Our fourth recipe in our Recipes From Around the World series comes from the Dominican Republic: Mofongo! Local Leader in the DR, Rod Davis, shared with us his favorite Mofongo recipe!

Mofongo is a traditional Caribbean dish that shares roots in both The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. While similar, The Dominican version carries some distinct differences. The base begins with mashed green Plantains, mixed up with chicharrón (fried pork skins) and topped off with melted cheese and a garlic broth. There are many variations an toppings that can come with the Mofongo, but the classic is our favorite any time we are with our friends in the DR!


Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 1 hr 30 min


For the broth

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb beef bones (any type would do)
  • 2 cloves garlic mashed
  • 1 onion halved
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 sprig cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 3/4 tsp salt (or more, to taste)

For the Mofongo

  • 1 cup oil for frying (corn, peanut or soy)
  • 5 unripe plantains peeled, cut into ¾” slices
  • 1 lb pork cracklings cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 tbsp garlic mashed
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt (or more, to taste)



Step 1: In a deep pot heat the oil over medium heat. Brown the meat being careful that it does not burn. Add the garlic and onion and stir. Pour in water, and add cilantro, cilantro ancho, and oregano.
Step 2: Simmer for an hour over low heat, topping off the water every once in a while to maintain the same level.
Step 3: Season with salt to taste. Sieve and remove the solids.


Step 1: Heat oil over medium heat and fry the plantains till golden brown all over (3-5 mins). Using a mortar mash the plantain, garlic, and cracklings together (You might have to do it in small batches and mix in the end).
Step 2: Shape into 6 balls and place in small bowls.
Step 3: Serve garnished with the beef stock.

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