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Mangú Recipe: Perfect Dominican Mashed Plantains

Mangú recipe.
Foto: Utopia / Lorna P

This delicious Dominican dish is made from mashed plantains and topped with red onion. You’ll love this quick and easy mangú recipe.

Mangú, or mashed plantain, is a tasty side dish from the Dominican Republic made from mashed plantains and topped with sliced red onions. Vegan mangú uses vegan margarine instead of dairy butter, and you can also use plant-based milk.

It is common for Dominicans to eat mangú for breakfast with salami, fried eggs and fried cheese (known as “los tres golpes”). Vegans could try this recipe with vegan sausages or as a side dish to a vegan “chicken” pot pie pie. This recipe takes less than thirty minutes to make and only contains a few other ingredients, which you may already have at home.

For the best taste and texture, it’s best to serve mangú immediately, as the top of the dish can dry out. You can refrigerate any leftovers for up to two days. Reheat on low heat on the stove or in the microwave and add a little water or plant-based milk to reduce dryness.

Let’s learn how to make mangú.

Easy Mangú Recipe

Boil the sliced plantain until soft.
Boil the sliced plantain until soft. (Foto: Utopia / Lorna P)

Yield: 4 servings


  • 3 green (unripe) plantains
  • 3/4 tsp. salt + pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. vegan margarine
  • 1/2 cup red onions
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. oil


  1. Peel the plantains and chop them in half, then slice each half lengthwise.
  2. Place the sliced plantains in a medium-sized pot and cover with water. Add the salt and boil until soft.
  3. Strain and mash the plantains using a fork or potato masher until very smooth. Stir in the water and vegan margarine gradually and mash again until the margarine melts and the mixture is smooth but not too runny.
  4. Slice the onions into one-inch slices and marinate in a small bowl with the vinegar and a pinch of salt for five minutes.
  5. Warm the oil in a small pan over low heat and fry the onions for about two minutes, until transparent.
  6. Serve the mashed plantain immediately, garnished with onions.
  7. Enjoy your mangú!

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