.
  • Fry slices in the hot oil for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. They should be a light golden color and semi-soft.
  • Remove the plantain slices with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  • When the plantain slices are cool enough to handle (about 1 minute), smash them into flat rounds with a tostonera or large bottom cup.
  • Fry the rounds in the hot oil for 1 to 3 minutes on each side. They will turn crisp and golden brown.
  • Transfer them to a paper towel-lined to drain and sprinkle them generously with coarse salt and crushed red pepper. Serve immediately.


Feel free to serve these topped with cheese as an appetizer, or with shrimp ceviche, pulled chicken, or avocado salad. 


Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1009IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg