Tostone Taco Bites (AIP, Paleo, High-Fiber)

Tostone Taco Bites (AIP, Paleo, High-Fiber)

You know that feeling when you try a recipe for the very first time and after just one bite you can’t wait to make it again and again?!

Well, that’s the feeling you’ll get when you try this dish!

These bite-sized tostone tacos are to die for and super fun to eat. I replaced the traditional taco shell with tostones since they are grain free, gut friendly and so delicious! 

Just in case you’re wondering what tostones are, they’re slices of unripe plantains that are fried, flattened, then fried again (in heat stable oil, of course!). Learn more about plantains and tostones here.

You can find plantains at most grocery stores. They look like big green bananas and tend to be located next to regular bananas. I’ve been able to find them at stores like Walmart, Fortinos & Longos.

Do you know of other stores that sell plantains? Let our community know by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post.

How to assemble Tostone Taco Bites:

  1. Spread guacamole on tostone.
  2. Add beef on top of guacamole.
  3. Grab with your fingers (or use a fork) and bite into your delicious creation!

This meal is packed with all the good stuff including healthy fats from grass-fed beef and avocado PLUS loads of fiber thanks to plantains and avocados, once again. I highly recommend adding this recipe to your list of “must try”, it’ll be love at first bite!

tostone taco bites

Tostone Taco Bites

INGREDIENTS: (serves 2-3)
1 lb grass-fed ground beef⁠
1 yellow onion, chopped⁠
2 cloves of garlic, ⁠sliced
1 zucchini, chopped⁠ (optional)
1 pack mushrooms, sliced
2 large plantains, peeled and cut into 1 inch slices
1-2 avocados
½ lime, juice only
Avocado oil
Sea salt & black pepper to taste

TACO SEASONING:
2 tsp dried oregano⁠
1 tsp garlic powder⁠
1 tsp onion powder⁠
½ tsp ground cinnamon⁠
½ tsp sea salt⁠

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Saute onion and garlic in 1 tbsp avocado oil until fragrant, then add in zucchini and mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes.

2. Add ground beef and taco seasoning. Break a part meat and cook until liquid evaporates and meat is browned.⁠

3. While beef is cooking, use another large pan to cook the plantains. Cover bottom of pan in avocado oil, heat oil then add plantain slices and fry on both sides until golden (roughly 2-minutes per side).⁠ Season with salt.

4. Remove plantains from pan and gently smash until flattened (I smash my plantains between two pieces of parchment paper with a mug or can).⁠

5. Add smashed plantains back to the pan and fry again on both sides until golden brown.⁠ Now you have tostones!

6. Mash avocado in a bowl, add lime juice, sea salt, black pepper and a pinch of garlic powder.

7. Place everything onto a dish as shown in photo and assemble your tostone tacos one by one!

tostone taco bites

Tostones (AIP, Gluten & Grain Free, High-Fiber)

Tostones (AIP, Gluten & Grain Free, High-Fiber)

DID YOU KNOW? Consuming plantains is a great way to relieve constipation and provide relief from hemorrhoids and digestive conditions like diverticulitis since they are high in fiber.

One cup of plantains contains 25-30 grams of fiber! The fiber and starch found in plantains are complex carbs.

Fiber and complex carbs are less processed and more slowly digested than the simple carbs found in processed foods. They keep you fuller and more satisfied for longer after a meal, which can be helpful for weight loss and management.

Cooked plantains are also a rich source of vitamins A, C, and B-6, and the minerals magnesium and potassium.

Although they may look like bananas, plantains are starchier, contain less sugar and are much more versatile as a cooking ingredient. Also, unlike bananas, plantains are typically cooked before eating.

How to prep plantains for cooking:

1. Use a paring knife, chop off ends of the plantain.
2. Score the sides of the plantain (lengthwise) all the way down.
3. Dig your thumb between the peel and plantain to remove each section of the peel.
4. Remove any remaining skin/peel using the knife.
5. From there you can dice, slice or use the plantain whole (depending on what the recipe calls for).

One of my favourite ways to enjoy plantains is in the form of tostones! Tostones are slices of unripe plantains, fried, flattened, then fried again.

They’re super easy and quick to make and only require 3 ingredients! Check out the recipe below.

Here are a few ways you can enjoy tostones:

  • As a snack or appetizer.
  • Dipped in guacamole or your favourite healthy dipping sauce.
  • As a breakfast side, along with bacon, eggs, and avocado.
  • With Picadillo
  • As a side to Latin American-style dishes or with any other meat dish.
Tostones

INGREDIENTS: (serves 2-3)
2 green (or slightly yellow) plantains, cut into 1-inch slices
1/4 cup avocado oil (more if needed)
Sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Cover the bottom of a large frying pan with avocado oil. Heat at medium-high.

2. Add plantain slices and fry on both sides until golden (roughly 2-3 minutes per side).⁠ Season with salt.

3. Remove plantains from pan and gently smash between 2 pieces of parchment paper until flattened. You can use the bottom of a mug or plate to smash.

4. Add smashed plantains back to the pan (add more oil if needed) and fry again on both sides until golden brown (roughly 2 minutes per side).

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