Patacones & Hogao Sauce: The Recipe


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Pataconas with Hogao Recipe: (Hogao is a common ‘salsa criollo’ used for many things including dipping patacoas):

Patacon Ingredients:

Very Green Plaintains, peeled and cut into one inch chunks

Canola or Vegetable Oil, enough to cover plantain chunks

Hogao Ingredients:

2 tbsp oil

1 cup chopped green onion

2 cups of chopped tomatoes

1 chopped garlic clove

1 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground pepper


  1. Heat two tablespoons of the oil in a saucepan, add the tomatoes, scallions, garlic, ground cumin and cook gently for 10 minutes, stirring until softened.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, add the salt and , cook for 10 minutes more, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened. Check and adjust the seasoning. Keep warm.
  3. Pour enough oil to cover all patacon chunks into a high sided pot and heat over medium high (ensure the burner isn’t bigger than the pot) until it is at an angry bubble when you toss a small bit of plantain in.
  4. Fry chunks, moving them slightly to ensure they don’t stick, until they are a light golden brown (3-5 minutes). Remove.
  5. Let cool for three minutes and then smash with the bottom of your biggest mug—I find that those ‘Tostonera’ contraptions are less functional and also lame.
  6.  Deep fry again for about two minutes, don’t let them get too dark.
  7. Plate them on some paper towels and sprinkle salt generously.

These can be served alongside almost anything or eaten alone with hogao sauce. I like them best when served with platters of rice, beans, steak and eggs. Hold a big one and shovel everything onto your fork before taking a chomp from each. The most elaborate of these platters is the Bandeja Paisa which includes white rice, frijoles, thin hanger steak, a fried egg, chicharrones, an arepa, and avocado. It also usually has platanos maduros but I always sub them out for pataconas because I need my salty shovel.

The ‘refajo’ I mentioned earlier is just an equal mix of one Colombiana soda and one lager beer. Pour them both into a pitcher; extremely refreshing.

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