My love for all things Mexican food has led me on a never-ending search for the perfect grain-free tortillas, and I think I’ve found them! These ONE INGREDIENT plantain tortillas are SO easy and taste very similar to corn tortillas. You’ll feel great about eating these plantain tacos because they taste amazing and they are paleo. And, you just might just be on the search for more plantain recipes after you try this one…
How To Make Grain-Free Tortillas
These paleo plantain tortillas are seriously one of the best ways to eat a taco! You wouldn’t guess that using just one ingredient, plantain tortillas would turn out so perfectly.
Try out these simple steps to make your own plantain tacos:
- Cut plantains and boil. When the plantains are done boiling, you should be able to pierce them with a fork easily.
TIP: It’s important that you use green plantains. The plantains need to be really hard, so that they are starchy. Sweet plantains just don’t make the best tortillas.
- Remove the skin off the plantains and blend. The peels should slide right off, and the pieces of plantain can be tossed into the blender.
- Blend plantains until they become a dough-like texture.
- Take the dough and roll it into 12 balls. They’ll be roughly the size of golf balls.
- Place dough between 2 pieces of plastic and flatten. You can use a tortilla press or a rolling pin.
TIP: Use parchment paper or plastic to prevent sticking if necessary.
- Brown tortillas in a dry cast-ironed skillet. Once the plantain tortillas are browned, they are ready to serve.
That’s all you need to do; now you can stuff with whatever filling you want and grab a margarita! (Obviously!)
Plantain vs. Banana
If you aren’t experienced with these two foods, you may be wondering what the differences are between plantains and bananas. Here’s the difference:
- Plantains – While plantains do look very much like bananas, they are very different. First of all, the flavor of plantain is much different. The skin tends to be a lot thicker than a banana. Also, plantains are bigger in size and overall tougher than bananas too, not suitable for eating raw. They should always be cooked first!
- Bananas – They are sweet and delicious fruit that you can eat cold or hot. You can simply peel them and eat it without doing anything extra. They make look similar, but they taste very different.
How Do You Know If A Plantain Is Ripe?
You can tell a plantain is ripe by the color of the peel, just like you would a banana. Plantain skins will slowly change colors as they ripen from green to black.
For most plantain recipes, you are looking for green skin. Green plantains have a starchy flavor to them that is delicious when cooked. This healthy plantain recipe will be way too sweet if you use them when the peel is black.
Are Plantains Healthy?
Yes, if you carb handle the carbs, plantains are healthy. Check out these amazing plantain benefits:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
How Many Calories Are In A Plantain?
There are approximately 179 calories per medium plantain. If you make 4 tortillas per plantain, then you will have around 45 calories per plaintain taco shell.
How Do You Store Grain-Free Tortillas?
These grain-free tortillas should be stored in an airtight container. Keep them in the refrigerator for 8-10 days.
You can warm them up in the microwave with a damp paper towel on them. Another option is to warm the plantain tacos in a cast-ironed skillet, but be careful not to get them too crispy or they will break.
Can You Freeze Grain-Free Tortillas?
Yes, you can freeze plantain tortillas. Freeze them with parchment or wax paper in between the layers, so that they don’t stick together. Then, place the grain-free tortillas in a freezer-safe container for 1-2 months.
When you are ready to use, thaw them in the fridge overnight then heat when ready to serve.
More Paleo Mexican Recipes
All of these amazing paleo Mexican recipes are just what you need in your life! Dinner never tasted so good.
- Easy Chorizo Mexican Meatloaf – This dinner idea is packed with flavor.
- Mexican Sweet Potato Egg Boats – Perfect for a light dinner or lunch.
- The Best Huevos Rancheros – This is technically a breakfast dish, but breakfast for dinner is a must!
Plantain Grain-Free Tortillas Recipe
One ingredient grain-free tortillas are EASY and SO versatile. Plantain tortillas make amazing and delicious plantain tacos! It will be one of your favorite plantain recipes.
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- 3 medium Plantains
More TIPS about this paleo recipe in the post above!
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Slice the ends off of the plantains and cut into 5-6 rounds. Boil for about 15-20 minutes or until they are easily pierced with a fork. Drain.
- Peel the outer peel off of the plantains and toss the plantains into a blender. Blend just until they come together into a dough. Remove the dough and place in a bowl. Knead once or twice and then divide into 12 balls.
- Place a piece of plastic (I use a cut ziploc bag) on a tortilla press and place a piece of dough on the press. Top with another piece of plastic and press. **You can also use a rolling pin if you don't have a press.
Heat a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet over high heat and cook one tortilla at a time about 1 minute on each side until lightly browned and toasted. Repeat until you've cooked all of the tortillas.
Serving Size: 1 tortilla
Nutrition Information Per Serving
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols (though the latter are rarely seen on this site), because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.